February 18th, 2020

Episode #26

The Great American Mindset Shift

The U.S. is in the process of ending long-standing practices and disconnecting from other parts of the world. In this episode, Dan Sullivan and Mark Young discuss what’s happening and share their predictions for major changes coming to the United States over the coming years and decades.

From Europe: The Declaration of Independence originally meant independence from the king and now means independence from Europe, period.

A shift: Donald Trump represents a shift in how America sees itself and how the rest of the world sees the U.S.

Reconstruction required: There’s a massive reconstruction now required in the U.S. because, over the past 75 years, the United States has used its money to build in the rest of the world.

Engagement over: The U.S. is sending messages in many different ways that their engagement with Europe, except in situations where they choose to be engaged, is now over.

European connection: The power of the intellectual class in the U.S. is part of a European connection, and that will disappear if the U.S. disconnects from Europe.

New heroes: People who actually do things and build things might replace the intellectual class as cultural heroes in the U.S.

Rationing energy: It’s possible that while the U.S. is energy-rich, the rest of the world will be rationing energy for the next 20 years.

No required alliances: Having an abundance of energy means that the U.S. won’t have to enter into military alliances with people they don’t like.

Less dependent: The U.S. is better equipped to survive a trade war than other countries because they’re less dependent on selling products outside of their own country.

Guaranteed trade: The easiest way for other countries to guarantee trade with the States is to move their factories to the U.S. and hire American workers.

For rent: It might happen that U.S. military protection will be for rent to other countries.

Limited trade: Great Britain may do deals with North America and limit trade with other parts of Europe to bilateral agreements.

Splintered party: As a result of the next election, the U.S. Democratic Party might splinter into at least two parties.

Unifying principle: The only unifying principle that the Democratic Party has is their hatred of Donald Trump.

Electoral votes: The game of U.S. politics isn’t about the popular vote but about how many electoral votes you get.

Central and South: The U.S. is going to pay a lot of attention to Central America and South America, who are geographically closer and who have energy, over the next 25 or 30 years.

Hatred from terror: The hatred of Trump comes from the terror that the philosophical basis and the foundations of the left are disintegrating.

University collapse: The U.S. might see a collapse of the traditional university model where the universities are the holders of knowledge and of credentials.

Not moving: In the end, few members of the left in America will actually leave the country, because moving is difficult.

20%: Annual surveys say that 20% of the people in the world who are thinking about moving want to move to the United States.