In order to improve, we have to be willing to admit to our mistakes.
The following are messages that Americans desperately need to hear.
Before watching the video below, I was, in a sense, colour blind. This message has the power to help both sides on the ideological divide understand each other (at least on this important issue).
I would also urge Americans to watch the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America. Some black Americans are trapped in circumstances, from which it is extremely hard to escape.1
"ASSUME THAT THE PERSON YOU ARE LISTENING TO MIGHT KNOW SOMETHING YOU DON’T."
This is rule 9 in Jordan Peterson's book 12 Rules for Life. If American's can take this rule to heart, they might save themselves a civil war.2 (And if American's truly want to address the injustices of America's past, they would do well to read "Righting Wrongs" in Os Guinness' book, Zero Hour America.)
See also You Say You Want a Revolution? | Os Guinness and “Putting Wrong Right” in his book, The Magna Carta of Humanity.
White Americans are privileged. But compared to North Koreans, aren’t all Americans privileged?3 See 15 Weird Things That Only Exist In North Korea
America has divided into two seemingly irreconcilable tribes.4 Why? See A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, Last Call for Liberty: How America's Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat and this short PragerU video, Why Do You Hate Conservatives?
If each community, including the police community, take responsibility for their own actions, America will be ok. (It’s not easy to do though. "With humility comes wisdom." That's what the good book says. For an excellent example of the kind of humility that earns respect and leads to change see the chapter “Extreme Ownership” in Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.)
Amongst the countries in the Western world America faces unique challenges due to it being the main target of a hostile power, which sought to increase the number of people within America's borders who would seek to destroy its traditions, values, and institutions. Their goal was to increase tensions, divide the country, and bring it to the point of collapse. (Rather than address existing problems they would draw attention to those problems and then exacerbate them; sexism and racism being primary examples.5) That power no longer exists, but what they set in motion has gathered momentum and may destroy America yet (see here, here and here).
Today hostile powers are using a similar strategy against America and the West. See here and here. Many people today imagine that they can create an economic system where all people are treated equally, but all systems of government reward some people financially, and punish others—including communism. See here. No matter how benevolent and wise the leaders in a communist country are, communism is not sustainable due to the problem of price controls. See George Reisman's book The Government Against the Economy.6)
It is true that America and the West have many things to be ashamed of (see the film America's Forgotten); but there are many things to be proud of too. See here. Unfortunately for Americans (and particularly for those Americans who call themselves Christians), their sins are more obvious to outsiders than many of the good things they have done—and are doing. (Note: Jesus never mocked people, but he did mock bad ideas. See The Moral Case for Mockery)
At the heart of most of America’s problems today, is hypocrisy—particularly in the church (see here). If enough people who call themselves Christians do not stop pretending to be better than they are, American’s will lose all their freedoms, and the rest of the world will begin to collapse into turmoil. (Christians must also take a good hard look at some of the things they have accepted as God’s truth; if the Church is not reformed, the salt will be taken out and trampled on. See An Open Letter to the Church Leadership)
Hopefully wisdom will prevail.7, 8
1. Some racists amongst white intellectual elites, have convinced many young black American’s that it’s a waste of time to try and escape such circumstances by working and studying hard (see Wealth, Poverty, and Politics by Thomas Sowell). They don't want blacks to succeed. Many young blacks are convinced that there is no point in even trying.
2. If you’re on the left and you want to know what conservatives are up to, read Unwoke: How to Defeat Cultural Marxism in America by Ted Cruz. If you are on the right and you want to know what the left is up to, read Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
3. Even the poorest people in America are wealthy compared to the vast majority of people in the world. See the video Immigration and World Poverty Explained with GUMBALLS. And strange as it may seem, the wealthier young American's seem to be, the more suicidal they seem to be. Why this lack of gratitude? Why are they so depressed? See Fireside Chat Ep. 260 — The Teenage Mental Health Crisis.
4. One side of American politics will never let the issues raised in ‘2000 Mules’ go until there is electoral reform. That alone, whether the election was stolen or not, is reason enough for those who don't believe the election was stolen to watch it. (See also John Anderson's (former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia) interview of Glenn Loury about the issues which face Black Americans and America as a whole today. (See here.)
