One of the stories in the annals of history which best captures entrepreneurial energy and entrepreneurial spirit is the story of Genghis Khan. Out of humble beginnings, Genghis Khan became an emperor and established his own dynasty essentially by outdueling and outwrestling his competitors, thus ascending to the throne and establishing his writ over a wide range of peoples and territories. Despite his extraordinary accomplishments, there is no physical memorial of Genghis Khan. No one knows where Genghis Khan is buried, and this is emblematic of a humble end which came out of a humble beginning. Yet, despite the humble beginning and humble end, Genghis Khan left an indelible mark on history and thus the present, given that the present is shaped by history.
Thus, what differentiates creatures of the bureaucracy like Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan – who are nothing more than two-cent congressional aides at best – from an entrepreneur and a leader is mentality and mindset. Creatures of the bureaucracy like Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan are confounded by a zero-sum mentality and mindset, whereas entrepreneurial energy and spirit along with leadership qualities stem from an abundance mentality and mindset. Creatures of the bureaucracy and mainstream media who have a zero-sum mentality and mindset cling and stress onto a negative and toxic environment, whereas entrepreneurs and leaders with an abundance mentality see the closing of a door and the passing of an opportunity as a harbinger for something much better that has yet to come.
Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan know very well who the experts and specialists are who in turn can ameliorate a situation that is currently defined by inflation and shortages, political dysfunction, and social turbulence. But the zero-sum mentality and paradigm they are confounded by puts limits on what they can accomplish and what the system can accomplish, thus bringing themselves down as well as everyone else down with them.
Nothing short of a paradigm shift in mentality and mindset can offset a situation that is now defined by inflation and shortages, political dysfunction, and social turbulence. And in essence, a paradigm shift amounts to a political revolution. As Thomas Kuhn wrote in one of the most famous works ever written in the social sciences, titled “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”:
“Political revolutions are inaugurated by a growing sense, often restricted to a segment of the political community, that existing institutions have ceased adequately to meet the problems posed by an environment that they have in part created. In much the same way, scientific revolutions are inaugurated by a growing sense, often restricted to a narrow subdivision of the scientific community, that an existing paradigm has ceased to function adequately in the exploration of an aspect of nature to which that paradigm itself had previously led the way.”
When Joe Biden holds a flashy meeting with his country’s governors and tells them they are on their own, it means that a paradigm shift and thus a political revolution is overdue. In a sense, the 21st century “Trump Movement” in the United States is somewhat of a parallel to 20th century Bolshevism. But what the establishment fails to realize is that America’s own version of Bolshevism is a byproduct of their own actions, thoughts and words. As the British Poet and Writer D.H. Lawrence wrote:
“O you hard-boiled conservatives and you soft-boiled liberals
don’t you see how you make bolshevism inevitable?”