Melting Pot, Wealth Generator

The Melting Pot Brings Wealth, Power and more.

globe_america_simpleAs so aptly described by many authors, those who leave their homes to search for new horizons  are survivors: they face and overcome great challenges and adversity to create a better future for themselves and their families.   And the melting pot of NYC has successfully given them the opportunity to pursue their life, liberty and happiness for many centuries.

Sanctuary cities, which have historically taken all immigrants from all countries has supported wealth creation, invention and human progress, have supported the 20th Century American model of the melting pot, a concept that is still relevant and applicable today as it applies to our current America immigration policies.

This is evident in multiple studies from 2017 and 2018 that suggest (some would say demonstrate) that ICE policies are destroying the USA’s sourcing for wealth, creativity and work ethic. Simply put, Sanctuary Cities and their suburbs and satellite communities not only pay more in taxes than the moneys they receive from the federal government, but they also have wealthier inhabitants than those in rural areas.

For example, New York City (NYC) is a sanctuary city made up of around 27.5% of workers born in foreign countries. These jobs include labor in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, aside from construction and other industries critical to our country’s well-being.  The studies show that New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston are all major immigrant destinations and economic powerhouses, yet their immigrant workers are constantly threatened and distracted by news about upcoming Immigration and Citizenship Enforcement actions.

As a child immigrant I observed other migrants, family and strangers who came to this country,  and read the history of NYC as a cultural and economic melting pot that accepted migrants from around the world even when the other colonies excluded them, I am convinced that the US’s supremacy was built on immigrant hard work, creativeness and dedication.  In fact, I observed that the original US immigration strategy allowed relatively free 2-was border crossings that allowed foreigners to cross into the USA, create wealth, and then go back home.  Cutting that 2-way access forced people to stay in the USA until they “retired” since they could be unable to come back if they left without proper papers.

I propose that the 20th Century “Melting Pot” concept of immigration focused on the benefits of immigrants, and the fact that only hard-working immigrants would want to stay in our capitalistic system.  Our 21st Century focus on “undocumented” migrants uses the same strategies of the failed war on drugs and the immigration failures of other countries that are still attempting to seal their borders.   As the millennial Chinese civilization demonstrated, building the Great Wall took millennia and did not keep out people who would stop at nothing to reach their chosen destiny.  It was and is far easier to simply absorb them into your customs and people.   The false solution of using violence to deter migration doesn’t work when a person is terrified of returning “home”.  Immigrants are survivors who face and overcome great challenges and adversity to leave a greater fear behind in order to create a better future for themselves and their families.

Instead, I also propose that the USA quickly focus on using the strengths of the survivors that come to our borders and not treat them as animals or inferior beings.  Our media and some leaders may see them as weak and uneducated, yet they know enough to decide that they will build a new future in a place that requires hard work and initiative if they are to survive.  And I will also point out that callous and cruel treatment of children and families undermines the US values and principles that we hold dear and takes away from our greatness and power.

The crucible of the Melting Pot offers the opportunity to purify and upgrade our precious human resources, present and future, and to generate ever greater wealth as long as we follow the rule of law and hold true to the values of the founders who understood that “we, the people of the United States” is every single one of us.

Sources (Worth Looking at):

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky

https://www.businessinsider.com/wealth-cities-maps-rural-us-2018-3

https://rockinst.org/issue-areas/fiscal-analysis/balance-of-payments-portal/

Manuel Perez, New York State Democratic Committee Member representing Jackson Heights, Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Corona, home to many migrant families.   Longtime Community and Democracy Activist in NYC and Venezuela. www.manuelny.com

 

 

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Does Representative Democracy represent you?

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We are One, so lets build Democracy by the People!

We are each a single individual, yet also identify ourselves as one with our families, communities, religions, countries, etc.  In addition, I propose we remember that we, as humanity are one in which the individual is necessary and interconnected.

“Take me to your Leader” is a widely understood and shared idea.  And it really sounds weird in 21st Century North America, where we often have more than one leader, depending on the situation.   Historically, humanity has seen “leaders” as people who make decisions that others follow.  And leaders are often compared to shepherds and parents, taking care of those that are with them.   Think about the people you see as leaders: are they making decisions, or enforcing rules?   Are they inspiring and setting goals?   Oh, and are your leaders usually right?   This train of thought could make you wonder if you are a follower, a member, or as a late US president put it, a “silent majority”.

Even our time-honored teen rebels and revolutionists have leaders they follow, with very few exceptions.  These rebels follow many learned rules and priorities that are largely shared with their communities and neighbors, and usually become leaders themselves thanks to their willingness to be different.  Of course, leadership is also a military trait, and people often assume that military leaders are also great leaders in other areas, but this would be the subject of another article.

So, what does leadership have to do with democracy?   Do we elect leaders, or do we elect persons to represent us in government?  Or Both?   Well, I know we often elect popular individuals, other times we elect strong leaders and even warlords, and lately I’ve also noticed dictators being elected as well as individuals who openly declare they do not believe in democracy and serving the people of their country.   This is truly a paradox if we assume everyone wants to practice “self governance” in their nation.   Yet we do it regularly, either following the rule of “the squeaky wheel gets the oil”, giving votes to the loudest complainer, or following the path of least resistance or least effort.  Of course, there is also the so-called protest votes where people think they are punishing their elected representatives by replacing them with someone they would never otherwise elect.

