“A republic, if you can keep it.” – Ben Franklin, 1787
Ben Franklin’s words are just as relevant today as they were when he uttered them 224 years ago outside of Independence Hall after the closing of the Constitutional Convention. The response was to a question he was posed to by a Philadelphia woman who had asked Dr. Franklin about the type of governing system the Founding Fathers had drafted for the colonies. Franklin and his fellow Revolutionary Brothers knew about the dangers of tyrannical powers posed to a free society. They knew that the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of property (and happiness) would be tested by foreign and domestic hostile forces. In some regards it may have been a harsher world then, but it was nowhere near as complex as it is now. However, in understanding their struggle to start this country we are equipped with guidelines and tools in which we must continuously work to “keep it.”
Developing Tomorrow (DT) is an academic blog that is dedicated to finding stability solutions in a complex world of technological innovations and conflicts. The purpose of this blog is to raise the level of awareness of stability operations and provide insightful ideas to policy makers and citizens that will strategically sharpen and reinforce the United States of America’s strategic edge in the Information Age. If the competitive edge of the United States is not strategically reinforced and sharpened, the United States will find itself on unfavorable ground, bogged down in a web conflicts that will confuse and overwhelm the status quo. Such a circumstance would leave the United States defenseless and inept in its abilities to protect the truths in which we hold…
“to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” – Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
Topics of discussion of this blog will cover a broad spectrum of philosophical thoughts, historical events, sociological movements/ counter-cultures, conflicts, organizations, tools, methods, strategies, and current events that are all relevant in maintaining the edge in the Information Age. Developing Tomorrow will utilize terms, ideas, and concepts from the disciplines of social science, mass communication, computer/web science, military science, business, and maybe occasional references to developments in the hard science fields so that I may analyze current events to produce stability strategies for unstable areas.
The Information Age has already brought and will continue to bring more changes in the way traditional institutions operate. Given the topic and nature of this study, sources will not be limited to academic journals and textbooks. Many sources will be found in the form of New Media products. These products will be derived from the digital world of academic, official and non-official institutions, experts, and professionals. New media products may include online documents, other entities’ blog entries/ social networking postings, and streamed speeches, interviews, films, and songs (pretty much any form of instant digital information.) If and when possible, DT will provide a direct web link to social networking pages, organizations, agencies, groups, and persons so that a broader range of analysis can be understood by further understandings of event details, ongoing/ future affairs, personal characteristics, group dynamics, related interests, and other means to extract more details of identity qualities. If the source material resides in print, DT will provide the necessary Title(s), Author(s), and Page Number(s) in which the referenced data is given and a link may be added so that you may purchase or view the book for free somewhere online.