‘Yes We Can’ Only Works With Truly New Ideas

While the “Yes We Can” momentum of President Barack Obama’s administration has produced public policy and political victories for the new chief executive at a record pace, it’s not likely to last unless the president and his team adopt some new rules.

That’s the opinion of one expert, who believes that even though Obama is adopting different policies than his predecessor, he is still using the same flawed decision-making backbone – and eventually – it will lead to decisions that are just as flawed.

Samuel Odunsi, author of Deep Thinking the Human Condition: New Ideas We Can’t Do Without from Human Rethink (www.humanrethink.com) believes that the current academic infrastructure that is used as the basis for all current research and data on world affairs is flawed at the core. The academic world’s motives don’t revolve as much around solving problems as they do around the perpetuation of the power base it currently enjoys, according to Odunsi.

As a result, our leaders find themselves in a repeating loop of questions without answers and problems with unattainable solutions.

“Persistent underdevelopment in the Third World and persistent poverty in the developed countries – two problems Obama promised to address – exist only because of the shortcomings of the institution whose job it is to address these issues – academia ,” Odunsi said. “If the designated problem solver had been doing his job, these troubles will not exist today. The dilemma is that we all rely on the conclusions of the academics that serve as society’s conceptual back office. If the conclusions of our conceptual back office are wrong, we, too, are wrong. Our conceptual back office has misled us all. That is the reason why these crises cannot be solved.”

This same flawed leadership explains much of the divisions between the political left and right in the U.S., Odunsi added.

“The divisions are superficial. Both sides depend on the same fundamental premises held by the academics,” he said. “This is why the political right cannot change additional minds and continues to be co-opted by the political left. The end result is that the persistent underdevelopment in the Third World and persistent poverty in the West – problems that CAN be systematically solved, have not been solved. The concrete answers, known as canon among those in the field and those attempting to address the problems in the trenches, are never heard.”

The key element that separates the problems from the solutions is the fact that rich countries are separated from the poor by virtue of culture, Odunsi explained.

“To see this logic, all we have to do is look back to how the United States was settled and grown,” he said. “We had no universities or academic experts to feed leaders data and guide policy decisions. The policy was simply, ‘Go West, young man.’ We populated the land and made it up as we went along. But now that we are rich and prosperous, the world looks to us for answers, and we look to our academics, who say, ‘Don’t do it the way we did it – use these theories that have never been applied, instead.’ If Obama is to have a chance at solving these problems, and many others, he and his team need to begin trusting those in the field, and turn their backs on the academic world who misguide our policy-makers.’”

About the Author

Odunsi has a B.A. in business from Texas State University. He resides in Texas and is a private business person not affiliated with any public or private academic institution or think tank.

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