Donald: Slapping tariffs on imported goods isn’t the answer, educational reform is!

Noah denkt™ clarifies its endorsement of the 2016 GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump, first published on Feb 26, 2016

“Ford announces a few weeks ago that Ford is going to build a $2.5 billion car and truck and parts manufacturing plant in Mexico. I would call up the head of Ford, if I was president, I’d say, “Congratulations. I understand that you’re building a nice $2.5 billion car factory in Mexico and that you’re going to take your cars and sell them to the US zero tax, just flow them across the border.” And you say to yourself, “How does that help us? Where is that good”? It’s not. So I would say, “Let me give you the bad news. Every car and every part manufactured in this plant that comes across the border, we’re going to charge you a 35% tax, and that tax is going to be paid simultaneously with the transaction.”   – Donald Trump: 2015 announcement speech, June 16, 2015 ( see: http://www.ontheissues.org/2015_Hopefuls.htm

We have made it clear before that all our attention is at this time on the Republican US primary. No other issue can remotely excite us in the same manner as the intriguing candidacy of Mr. Donald Trump. His success so far is the most vivid confirmation of our earlier assessment according to which something very substantial and fundamental is going on in the Western economy the scope of which has not yet been understood by the establishment.  We continue to believe that the social and political challenges that technological innovation and free trade on one hand and an overly convenient and complacent approach to social and human entitlements on the other are creating a highly explosive cocktail that can ultimately shake the very basis of our freedom.

Noah denkt™ therefore welcomes the candidacy of Mr. Trump. At least he and Sen Bernie Sanders echo the sense of urgency that we ourselves feel about the state of the capitalist society. All other candidates both on the Republican and on the Democratic side hail way too much from your standard mold of career politics to overcome the “business-as-usual trap” that we find ourselves in at this time.

Alas, we do not believe that the correct answer to the digital free trade challenge is to increase trade barriers (Trump?) or to opt for wealth redistribution (Sanders). Both measures may bring about some near-term relief but they clearly do not help to put any democratic society on the path to sustained competitiveness. That sustained competitiveness which hopefully would then also create enough solid jobs for stable family income providers can only come from a radical change in school and university education. The academic approach in education which we are witnessing to this day had its undisputed merit in times when societies lived under a different concept of speed, mobility and change. In the well-ordered ages of analogue communication it was perfectly alright to first concentrate amply on building large theoretical foundations for somewhat unspecified later applications in the practical professional arena. In those decades where the typewriter was the glue that held large hierarchical organizations together it was absolutely adequate for institutions of learning to churn out legions of future employees with standard, middle of the road knowledge for stereotypical professional use. With the advent of 4G LTE communication, however, that era is definitely over. In the age of high frequency flash trading and self-employed freelancing the market requires operators and agents who are their own bosses and who manage to successfully reinvent themselves whenever such re-positioning is needed. The skill however to constantly maintain your competitive edge in the marketplace cannot be acquired in an institution that removes its teaching environment from that very marketplace. You simply will not be able to fathom the weird peculiarities of corporate decision making, the complex reality of different operating procedures, the actual technological prowess of a product proposition or the versatility of your competitors if you do not experience them where they are.

It is therefore of utmost importance that future education must be embedded as early as possible into the marketplace. It fact, it is our conviction that any successful education in the digital era must take its inspiration from the career path that famed concert pianist Lang Lang embarked on when taking his first piano lessons at age of three.  After all, it is the sad truth of the digital revolution that nobody will have a solid professional life if he or she does not rise to become exceptionally good in the field that he or she has chosen for him- or herself. And to get there one needs to learn a profession inside out and get a first feel for it when still being a child.

Granted, there are a lot of specifics that still need to be worked out in order to allow for an early age educational approach that is modeled on the dual teaching reality that has made Germany’s vocational training so successful. And yet there can be no doubt that some serious out-of-the-box-thinking will be required to adequately address the gaping social and economic needs of our times

In that respect it is a very positive sign that there is one candidate in the GOP primary field of 2016 that at least has the energy to break the standard mold of political thinking even if he doesn’t seem to have gotten to all the right answer yet. In other words, Noah denkt™ cannot help but sympathize with Mr. Trump’s campaign to win the GOP nomination and perhaps the Presidency later this year.

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