The Dynamics of Society and Your Life's Trajectory

Two articles touch on many aspects of strategy that I have been writing about recently, specifically how morality affects the power curve that drives you (and society) toward success and failure and how you can no longer depend upon society to promote the best courses of action. This long article from the Chicago Boyz touches on many issues reagarding "new morality," and I suggest that you read the whole thing. While its focus is on the effects of "new morality" on society, my concern is that this moral experimentation tends to damage an individual's progress in life, often irreparably. In general, this article suggests that most social reformers discount the time factor, that is, the fact that society (and individuals’ lives) follow a trajectory that cannot be judged by assuming society or people's lives are static. This seemingly unrelated article about income inequality by TYLER COWEN in the NY Times, explains how progressives get it wrong when they attempt to analyze the dynamics of change. The progressive agenda isn't seeking to understand how and why some people live better lives than others. Nor does it want to think about the individual choices, for example, more work versus more freedom, that affect invidual progress. The progressive agenda is set and all evidence must be skewed to justify more government action against successful people, more regulation, and more elitist control. This agenda is especially menacing because the success of a society depends on the success of the individuals within it. Individual success depends upon more freedom not less, specifically, more economic freedom, not more moral license. That point is made clearly by this article by Rebecca Hagelin, which sadly points to the fact that the US is becoming less competitive because of our corporate tax rate: 29 of our top trading partners have lower top rates than we do. And countries, such as "socialist" France are planning on cutting their top rate to make their companies more competitive. Lives and societies have trajectories. As long as social reformers in the US want to reward bad behavior, by protecting people from the unfortunate consequences of their poor decisions, and punish good behavior, by more heavily taxing the parts of our society that are the most productive, it will become that much harder for our society to continue making progress in the years ahead. The good news is that your life doesn't depend on the direction of society as a whole. The government isn't God. The media isn't God. Society isn't God. No matter what obstacles the government, media, or society puts in your way, you can still find the good paths to advance your position as long as you do not rely on government, media, or society to pick that path for you.