Frequently Asked Questions
Why start from a clean slate?
Because it's the best way to come up with brilliant new solutions. We're looking for clarity, simplicity, brilliant insights, strokes of genius. We don't want to limit ourselves to what we can envision being implemented today. We want lateral thinking first, then work backwards from there. Put a man on the moon type thinking. It's simply the best way to accomplish big things.
Are you a progressive or liberal or conservative?
I'm neither of those things. I never agreed with any of the views of the typical left-right spectrum. I think it's based on a very limited world view.
People on the left tend to see victims everywhere. I don't agree with that point of view. I don't believe it does anything for anybody to see them as victims.
People on the right tend to want to limit competition, protect their crony friends and incumbents, and fight wars against things like drugs and terror, which are all costly mistakes.
What about all of the people who have a vested interest in the current system?
That's going to be a challenge for sure. I think the key is to appeal to their hearts and minds. I don't think anyone, no matter how wealthy they are, really enjoy living in a country where so many people are poor and uneducated and suffering.
You may live in your own isolated billionaire's enclaves, but isn't there some voice in there gnawing at you saying things could be different? I think the answer is yes. I think a lot of super-rich people (which would be the people who benefit most from keeping the current structure in place) would be interested in something better if they could clearly see the vision.
We can't get everybody on board, but I am convinced we can get a critical mass on board.
How are you going to unite a divided country?
Jonathan Haidt in The Righteous Mind breaks down the political left/right divide to six fundamental moral "taste receptors", where progressives tend to favor a few, libertarians fewer still, and conservatives generally all of them.
I believe we can make everyone see the value of all six moral taste receptors. They're going to have different weight, and different interpretations, but I believe we can make most people see the value of them as such, and based on that, I believe we can generate a foundation of shared understanding.
Differences are natural and good. What's important is that we can understand each other. That we can understand and respect where another person comes from, and why they feel the way they do. That's what makes all the difference, and I believe that is within reach.
Is this only for America?
Absolutely not. This is for the whole world. I am Danish, and I live in New York City. I happen to focus mostly on America, because it's where I live, and it's the cultural epicenter in many ways, but nothing in here should be construed as applying only to USA.
Anyone in particular I can help you reach?
Thanks for asking! Some of the people I'd love to connect with include, in alphabetical order:
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
- Barack Obama
- Bill Maher
- Daniel Pink
- Desmond Tutu
- Emmanuel Macron
- Jacob Holdt
- Jon Stewart
- Jonathan Haidt
- Jonathan Rausch
- Larry Lessig
- Lynne Twist
- Michael Moore
- Penn Jilette
- Ram Dass
- Richard Branson
- Salman Rushdie
- Sam Harris
- Simon Sinek
- Sir Ken Robinson
- Stephen Colbert
- Stephen Fry
- Tim Ryan
If you can help connect me with any of them, get in touch.