5. To see how successful they have been, see The War on the West by Douglas Murray.
It is also worth noting, that just because some black Americans emphasis personal responsibility, and believe they have not experienced systemic racism (and therefore do not see themselves as victims of systemic racism), it does not make them Uncle Toms. (Is it right to question their lived experience?) Now that does not mean that some black people aren’t the white man’s lackeys. See Uncle Tom II. But most who are called Uncle Toms, are simply trying to be silenced by those who don't like what they are saying. (For those who are quick to label some black Americans as Uncle Toms, I strongly recommend they watch the videos Uncle Tom and What Killed Michael Brown? I also suggest that they listen to the following speech by a black representative. See here. (Tulsi Gabbard explains the real reason why so little gets done in Washington DC. See What Tulsi Gabbard Was Told Her First Day in Congress. See also How political parties can select better candidates through improving their system of voting.)
6. “Every commentator on current affairs who is not a fully trained economist ought to read this book if he wants to talk sense. I know no other place where the crucial issues are explained as clearly and convincingly as in this book.” - F. A. Hayek, Nobel Laureate, in Economics for 1975
Well-meaning people often support policies that lead to higher inflation, higher unemployment, and high rates of homelessness. Good intentions obviously are not enough to make this world a better place. "Zeal without knowledge is not good." If you vote, it would be wise to read a book or two on economics before voting. Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell and Reisman's book are both written for the layman.
“Funny how those who push equality always want to be "equal" with those who live in Calabasas or Malibu, has a trophy wife and a Bentley but never equal with those who take the bus and live in a one bedroom apartment in Boyle Heights or Compton.” — Jeff Ho
Reisman wrote an article with the unfortunate title, Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian. I say it is unfortunate because so little of it is about the de facto kind of socialism that the Nazis practiced, that it almost misleads as to what the article is essentially about. Before reading it, I was convinced that communism could work if you had the right people in power. Reisman persuaded me that communism cannot work in any country, no matter how benevolent and intelligent those in power are.
7. America is in real danger of becoming a techno-authoritarianism state (see here). The following is from an email I received in early 2021.
"Think of a country where a small group of people decide what is truth and what is fiction.
This group isn’t held accountable for its decisions. They get away with anything they like. Hiding behind giant media and tech companies, or corrupt third party “fact checkers,” these mysterious people decide what you can see...what you can hear...and what you can say.
This group of unknown people not only control the information you receive, but they routinely ruin people’s social status and careers through censorship, cancellation, and slander—just by pressing a few buttons on a keyboard.
I’m not talking about Russia. Or China. I’m talking about today’s America and the power of Big Tech."
8. A few people have told me that I should be concerned about the Great Reset. Like many of you, I had some questions about it, and never took the time to try and answer them for myself. My two main questions were: Is the Great Reset real? And if it is, should I be concerned? I’m not going to tell you what I've come to think about it, but I will say this, if you are not sure if it is real, and you want to know, watch The Great Global Reset documentary on Salem Now. See also "An Offset for the Reset?" in Os Guinness' book Zero Hour America.
Recommended Videos, Books and Articles
The Cold War: What We Saw (Podcast)
Zero Hour America by Os Guinness
I share the link to that last video with some reluctance. There are surely times to overthrow oppressive regimes, but it is a mistake for the American government to try and nation build if the people of that nation have values which are hostile to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. I think the U.S. government would be better off spending a small fraction of what it spends on the military, on countering Islamist and communist propaganda. (The best books I know of which do this are: The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek, Wealth, Poverty and Politics by Thomas Sowell, The Third Choice by Mark Durie, and The Government Against the Economy by George Reisman.) The U.S. government would also be better off not sending aid to governments in the form of cash (which dictators often use to their own advantage). Instead, they could help build the economies of those countries by giving them the gift of a highway, an airport, railway, or port (at no cost to the government or people of those countries), without making any demands on those governments or people.