Go Lean Commentary
What is the formula for having/being a great society?
There is no doubt the societal engines of economics, security and governance must be optimized. But history has proven that these don’t just happen; there must be a concerted effort by stakeholders in society to make their community great. Yes, it takes “blood, sweat and tears”, but we find that there must be something else first, the right community attitude. The book Go Lean … Caribbean describes this attitude as community ethos …
… the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; the dominant assumptions of a people or period.
There are good ethos and bad ethos (defects). The Caribbean member-states are not known as great societies, despite having the greatest “address on the planet” in terms of terrain, fauna/flora, hospitality, festivities, food, rum and cigars. This is because our community attitudes or ethos … suck!
We all know people that are beautiful on the outside, but ugly on the inside. See a sample in this VIDEO clip here from a recent movie.
VIDEO – Shallow Hal (1/5) Movie CLIP – Dancing With the Nasties (2001) – https://youtu.be/K4j25DUQLgE
Published on Sep 8, 2015 – Movie: Shallow Hal, a feature about “Inner Beauty”/”Inner Ugly”. See more movie clips: http://j.mp/1POlWqm
Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a grossly obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal’s equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? Written by “Anonymous”
The Caribbean has “outer beauty” and “inner ugly”. See Photos here:
Identifying the Caribbean ugly – societal defects – is an important step in reforming and transforming the regional society. There are a number of defects to consider; this is commentary 1 of 4 from the movement behind the Go Lean book on the subject of Caribbean defects. So how do we move our region from the deficient-defective status quo to our targeted destination: the undisputed “greatest address on the planet”? By waging war on our defects. All of these commentaries detail that effort, for the following defects:
- Waging a Successful War on Orthodoxy
- Waging a Successful War on Stupidity
- Waging a Successful War on Rent
- Waging a Successful War on ‘Terrorism’
These commentaries draw reference to the Go Lean book, as it details the quest to transform the Caribbean; it features a how-to guide and roadmap for elevating the region’s societal engines (economic, security and governance).
What is ‘Orthodoxy’ and why is it important to “War” against it?
The simple definition is: a belief or a way of thinking that is accepted as true or correct. The more formal definition is defined as follows:
1. authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practice.
synonyms: doctrine, belief, conviction, creed, dogma, credo, theory, tenet, teaching
2. the whole community of Orthodox Jews or Orthodox Christians.
In everyday-speak, “do what you have always done; get what you always got”.
Is orthodoxy a force for good in modern society … in the Caribbean? Despite the above definitions relating to religion and doctrine, the unfortunate observation is:
“No, orthodoxy is not a force for moral good”.
The reference to Caribbean orthodoxy is not limited to religion; there are other defects as well; for example, there is the whole case study of colonialism:
Colonialism refers to the establishment of a colony in one territory by a political power from another territory; [particularly from Europe], and the subsequent maintenance, expansion, and exploitation of that colony. The term is also used to describe a set of unequal relationships between the European colonial power (British, Denmark, Dutch, French, Portugal and Spain) and the colony and often between the colonists and the indigenous peoples. The European colonies in the Caribbean also featured the practice of slavery of an imported African population.
The European colonial period was the era from the 16th century to the mid-20th century when several European powers established colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. At first the countries followed a policy of mercantilism, designed to strengthen the home economy at the expense of rivals, so the colonies were usually allowed to trade only with the mother country. By the mid-19th century, however, many empires gave up mercantilism and trade restrictions and introduced the principle of free trade, with few restrictions or tariffs.
The book Go Lean…Caribbean details (Page 307) a lot of the history of the European colonial movement in the Caribbean. Some territories changed hands from one European power to another (again and again); consider the island of Trinidad got their independence from the British, but the Spanish name of “Trinidad” (English equivalent of Trinity), extols the Spanish legacy. (The US Virgin Islands have a city named Christiansted, reflecting its Danish legacy). In fact, the 30 different member-states in Caribbean region feature 5 different European colonial legacies and 4 different languages. (18 Caribbean member-states are part of the British Commonwealth).
The Go Lean book serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU). The CU is designed to be a technocratic intergovernmental entity that sheds the orthodoxy of European colonialism. The goal is to reboot and optimize the region’s economic, security and governing engines.
How much of this European orthodoxy remain?
… this despite the fact that many of the former European powers have discontinued much of their orthodox practices. Consider these following examples in the Caribbean region:
- Patriarchy – Men “must” lead … at the peril of women; assigning more status and privileges to men; this effectuates repression of women and girls.
