This is a continuation of the ideas I presented "Democracy is Over", in which I predicted that the U.S. is moving toward a one-party, oligarchical political system. The possible advantage of such a system is that it would make room for strong leadership, the kind the current U.S. two-party system prohibits. A nightmare scenario has the U.S. being run by a handful of despotic overlords that use popular opinion and bribery to silence dissenters (which may be happening already!). But there's another way.
Thomas Friedman shared another observation at the lecture I attended that really spoke to me. It was an idea related to him by a friend of his (the name escapes me) in Palo Alto, California. His friend said that if you look at the modern world in a hierarchical way, the top is heavy, slow and dumb. Those are the people in charge, like the U.S. government and the corporate giants, like AT&T. The bottom is innovative, fast, and chaotic. That's where the entrepreneurs and young people are at. And they're taking over in many places.
The Middle East is a perfect example, which Friedman noted. Revolutions are starting there on Facebook and Twitter. The young people there are taking to the streets and forming underground networks that move faster than any traditional government can, eventually toppling those governments. Companies like Google and the aforementioned Facebook, started by free-swinging entrepreneurs in their early twenties, have grown to be dominant presences on the Internet. Derivatives of open source Unix and Linux projects that were developed by free-spirited coders have pushed top-heavy companies like Microsoft into the bottom tier of the mobile OS world (iOS incorporates considerable amounts of code from open source projects, and Android is based off of the Linux kernel).
It's worth looking at the success of Facebook, and then also Apple Computers, to see how a one-party system could be beneficial for the U.S. Facebook is run by Mark Zuckerberg, who is the de facto leader of the company (and a member of the Palo Alto think tank that is revolutionizing our country). He doesn't answer to a board of directors or shareholders, the type of people that would sacrifice tomorrow for the biggest profits they could get today. What he does is provide a strong vision for his company, and then defends it from distracting influences. That allows the people working under him to collaborate on developing Facebook without having to go through miles of red tape. Just consider this: all of Facebook's employees can directly access and manipulate their site's codebase. Facebook is essentially a "closed" open source project. It might seem chaotic, but it allows for innovation to happen as fast as possible. It's like controlled anarchy.
At Apple, Steve Jobs considered his most important job to keeping the "suits", or the executives, away from the developers so that they could concentrate on innovation. And we all know the result. Apple has released a stunning amount of iconic products in the last decade, such as the iMac, Mac OS X, the iPod, the iPhone, and now, the iPad. Jobs's vision took the company from has-been status to industry leader. That's the kind of vision the U.S. government needs right now. But how do you get visionaries into the White House?
That's where a one-party system could work out favorably. The U.S. needs a strong leader, someone that could bring the top thinkers into Washington, D.C. and protect them from the influences of lobbyists, career politicians (or, as I call them, "professional rabble-rousers"), and the constantly changing winds of popular public opinion. I'm talking controlled anarchy, here. Accomplishing that would mean ending the two-party system as the U.S. knows it so that a more harmonious working environment can exist. Think about it. You can't successfully run a company if its split into two halves that refuse to work together in meaningful ways. The U.S. as a country should be viewed no differently.
The top thinkers won't be the politicians you see today. The typical U.S. politician, right now, isn't an economist, environmentalist, or a scientist. It's no surprise that the problems we face today are beyond the understanding of most politicians. They live in the relativistic world of popular opinion. Facts come second for them. No, the top thinkers of today are specialists in their fields, dreamers that are willing to take bold leaps and to cross whatever boundaries they have to so that they can bring the latest innovations to mankind. Americans need to put those people in charge as soon as possible by electing a strong, intelligent leader that that could cut through the bureaucracy choking the U.S., or else the country they loved and the ideals they believed in will be lost forever. And then, all you'll be able to do is hope that a country like China will rise to the occasion and save the world from overpopulation and overconsumption in a humane way. Is that we want?
Out, I say, with the sociopaths in the U.S. Congress! In with the new!