United States of America
So... does the Grunch mean the noble ideals of Freedom and Democracy, fundamental to the rhetoric of USA institutions, are destined to fade away? Humanity cannot afford this option.
An army of literally soulless corporations, endowed with immortality, human rights, and the power to limit the liability of their shareholder creators, stalk the planet, consuming its resources with little thought for the future.
People with the power to challenge (even while staffing) these goliaths form one global network, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. USA iconography and the republican ideals for which it stands carries over into cyberspace for use by the pioneers of a newly democratic operating system -- or call it USA OS.
Log in, and ask not what cyberspace can do for you, but what you can do for cyberspace.
For further reading: On Virtualizing Government: A Design Science Approach
General Systems Theory
So... will current economic theory transform the world's starving into global university students, sorely in need of Food Services, living in dilapidated dorms without plumbing or email? How long will administrators let these living conditions persist? Will access to resources, both physical and metaphysical, be channeled through curriculum circuits, rewarding starving students with meal tickets, plane tickets, and other university catalog items in exchange for the hard work of learning a living through work/study in oft-times harsh campus environments? Not likely.
Economics is too comfortable with its monopoly status, as the one discipline qualified to study resource distribution, to fundamentally recast its worldview -- and yet economics itself teaches that monopoly is unhealthy.
In order to end Econ's unhealthy monopoly, the global university curriculum is phasing in General Systems Theory (GST) as a competing discipline, rhetorically positioned to take away a lot of Econ 101's market share. If you want to work for the goliaths of the future, better to have GST on your resume than a lot of worthless economics.
I expand on some of these ideas in:
Synergetics on the Web
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