- Homosexual Persecution – Regulating the private affairs against homosexuality – i.e. British Buggery – has now been defined as a human rights violation.
- Domestic violence toleration
- Racial Prejudice & Dissension – The justification of African Slave Trade in the New World was religious expansionism.
- School uniforms for youth classification; girls must wear skits or dresses
- Nurses in clinics/hospitals must wear formal dresses and stockings
- Lawyers/Judges must wear wigs
- Supreme Court (highest) authority remaining in Europe
- Upper Chamber of Legislature a body of entitlement only
- Titles – Right Honorable, Lord, Your Eminence…
- Mercantilism – all trade must go through colonial masters; services (i.e. postal mail) and telecommunications continue this routing.
- Carnival festivities banned for Sundays
The results of this orthodoxy on our society is dire and desperate: we are near Failed-State status!
Too much?!?! Too radical an assessment? Think again, we have such a high societal abandonment rate that it is plausible to assign any descriptor synonymous with “failing”.
A mission of the Go Lean/CU roadmap is to mitigate Failed-State indices, and reverse the propensity for “human flight”. The book accepts the premise that many people flee the Caribbean region in search of refuge from the region’s strict orthodoxy. The book explains that there are two reasons why people flee their beloved homelands: “Push” and “Pull” factors. These factors highlight reasons that people want to flee “home” and seek “refuge” in foreign countries. “Refuge” is an appropriate word; because of societal defects, or orthodoxy; many from the Caribbean must leave as refugees – think LGBT, Disability, Domestic-abuse, Medically-challenged – for their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. On the other hand, the lure of a more prosperous life in foreign countries, (US, Canada and Europe) drive the “pull” side of the equation; these ones “pulled” are to be considered economic refugees.
What alternative is there to orthodoxy?
This commentary is NOT an attack on Christianity. A Christian character is preferred for the individual; but a “Christian nation”, not so much. This harmonizes with the Bible’s decree itself. Jesus Christ said:
“My kingdom is no part of the world”. – John 18:36
To answer the earlier question: why is it important to “Wage War” against orthodoxy? Religious orthodoxy is responsible for a lot of harm in the world, and in the Caribbean. The Go Lean movement (book and blogs) have identified the foregoing defects, many bad values, attitudes and community ethos. The Caribbean region needs to desist and make amends of these practices. We need to pursue an alternative ethos, the Greater Good. The book defines this (Page 37) as follows:
“It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong”. – Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)
The Go Lean book (Page 20) and movement advocates the community ethos of the Greater Good for all of the Caribbean. The movement wants to help reform and transform the Caribbean. We see the defects; we recognize that status quo, including the root causes and orthodoxy of many of our influences; we perceive the harmful effects. Still, we do not want to ban religion; we simply want a clear “Separation of Church and State”, because we have so many churches and so many States in the Caribbean. We must not favor one over another.
A “Separation of Church and State” is the standard in the advanced democracies; this is now embedded in the implied Social Contract. The Go Lean book defines (Page 170) the Social Contract as follows:
“Citizens surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the State in exchange for protection of remaining natural and legal rights”.
According to the foregoing orthodoxy list, this Social Contract is not the norm in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Social Contract should specify that governments must protect their citizens; that human rights are assumed and that there is a religious neutrality.
The Go Lean/CU roadmap employs a tactic of a “Separation-of-Powers between CU federal agencies and Caribbean member-state governments”; so the limitations of national laws in a member-state does not have to override the CU. The CU constitution would apply to the installations of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and Self-Governing Entities (SGE) that operate in controlled bordered territories like campuses, industrial parks, research labs and industrial plants. There is also the power of “peer pressure”; one Caribbean state making positive progress, inclines the others to follow suit.
This CU/Go Lean mission is to elevate society for Caribbean people in the Caribbean. There is the need to monitor the enforcement of human rights and stand “on guard” against movements towards Failed-State status. The Go Lean roadmap calls for the CU to assume that role. Using cutting edge delivery of best practices, the CU will employ strategies, tactics and implementations to impact its prime directives; identified with the following 3 statements:
- Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion & create 2.2 million new jobs.
- Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety assurances and protect the region’s economic engines.
- Improvement of Caribbean governance to support these engines.
