The Revolution of Ideas

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The Revolution of Ideas

In 1815, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were corresponding regarding the origins of the American Revolution.  At that time, many considered the Revolution to have begun in 1775 with the famous ‘shot heard round the world’.  Adams, however, made the astute observation that, “The Revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington.” His profound point being that even though the actual act of separation didn’t take place until the military conflict began, the substantial shift in the way the British colonists of North America thought about themselves and the way that they interacted with one another built the foundation for the military and political separation.   It was their deeply held belief that they possessed the right and the ability to form a more perfect union and by doing so improve the world around them for their families and future generations.

In a similar way, we are launching a Revolution of ideas to transform America by substantially improving the way that we make political and economic decisions in the twenty-first century.  We believe that Americans have the right and the capability to govern ourselves far better than what we have experienced over the past several decades.  We understand that all of the exponential progress and advancement in science, medicine, technology, and overall well being, in addition to the rapid acceleration of political and economic development of the modern era is a byproduct of a tectonic shift in the quality and effectiveness of human decision making.

This first began by freeing Western thinking from the narrow, one-dimensional ideas that restrained European progress for a thousand years, and replacing the flawed medieval conception of society with a clear-minded focus on objective observation and analysis and systematically evaluating the evidence to differentiate between what works and what doesn’t work.  This is the dynamic by which the rapid acceleration of progress and prosperity was uniquely achieved over the past several centuries, creating more advances than the rest of human history combined.

Our Founding Fathers deeply understood the power of free, self-governing individuals unified by pluralistic institutions to unleash enormous prosperity while also maintaining the vital stability of the wider community.   The insightful traditions and durable institutions they put in place have served as the framework and foundation for our unparalleled success as a nation.

What is needed most urgently today is a return to the ideas, principles and productive debate upon which all of this exponential progress and prosperity were based.  We need to return to a focus on perpetual improvement and continual ascent and shed the distractions of ideology, partisan division and special interests.  These aspects dominating our current political dynamic are diverting our attention and blurring our focus from solving our most pressing problems, consistently generating accountable leadership and creating new pathways upwards.

The Synthesis Revolution is the mechanism to thoroughly understand these challenges and to shift our political and economic dynamic back to the productive dialogue that served us so well in the past.

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