This article accompanied a talk by Andrew Grant White, delivered April 12, 2021 as part of Richmond Area Mensa's "Meeting of the Minds" series.
An exert of the full article is published below, followed by a link to the full text.
Change Behavior – Recharge Productivity – Unleash Opportunity
This is not a conservative political article, per se. Facts. Are we data-driven or not?
To Create Your Renaissance, First Understand Your Dark Age
Life is what you make it. We can choose to be optimistic or pessimistic - personally and professionally. How is it then that at a time of unparalleled prosperity (“short-term” COVID-19 aside), ~30% of US citizens view socialism and communism favorably? Is our flirtation with well-proven historical devastation explained by stagnant wages, educational malfeasance, global warming nihilism…
…or loss of our American Dream? It is the latter, though not for reasons many may believe. If the American Dream is about making the next generation’s life better than the prior one’s, economics is primary. The metric of economics to study then is individual Productivity, defined as GDP growth– inflation – federal deficit spending – per capita impact. Productivity growth has lessened for 70 years:
If you identify the factors behind the degradation of productivity, you could change behaviors to experience a new growth Renaissance. As long-term productivity growth mirrors the wealth of a nation (or person), reversing productivity’s slowdown can increase opportunity in which Happiness can flourish.
Let the next 250 years of America commence!
The full talk can be found on Andrew Grant White's website.
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