This writing is intentionally structured to prompt focus on two concepts. One is the nature of our current circumstances: how we are facing a resource crisis that stands to cause terrible consequences to our civilization, a problem that in large part owes its severity to broken social institutions and the interests that have bought them. The other is how we can use technology to create a framework that can solve our most pressing problems, allowing us to work thereafter to build a brighter future and a better world. This structure is intentional because these two concepts present a very real choice, a choice that is directly on us as individuals to make.
On one hand, we can choose to do nothing. We remain divided and allow the interests that have corrupted our society to win, leading to a future dominated by resource scarcity and conflict. On the other, we can refuse to let that happen and rather choose to reclaim our society back for ourselves and our interests.
At the end of the day, these are our two choices. We have no others, and our time to choose is running out.
For that reason, this writing has not minced words nor pulled punches. It has spoken plainly, honestly and often bluntly so that we might choose wisely, as the nature of our circumstances make this choice too important to decide through rose-colored glasses. Rather, it is a choice that needs to be made with eyes wide open.
We have long searched for a way to make this wiser, better choice and Universal Energy is the platform on which we can finally make it, as the problems it can solve and world it can build transcends the constraints of our present circumstances. It is the basis for a plan, and just as importantly, a strategy to see that plan implemented.
This strategy is to create a set of transparent blueprints for how we can work together to be effective in accomplishing goals that might otherwise seem blocked, impossibly, by obstacles powerful and foreboding. It might seem difficult, but this strategy can allow us to outflank the efforts of those who have corrupted our society. This strategy is how we can win.
This strategy will be successful because it is transparent and open source based on facts and built off compromise, and it lays all of its cards on the table so that there is no question of its intent. With Universal Energy as its backbone, this strategy outlines how we can act in four specific areas: political systems, our economy, the operating structure of government and the best mindset toward meeting our needs as a society so that we may solve the pressing problems of our time.
In its mechanisms, this strategy doesn’t just call for us to simply reform these areas within our current power dynamic. Rather, this strategy proposes a better option that we can use to replace them. Doing this will not be easy, but it’s critical to recognize our unique advantages that make this strategy possible – even beyond the impetus presented by Universal Energy’s ability to solve resource scarcity:
Advantage one: our capability to connect and share information over the internet is unparalleled throughout history. Whether supplementing (or bypassing) traditional media outlets, hundreds of millions of people can now interact with each other instantly – all the more so if using mobile devices. This has only become a possibility within the past 10 years or less and increases in scale every year, especially among younger generations. If organized effectively, online communication can outflank traditional media to promote our message.
Advantage two: our honest conversation last chapter was in many ways a sermon to the choir, as one would need to be living in a cave to not realize that our government is rotten. Disgust with our political establishment is at an all-time high; congressional disapproval is at 89% for a reason. As such, any alternative that has a viable plan to improve things will be actively considered by the public, as I believe people are looking to hear a better option.
Advantage three: millennials, the most tech-savvy generation by far, now outnumber baby boomers. Our social afflictions affect us more severely than any other generation, as we ultimately bear the burden of the mistakes of those who came before us. And for the first time since the Great Depression, we will expect to have a lower quality of life than generations prior. We are deeply dissatisfied with our current situation and are increasingly non-partisan as a result. So if an attractive alternative emerged, we would have the numbers and the tech prowess to see that alternative promoted, especially along with other Americans dissatisfied with our state of affairs.
Advantage four: most importantly, we are underestimated. The actors and interests that oppose us do not expect us to choose for a better world – let alone formulate a strategy to see that end fulfilled. Indeed, they’ve worked hard and spent billions of dollars to prevent it. From their actions, it is clear that they believe, through their financial control of politics, law, media and entertainment, that we have become too divided, too jaded, too busy, too indebted or just too lazy to form any sort of effective resistance to their power.
They think that at worst, we’ll just get angry and protest in some movement like Occupy Wall Street or the Tea Party that has only limited impact. And after venting our frustrations through online petitions or hashtag activism on social media sites, we’ll go back to embracing our day-to-day distractions.
These influences believe that we do not have what it takes to stand against their hegemony, that we lack the fortitude, the will and most importantly the patience to remain focused on a goal to reclaim ownership of our government and society.
These influences may believe this, yet they are wrong. They have underestimated who we are and what we are capable of – and I intend to prove it to you.
Writing about our social afflictions last chapter was heartbreaking because it stands in such contrast to who we once were. The things that we could do when we worked together. We were the first major democracy in the modern era and we beat the world’s greatest military power in order to claim our right to be so. We stared down the Third Reich and Axis powers – the closest thing in history to an army of darkness, and smacked it across three continents. The majority of major inventions in the past 100 years came from American minds, as did the majority of vaccines that eradicated plagues that previously claimed the lives of millions.
We once had a deep well of strength and a nigh unbreakable will.
And I believe these are things that we can have again.
I refuse to believe that we, America, the people who descended from the stock that defeated Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia suddenly became so weak-willed that we now lack the backbone to stand up to a bunch of lobbyists, social elitists and corrupt politicians.
That’s what’s going to defeat America? A bunch of crooks, liars and thieves in suits?
That is not an acceptable end to our story, and that will not be us. We’re no stranger to a fight, and although it seems like we’ve been doing a lot of fighting lately, we’re fighting each other at the behest of our opponents – not our real problems. We must start fighting smarter.
This chapter details how we can do just that, and it begins with our vote on Election Day.