Charlie Rose recently interview Tom Friedman (above), who has a new book coming out in the Fall. I agree with Friedman on the three large, accelerating forces that are reshaping the world. I think our current educational system has not adapted to these accelerating global trends and that our current political institutions, including national, state and city governments plus school boards, have not been providing any leadership on the issues. Our schools are outdated: too few dual language immersion programs, no paid high school study abroad, and too little use of digital technology. Plus our schools are increasingly segregated by race and class. Our politics seems incapable of dealing with these issues. It is more than frustrating.
First, Friedman on the three trends (minute 1:33)
And the sort of core theme of the book is that we are in the middle of three nonlinear accelerations, all at the same time with the three largest forces on the planet. Which I call the Market, Mother Nature, and Moore's law. So, Moore's law, the speed and power of microchips will double every 24 months. If we put it on the graph, we know what it looks like, it looks like that. Looks like a hockey stick. Mother Nature, that's climate change, global average temperature. If we put that on a graph, we know what it looks like, it looks like a hockey stick. And the market is globalization, not trade, not just trade, or financial flows, some of that's actually down. But the globalization of flow, whether is Facebook, or Twitter, or WhatsApp, all these things that are now flowing, you put that on a graph it looks like a hockey stick. So, my argument, Charlie, is we are in the middle of actually three accelerations all at the same time, each feeding off the other, more Moore's Law drives more globalization, more globalization drives more climate change and more solutions to both. And I believe these three accelerations aren't just changing the world, they're really transforming and reshaping everything. They're reshaping politics. They're reshaping geopolitics. They're reshaping the workplace, and they're reshaping, really our ethical and moral choices.
Friedman on his politics (minute 7:30):
I'm actually a nonpartisan extremist, OK. What I mean by that is I'm not for a third party. Who wants to be a third party between two stale dead parties? I'm for a fourth party. What is a fourth party? I think -- I mean, my own politics -- I'm actually to the left of Bernie Sanders on a lot of issues, in this age of acceleration, we're going to need a strength in our safety nets. The world is going to get too fast for some people, but to pay for it, I'm to the right of "The Wall Street Journal" editorial page. For instance, I'd get rid of all corporate taxes. And I would really change the whole tax structure, and I would replace them with a carbon tax, a tax on bullets, a tax on sugar, and a small financial transaction.