Do we need a new farm system for elitism?
Quickie from Wiki:
“In sports, a farm team, farm system, feeder team or nursery club, generally refers to a team or club whose role is to provide experience and training for young players, with an agreement that any successful players can move on to a higher level at a given point. This system can be implemented in many ways, both formally and informally.
The term is also used as a metaphor for any organization or activity that serves as a training ground for higher-level endeavors. For instance, sometimes business schools are referred to as "farm clubs" for the world of business.”
David Ignatius asked the question “why is an increasingly ‘connected’ world such a mess?” in a February article in the NY Times. More democracy and more Globalism seem to be leading to more chaos and confusion.
Thomas Friedman argues in his book The World is Flat that technology and more Globalism is driving the integration of the world and will lead to a better world.
Francis Fukuyama posted an essay in the New York Times Magazine, "More democracy will mean more alienation, radicalization and -- yes, unfortunately -- terrorism"?
The Middle East is turning into a cauldron of destruction and death. What the hell is going on? Where are our leaders? Are they out to lunch? Is this a beginning of a repeat of the twentieth century? Can humanity survive such a rebirth of such a century?
David Ignatius talked with a number of his contacts and formulated his answer to why is the world such a mess? His explanations are listed below:
1) As elites become connected in the world they lose their ‘home’ connection.
2) Connectedness produces local political disconnection.
3) I will add that our elites are now ‘following the money’ and the world is their ‘oyster’.
4) The Internet is a “rage enabler” and reinforcer.
Ignatius concludes that “The connected world is inescapable, like the global economy itself. But if we can begin to understand how it undermines political stability -- how it can separate elites from masses, and how it can enhance rage rather than reason -- then perhaps we will have a better chance of restabilizing a very disorderly world.”
Coberst concludes that we need to develop immediately a new ‘farm system’ for elite hood. There is a phrase from a popular post-WWI song that goes something like this “how ya goina keepem down on the farm after they’ve seen Parie”. If we manage to get a few people to “see Parie”, i.e. see what self-actualizing self-learning is about, we can develop a new farm system for elite hood.
Do we need a new ‘farm system’ for elite hood?