Blog # 200 – Ignorance is no excuse – Milestone in Enlightenment

Go Lean Commentary – Number 200

We have now reached a new milestone in the distribution of the blogs from the publishers of the book Go Lean…Caribbean, 200 submissions. That’s a lot of blogs and a lot of enlightenment, (see Appendix below); there is now no excuse for ignorance in the Caribbean region. (Enlightenment is defined here as the opposite of ignorance).

The Go Lean book stresses the subject of the “Age of Enlightenment” (Page 170); relating the cultural movement of intellectuals in the 17th and 18th centuries, (between 1650 to 1700). Enlightenment thinkers used logic and reason to challenge ideas grounded in nothing more than ignorance, superstition, arbitrary tradition and dogmatic faith. There is now a new need for an Age of Enlightenment for Caribbean society as ignorance, superstition, arbitrary tradition and dogmatic faith has re-emerged as a negative community ethos.

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The Go Lean book posits that 2008 is the pivotal year for Caribbean enlightenment (Page 136) – see the VIDEO below. Our Age of Enlightenment unfurled since 2008. This acknowledgement is recognized at the outset of the book with this Declaration of Interdependence (Page 11) opening statement:

xxi. Whereas the legacy of international democracies had been imperiled due to a global financial crisis, the structure of the Federation must allow for financial stability and assurance of the Federation’s institutions. To mandate the economic vibrancy of the region, monetary and fiscal controls and policies must be incorporated as proactive and reactive measures. These measures must address threats against the financial integrity of the Federation and of the member-states.

This roadmap was constructed with assessments, community ethos, strategies, tactics, implementation and advocacies to mitigate the ignorance, superstitions, arbitrary traditions and dogmatic faith of the Caribbean status quo.

One example of dogmatic faith, the focus of this commentary, is the elevation of the view that the United States of America is the panacea of Caribbean ills. As a result, the book and aligned blog commentaries elaborate on how the countries of the Caribbean region emerged as parasites to American-ism, rather than protégés for an advanced society. (The assessment is that even the US territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are dysfunctional in their societal engines).

The Go Lean book is not anti-American, on the contrary, we look to the US as a role model of democracy and seek to emulate provisions of the US Constitution (Page 145). The book simply asserts that the Caribbean member-states must “man up” and assume our own destiny, not look for someone else, the US, to solve our problems of economic, security and governing dysfunction. This theme has been a frequent topic for blogging by the Go Lean promoters, as sampled here:

American-ism – Miami’s Success versus Caribbean Failure
A Lesson in History: Deferred Gratification as a Community Ethos of WW II
Protégé Model for Caribbean/Latin America: Korean Example
Applying Lessons from 2008 – Depth and Breath of Crises
Sports Role Model – US versus the World
America’s Navy – 100 Percent – Model for Caribbean
American Self-Interest – Senate bill targets companies that move overseas
‘Prosper Where You Are Planted’ – Book Review and Community Ethos
Caribbean loses over 70% of tertiary educated citizens to the brain drain – Mostly to the US
Open the Time Capsule: The Great Recession of 2008
Caribbean Reality – Only at the precipice, do they change
Ailing Puerto Rico open to radical economic fixes
Book Review: ‘Wrong – Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn…’
10 Things We Want from the US and 10 Things We Don’t Want from the US

Change has come to the Caribbean region; an upgrade to the Caribbean intelligentsia.

The book Go Lean…Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU) and the Caribbean Central Bank (CCB). This Caribbean empowerment roadmap has 3 prime directives:

  • 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 protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines.

The book described both the CU and CCB as hallmarks of technocracy, a commitment to efficiency and effectiveness. The book itself is 370 pages and covers 144 different missions.

The following is a sample of these specific details from the book related to this commentary:

Community Ethos – Deferred Gratification Page 21
Community Ethos – Consequences of Choices Lie in the Future Page 21
Community Ethos – Return on Investments (ROI) Page 23
Community Ethos – Lean Operations Page 24
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Future Page 26
Strategy – Vision – Confederate 30 Member-States Page 45
Strategy – Missions – 144 Advocacies Page 457
Tactical – Confederating a Permanent Union Page 63
Tactical – Fostering a Technocracy Page 64
Implementation – Ways to Pay for Change Page 101
Implementation – Ways to Deliver Page 109
Planning – 10 Big Ideas for the Caribbean Region Page 127
Planning – Lessons Learned from 2008 Page 136
Advocacy – Ways to Grow the Economy Page 151
Advocacy – Ways to Create Jobs Page 152
Advocacy – Reforms for Banking Regulations Page 199
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Wall Street Page 200
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Main Street Page 201
Appendix – Credit Ratings Agencies in 2008 Page 276

It is understandable that the reference to “parasite” is negative. The book describes positive community ethos that we advocate for adoption. But the “parasite” reference is appropriate; the disposition of the host, directly impacts the disposition of the parasite. The financial crisis of 2008, initiated by American financial defects, severely crippled Caribbean economies. Even now, despite the recovery in the US, Caribbean economic malaise lingers.

A protégé disposition is so much more preferred. We should apply the best practices of American society, and other cultures as well. (The Go Lean book directly refers to Canada – Page 146 – and the European Union – Page 130).

This quest for Go Lean…Caribbean is huge, making our homeland a better place to live, work and play. This is not easy, this is heavy-lifting!

It is time for enlightenment, Caribbean style – too much is at stake!

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Yes, “Hope and Change” has come to the Caribbean; see the 2008 version of “Hope and Change” manifested in America, in the VIDEO below:

Video: 2008 Presidential Election Acceptance Speech –

The new President-Elected Obama declared that night on November 4, 2008: “A new dawn of American leadership is at hand”…

For the Caribbean, we say: Ditto!

Download the book Go Lean … Caribbean – now!


Appendix – Categories and Counts of all Go Lean Blogs (as of November 28, 2014); 1 Blog = Many Categories

Economics 76
Ethos 66
Government 63
Implementation 39
Industries 53
Locations 34
Planning 63
Social 58
Strategy 40
Tactical 29


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