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Another Option to Beating Poverty

How FS-Green and Faux-Green are a bad fit for most…

CAIRO — Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former army officer soon to
be Egypt’s president, promises to remedy Egypt’s crippling
fuel shortage by installing energy-efficient bulbs in every
home socket, even if he has to send a government employee to
screw in each one.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

“I’m not leaving a chance for people
to act on their own,” Mr. Sisi said in his first and most
extensive television interview. “My program will be

The tone of the times…

If that type of autocracy
and paternalism is "wrong" then perhaps a course in spiral
dynamics might be in order.

If the conditions dictate
that paternalism will help people, you don’t sneer at

I’ve been to Egypt and the reason that
Egypt prospered for a time was its natural resources… as
those waned, the system in place failed to realize the toll on
"everyday" people.

Like here in the Philippines, since
typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) rice prices have risen by 10-33%
depending on where you are. The largest cost for any family
here, as in Egypt, is food. Increase the costs by 10-33%
without concurrent increases in income and people don’t eat.
People not eating is a not a good thing. There are hundreds of
associated issues with not eating regularly, all disguised by

I don’t know whether el-Sisi can solve the
Egyptian challenge, but it sure makes more sense to me than
dropping FS-Green solutions into there.

For the most
part, people left to their own design, without cultural
scaffolding, are not always going to do well — some do, but
most don’t.

People often need to be TOLD what to do,
especially when they are regressed culturally.

convinced that cultural regression creates individual
regression because energy and information for developing
density and frequency in one area, is given up for searching
for food and shelter, and education, etc. I see that everyday
here. Naturally productive people with a lack of cultural
scaffolding may be reduced to lower levels of capability.

We see this in studies of people who migrate from Mexico.
Why (ceretus paribis) do they do better in America? (Average
Hispanic household income was reported as $55k some years back
in the USA, but in Mexico, 1/10th that income.)

So, to
see the tone of the times…

I think its time for
really assessing the conditions.

Conditions in Egypt
have regressed (significantly) since I visited a few years ago
and it wasn’t great then! (If you have been to the Middle
East, you know why Islam forces people to wash their feet
before entering mosque! and it’s not a spiritual reason!)

If you assess where the conditions are, you realize that
paternalism (red/blue, the benevolent father) is more than
likely going to be successful, UNTIL (at least) conditions
change, calling for a different kind of leadership.

ONE thing that Spiral Dynamics does well is help us understand
the best match of leadership for the conditions. While
FS-GREEN has increasing influence as it brightens around the
globe (largely in a orange vehicle, I might add), we will see
mismatches where a LOT of people are going to die, much more
than are saved because of the failure to understand the match
between leadership and conditions.

The key element that
has been made real in my own struggle and education around
generational poverty is that mismatched leadership and
conditions accelerate poverty, and many other conditions,
which we are trying to alleviate. I admit, poverty — broadly
— is a very complex set of conditions, but often require a
"reconstruction" of leadership that has been lost in the

One thing I haven’t seen much formalization
around is the idea of paternalism in the poverty equation.

I believe that when you allow those who have built-in
paternalism through a variety of reasons to then limit the
development of paternalism, you create many conditions, which
are bigger than the leadership.

There is ONE thing that
the Philippine leadership could do in one fell swoop to stop
poverty DEAD in its tracks, and that is to enforce paternalism
— the mandatory support of children created through casual
sex. Here, the boys and men disappear as soon as the girl gets
pregnant, and immediately you have created multi-generational
poverty conditions.

JUST ONE CHANGE — paternalism —
mandated. Instead, we are spending large amounts of resources
on the outcomes, not the cause. It’s the same in Egypt, in my
opinion, related to telling people what they must do to
re-orient themselves to the new conditions — the exhaustion
of natural resources.

Egypt is a canary for Limit’s to
Growth, and what happens when the carrying capacity is
exceeded without regard to what it does to "conditions." It’s

Yet, we are spending billions
on the wrong things, the effects, rather than the causes in
both aforementioned cases.

I’m going to discuss my
assumptions around Spiral Dynamics and the use and development
of it, according to Mike, on Thursday. If you can’t join me
live, register below to receive the recording. It’s going to be
worth a listen, as I walk through a lot of questions posed by
one of our inner circle members, who hit the nail on the head
regarding where we are now with an understanding of the use of
Spiral Dynamics, what it can do and what it can’t and what it
doesn’t do and does provide for our understanding of how the
world works.

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