In another sign of the looming apocalypse, Via Meadia finds itself in strong agreement with Screamin’ Howard Dean, onetime presidential candidate and leader of a grassroots political committee. There is a lot Dr. Dean gets wrong, but he is right about innovation in the US. Here’s what he said recently in DC, from the Washington Post:
“I think there’s plenty of innovation still going on…The entrepreneurial spirit in America is very much alive especially among young people,” said Dean. “I know a ton of kids who got a couple of jobs, lost them in succession, then started their own Internet companies. And most of them failed. And they make a little money for a while, they learn a lot, and then they turn around and do something else. That’s a very important process. The failure of this country is in the political class, the financial class and the media,” said Dean, “but there’s still enormous dynamism in America, and I absolutely believe that dynamism is going to overcome everything else.”“We have a long road ahead of us, as a species, but the progress has also been accelerating,” Dean continued. “What excites me is a generation that’s even more fearless than we were. But willing to set aside the kinds of faults that we had.”
Exactly right. Not only is failure an important part of innovation but Dean is also right about our collective future. The pace of change is increasing, and increasing quickly and the dynamism of American society is the key to our future. That innovative, risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit is a great national asset to be conserved and encouraged. If this is the message Dr. Dean is taking around the country, more power to him.