The fact is that America does create The Free Enterprise System. Without its Generativity, there is no Free Enterprise:
- No Breakthroughs!
- No Innovation of the Breakthroughs!
- No Commercialization of the Innovations!!
The Generator creates the variability by generating the changeability. Without the Generator, there is only the increasingly restricted variability of the unfree. Ultimately, there is only Totalitarianism!
With Generativity, there is change! The deck gets reshuffled and marginal peoples get new opportunities. Perhaps that is why everyone else is afraid!
In transition, things change! Some people do, too! By way of illustration, I had occasion to teach at various universities and centers in Rome where I delivered to priests my book on “The Age of the New Capitalism.” In so doing, I gave instructions for the Vatican priests to hand-deliver the work to Pope John Paul and his staff. Eighteen months later, the Pope issued an Encyclical on “The New Capitalism.”
Alone among the leaders of the world, Pope John Paul II has addressed vigorously the issues of Freedom Versus Totalitarianism in his Centesimus Annus. He concluded that the wealth of nations is not so much “in the ground,” and therefore deserving of equitable distribution (translate socialism), as in the “Human Mind” that is infinite in its potential.
The Pope’s remaining questions for the future were simply what kind of “Free Economy,” based upon what kind of understanding of the “Acting Person.
The marginal high performing cultures that have been both recipients and influencers of The Freedom Functions are numerous. The cultural Jews of 20th century America have demonstrated leadership—culturally, economically, governmentally—by being incorporated by the moving and growing Freedom Systems.
Beginning as outcasts of Totalitarian Societies, they have become the leading contributors to Cultural Relating. Indeed, Jewish leadership among the Freudians and the Neo-Freudians generated the first Human Relations systems in the world. To this day, they continue to have leadership roles in the Helping and Human Relations professions.
Eliminated by the “genocidal holocaust” of the German tyranny, the Jews brought their own idealized version of participative governance from the Weimar Republic to “The Great Democracy of the West.” In so doing, they became leaders in the Civil Rights and now the Human Rights movements. What better way for a once-marginal, now-leading culture to protect the future contribution of all high-performing, marginal peoples?!
Disenfranchised by the “Pogroms” of the Control Economies of the East, the Jewish leaders gained financial skills in surviving among varied quarreling economies. They brought these skills to America to be incorporated by the Free Enterprise system. Some are now working initiatively to expand The Old Capitalism to incorporate The New Capital Development ingredients of generating wealth.
Altogether, the Jews of America have been significantly over-represented on all indices of constructive functioning—social, scientific, artistic and the same Per Capita GDP with which we measure the Prosperity of nations. Moreover, they are significantly under-represented on all indices of dysfunctionality—psychopathology, criminality, welfare dependency.
In a very real sense, as exemplars for marginality transformed into originality, the American Jews have been both the product and the model for The American Experience.
Historically, they were the products of The Freedom Func¬tions. Existentially, they model them: Collaborative Relating, Capitalistic Enterprise, Representative Governance.
Futuristically, they may serve among agents for elevating the American performance to actualize the freedom functions: Interdependent Relating, Entrepreneurial Free Enterprise, Enlightened Democratic Governance.
The once-marginal Jews say it best with their vision of “Tikúnalam“—The betterment of the world through the betterment of the person:”
- Cultural Relating,
- Participative Governance,
- Free Enterprise Economics.