The reason we have elected Trump for president is because the business/economic model has become the United States’ primary paradigm to run the world. It has surpassed the science, human rights, diplomatic and all other models. Climate Change is not challenged on scientific evidence as much as it is that it will hurt businesses and the economy. The Environmental Protection Agency is challenged not because the policies do not improve the environment but it hampers businesses. So the science and quality of life paradigms are supplanted or secondary to the economic model.
Trump is the ultimate economic model of thinking. He will close down his charity for conflict of interests but he will not release control of his economic enterprises. The trade agreements if not economically beneficial are not diplomatically important. TPP and NAFTA thus are measured only by what it benefits us economically not relationally. If we the richest nation economically sacrifice to make other nations loyal to us diplomatically in a trade agreement we have been bad negotiators.
The belief is that government is to not pay for non-essentials that do not enhance the economy. The military protects our country’s economic interests, our infrastructures are important because they enhance our business, but because arts and social services are not economically viable and controversial (at least in their thinking) they are not to be funded. Further illustration is foreign policies are based on not human rights but our national interests usually interpreted as economic interests such as oil, minerals, and other basic resources.
Government’s primary objective is to enhance economic prosperity. Quality of life, diplomatic, human rights, science models are secondary. This is what we as a country have allowed to transpire in our thinking. We all have succumbed to a large degree to this type of thinking. So we have trouble explaining bottom lines of charities are not the budget but the people. Charities were one of the last beacons of non-economic paradigms left but there are few if any charities who do not run primarily on an economic/business paradigm. The positions of leadership our CEOs, CFOs, and COOs who answer to a board and who are primarily business men (exclusive language is necessary here) have little if any knowledge about services to the poor or the group the charity serves. The question is now how are we going to pay for it; not what services are needed.
Now to be clear the problem is not the economic paradigm it has granted our society great benefits. The problem is when it grows into the behemoth paradigm that monopolizes all our thinking and controls our thinking on every issue. This brings us into deregulation of the meds and food we consume being dangerous to our health. It brings the air and water we breathe and drink being polluted. The land we cherished being over developed. And the list goes on.
Why is the economic paradigm winning in the marketplace of ideas? Because it is the only paradigm (besides a religious paradigm) that views control of all the facets of production a must. It is the only paradigm that believes if growth is not happening you are dying. The business model is one that wishes to root out or limit competitive ideals. None of the other models look to be the sole proprietor of thought. This puts the other paradigms at a loss. That is why environmental groups and poverty programs went to the business model in the first place unless they use the business model to justify their existence they would die. The language of quality of life, human rights, diplomacy, were subservient to the business model. The only paradigm that had survived until recent times was the science paradigm but under the new regime of thinking they too pay homage to the business paradigm.
So what are we to do? First, know how the paradigm effects your thinking in your home, job, church, and civic organizations. Second, make sure that other paradigms have a place at the table. Third, change the language from the bottom line, to how does it affect the people involved. Change the language from how can we pay for it to does it improve the quality of life, if so, then let us find a way to do it. This is the beginning but it took us a long time to get here and the business paradigm has created a monopoly on the paradigms and is currently in an expansion mode it will not disappear easily.