To Young Americans:
You got a raw deal. America once provided unlimited promise to every citizen, and while still a great country, the American dream is fading.
Almost half of teenagers in urban poverty areas are without jobs. Among minorities the percentage is even higher.
Poorly-prepared young people are being pushed off the bottom rung of the economic ladder, by better-prepared workers who are themselves being pushed down the same ladder.
Most young people – when they can find jobs – work at jobs far below their educational levels or potential. Even the most successful face a very challenging future of limited opportunity.
A Half-Century of Decline
During the last fifty-four years, in spite of political promises and regardless of party the situation has deteriorated, and unless REAL CHANGE for the better occurs soon, the situation will continue to get worse.
It is not an exaggeration to say that we are living today in an alternate reality game (ARG), a parallel universe constructed of false images defined for us by the government of both parties, and the press.
As citizens we are reduced to thrashing around, evaluating problems based on deliberately false information, and encouraged to support “perfectly” constructed solutions for those false problems, only to find our real problems getting worse.
At best having the right answer to the wrong question leads you nowhere. It could also lead you over a cliff, to a messy end on the very real and very hard rocks below.
As long as we stay in this continuous loop of misinformation and bad analysis we will never get to the real source of the problem, be able to define a practical solution, or fix anything important.
We have just one real life, and it is not an ARG.
You have real decisions to make. You will live with the results of those decisions, for the rest of your life.
The Search for Answers
The Little Boy Asked – Why? The Search for Answers is the product of a personal journey. Packing cameras, my wife Natalie and I set out to explore the real world.
We made multiple discoveries, photographically documented our explorations, and enjoyed doing it.
When we returned, analyzed the data, and supplemented it with intense research, the sobering truth emerged.
While researching, we found that many of the so-called “expert” sources where most people turn to verify information, are often programmed and sanitized echo chambers.
A Message to the Future
After many months of intensive writing and re-writing, editing, and fact-checking, the results of our research are revealed in The Little Boy Asked – Why?
An extensive bibliography and numerous URL’s are included in the book to help you check the sources. The book includes over fifty photographs taken during our travels.
I wrote every word of this book with young people – like our own grandchildren – in mind. While ignoring the artificially-imposed parameters of political correctness, I have maintained a civil and rational approach. Truth is truth. Facts are facts.
As a professional analyst and consultant, defining problems and not solutions is unacceptable. The last two sections of the book address specific actions that need to be taken to rebuild the American dream. These actions are necessarily both political and economic. They must also be sustainable, and imbued with an ethic of stewardship.
Such actions will not be easy to undertake, but they need to be undertaken.
A Shining City – Again
I want for an America that is both free and filled with endless opportunities.
I want for each and every one of you to be successful, and to continue expanding the frontiers of science while eliminating need and improving the human condition.
I want the inescapable processes of disruptive reordering to result in a world where the true diversity of America – vocational, economic, spiritual, and yes political – becomes once again the fountainhead of its strength, and not its weakness.
The choice is yours. Read this book, discover the truth, and take control of your future.
Paperback – 262 pages. Ships to US addresses only.
Wayne's consulting company Affinity Systems LLC has managed numerous business strategy, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and process improvement projects (VMP) in manufacturing, government, distribution, and convention management.
He has developed training materials for ERP, Supply-Chain Management, Strategy, and Process Improvement. His specialties include systems assessment, software selection and installation, and process improvement. Through his website CompetitiveAmerica.us, Wayne continues to advocate for American industry.
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