The Go Lean roadmap seeks to optimize the entire Caribbean economic/security/governance eco-system. This vision is defined early in the book (Page 12) in the following pronouncements in the Declaration of Interdependence:
xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.
xii. Whereas the legacy in recent times in individual states may be that of ineffectual governance with no redress to higher authority, the accedence of this Federation will ensure accountability and escalation of the human and civil rights of the people for good governance, justice assurances, due process and the rule of law. As such, any threats of a “failed state” status for any member state must enact emergency measures on behalf of the Federation to protect the human, civil and property rights of the citizens, residents, allies, trading partners, and visitors of the affected member state and the Federation as a whole.
The Go Lean book posits that failing Caribbean communities can be rescued, that if “we do what we have always done, we get what we have always got”. Therefore Caribbean communities must adopt different community ethos, plus the executions of key strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to bring about change, empowerment and turn-around . The following is a sample from the Go Lean book:
|Community Ethos – Economic Principle – Economic Systems Influence Choices & Incentives||Page 21|
|Community Ethos – Economic Principle – Voluntary Trade Creates Wealth||Page 21|
|Community Ethos – Economic Systems Influence Choices & Incentives||Page 21|
|Community Ethos – People Respond to Incentives||Page 21|
|Community Ethos – Consequences of Choices Lie in the Future||Page 21|
|Community Ethos – Ways to Help Entrepreneurship||Page 28|
|Community Ethos – Ways to Impact Turn-Around||Page 33|
|Community Ethos – Ways to Manage Reconciliations||Page 34|
|Community Ethos – Ways to Promote Happiness||Page 36|
|Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Greater Good||Page 37|
|Strategy – Mission – Foster Local Economic Engines to Diversify the Economy||Page 45|
|Strategy – Mission – Keep the next generation at home; Repatriate Diaspora||Page 46|
|Tactical – Fostering a Technocracy||Page 64|
|Tactical – Tactics to Forge an $800 Billion Economy – High Multiplier Industries||Page 70|
|Tactical – Separation of Powers – Meteorological and Geological Service||Page 79|
|Tactical – Separation of Powers – Self-Governing Entities||Page 80|
|Implementation – Start-up Benefits from the EEZ||Page 104|
|Implementation – Steps to Implement Self-Governing Entities||Page 105|
|Planning – Big Ideas – Virtual “Turnpike” Operations to Ensure Continued Relevance||Page 127|
|Planning – Ways to Make the Caribbean Better||Page 131|
|Planning – Ways to Improve Image||Page 133|
|Planning – Ways to Improve Failed-State Indices||Page 134|
|Advocacy – Ways to Grow the Economy||Page 151|
|Advocacy – Ways to Create Jobs||Page 152|
|Advocacy – Ways to Better Manage the Social Contract||Page 170|
|Advocacy – Ways to Impact Justice||Page 177|
|Advocacy – Ways to Improve Communications||Page 186|
|Advocacy – Ways to Impact Hollywood – Convey Messaging||Page 203|
|Advocacy – Ways to Preserve Caribbean Heritage||Page 218|
|Appendix – Failed State Indicators & Definitions||Page 271|
The Caribbean can succeed in our efforts to improve our community ethos. Consider this sample of previous blog-commentaries that delve into aspects of forging change in the Caribbean community ethos:
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=10043||Integration Plan for Greater Caribbean Prosperity|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9595||Vision and Values for a ‘New’ Caribbean|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9428||Forging Change: Herd Mentality|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=8186||Respect for Minorities: ‘All for One’|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=7646||Going from ‘Good to Great’|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=7628||‘A Change Is Gonna Come’|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=7056||‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention’|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=5695||Repenting, Forgiving and Reconciling the Past|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=3915||‘Change the way you see the world; you change the world you see’|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=3780||Forging an Ethos of ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=623||‘Only at the precipice, do they change’|
The vision for a new Caribbean is one that has successfully ‘waged the war on orthodoxy’. This means a religiously neutral society that respects and protects the human rights for all stakeholders. This is easy to say, hard to do, but we have seen it successfully deployed in other societies, as in the same European communities that once colonized our Caribbean region. We need to follow their lead … again. We need to adjust our community ethos to reflect 2017, not 1867.
Yes, we can … do this heavy-lifting. We can work towards making our region a better homeland to live, work and play. We urge everyone in the Caribbean to lean-in to this roadmap for change and optimization. We do not have to “always do what we have always done”. We can do … and be better. 🙂