One of the most important characteristics of any economy is the ability to adapt to change, this is why the Communist system was proven as a complete and catastrophic failure. The central control that the government had that was in the heart of this system also proved to be it's weakest link. When things were simple it was easy enough to allocate resources to all the different industries, plants and businesses. It is when things got a bit more complicated that caused a problem, it was hard to plan how and where to allocate resources without over-allocating or under-allocating. This is where the capitalist system shined, it did not need to be controlled artifacially by anyone but "by the invisible hand" it balanced itself and resources were allocated properly.
Now this is a known fact in the study of economics, my theory suggests that the society has a whole and the system fails to keep up with changes today. For example, the use of the Imperial measuring system is so obsolete that it amazes me that it is still used for some many thing. It is a system that is simple for measuring very simple things when you don't have proper measuring tools, but for big tasks it becomes too complicated to use. You can think of it as using a bubble sort vs a binary search. I am not sure of the roots of this system, but I know for a fact that even in the bible they used to measure things using the length of their arm (from the elbow down). Which is remarkably similar to feet, so I assume the reason for using it isn't that much different. But keep in mind that was 3000 years ago if not more. We have a more accurate measurment system, the metric system. The U.S. recognizes that fact, but has been "trying" for 40 years to implement it's use as a standard.
Another example is the QWERTY keyboard layout that was created to actually slow down typing speed in order to prevent jamming in early type writers. Dvorak keyboard layout is a better layout developed back in 1936! Why are we not using the better layout you ask?...
Yet another example is the American auto industry, always going for bigger and stronger, instead of smarter, more reliable and better handling. Why are they not changing things?
There are many many more example I can give you, and probably many you can think of, if you are willing to admit the facts. Now I ask you, was bush responsible for all of this solely? Of course not, we are here because some people preferred short term comfort and gains over the long run, but there is a price.
Americans seem to be a nation that resists change, even when it is for the better, it is my way or the highway. It is quite apparent that the set of mind that brought us here was the same as the famous tale about NASA engineers trying to invent a pen that will work in space, while the Chinese just used a pencil.
But America is not alone, specially when it comes to the war on terror, the Western world just does not want to learn. It will only take drastic measure that might be unacceptable by todays standards to win such a war.
Finally, a word of caution, don't rush to a promise of change either, it isn't always for the better. Remember what happened in Germany in 1932-1933 when they asked for a change. It can easily happen to you too.
Thank you for reading this,
This post has been edited by Mike007: 15 December 2008 - 06:11 PM