Government is certainly designed to be for the people, with elected representatives making decisions for their communities… but it is not yet of the people, and much less by the people, simply because after voting the citizen’s power cannot be enforced directly.   This is one of the reasons why most politicians are seen as untrustworthy: we often elect who we see as the most effective to solve a problem, and not the most effective to help us thrive as one: one community, one region, one humanity.

Historically, there was no choice and no other way to have government.  Even the development of bureaucratic organizations and the rule of law followed the pattern of leaders making decisions for their people, and elected representatives had many of the prerogatives of monarchs and nobles because that was the way you treated heads of government and other leaders.   Diplomats learned all the rules, the protocol of who decided what, and under what conditions, and many constitutions made it clear that the military served the elected government, called the civil authority.

Yet the 21st Century offers technology in which we as individuals are categorized and our choices and behavior predicted by algorithms (mathematical formulas) that are worth big money for Amazon, Facebook and Google, to name just a few of the marketing services that use “big data” to predict and manipulate what we do with our money.   Sadly, these same tools seem to have been used to influence our choices in elections, too, bringing political propaganda to new audiences.

But this technology could actually help us create the government by the people and of the people, since we could all instantly share our thoughts and preferences with our elected, not as a Facebook post, but with the precision the big three have in suggesting what we would like.

Thus, as individuals we could be unique, yet as a community we would clearly be one: working directly to assist our elected representative in the exercise of the authority and power we delegated to him or her.   And I am proposing to develop this new way of using technology in the coming months.  How?  Well, I’m planning to have you, the reader, become one of thosein the community whose incites   will be helping in the development and testing of this new form of leadership and government.   Will you join me?   I hope so.

 

Manny, Manuel Perez

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We Are One, Yet we Fear

creemcias_limitantesIf we are One, why do we fear?

One of the confusing elements of humanity is that we fear others.  As babies we are taught to fear our parent’s anger, strangers, and many other individuals and communities that seem separate from us.  Yet, we are one.

My inner rebellious child is part of me, just as much as my angry uncle is.  Our minds carry within our subconscious what we have learned from every individual we have somehow met, and we respond to those memories with our emotions.  And those emotions make us separate or move close to those around us.

Newspapers have promoted the idea that “Blood Sells”, that violence attracts attention from the public, and this reflects our biological survival instincts to identify dangers, so we may fight or run away.  Yet we start learning to fear as children, and few of us learn to overcome childhood fears when we become adults.  Teenagers, for example, often vent their frustrations and fear as anger against what they consider injustice.   The elderly, on the other hand, often fall into despair or plain old cussedness due to their body aches and pains, and the inability to do what they used to do in their youth.   Many individuals of every age simply focus on their pain and limitations, and don’t observe that life changes and every day brings new opportunities.

Every day is a new day and if you are going into battle, you had better not be preparing for yesterday’s battle: that is a good way to lose.  As individuals we must learn from the past and find opportunity in the new day by looking towards the future, towards our goals.

We are one, yet we separate ourselves with our fear, anger, and despair.

We are one, but our unity can only manifest when we declare that we want to be counted in and that we assume responsibility as individuals for what we achieve or fail to achieve as we learn to be what we truly are: one humanity made of individual lives that decide to come together for mutual benefit.

Democracy is like that:  a government for the people, of the people and by the people.  Yet most elected representatives just stay at the first phrase, full of vanity that they know what is best for the people!  No wonder the youth and the elderly are angry!   No wonder adults feel disenfranchised!   Our representatives are often like the nobility of the past, second class inhabitants of their nations while the ruling class decides in their name.   I affirm that this is a travesty of democracy, demonstrated by rigged elections that elect dictators and autocrats.

We are one, though, and we can mature into the government of the people and by the people if we decide to.  I invite you to join me finding the way to this goal that can work for all of us.

Thanks!…………..  Manuel (Manny) Perez

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We are Truly One

global-peopleHumanity is a truly complex organism, and it is now – in the 21st Century, that we are learning how to go beyond our individual organic bodies into the interconnected possibilities of a greater collective Self.  But it is a conceptual process that can be traced back to the ancient Greek ideal concerning which required them to be educated and self-disciplined to withstand the constant temptations of power, self- gratification and other inherent biological instincts.  Yet humanity has, in spite of the destructive nature of many leaders and malcontents, gradually advanced arising in new forms from the ashes of failed efforts to enslave the poor and uneducated.

Large metropolitan centers, as the ancient Greek city- states were, are crucibles for the coming together of diverse and disparate individuals and groups. Today these urban centers usually bring together large populations of different races, creeds, cultures and lifestyles.  In these modern mega-communities, individuals are able to live alone with little interference, yet they also depend intimately on services and conditions that can only be sustained by the collective effort and commitment to each other.  Thus, a metropolis becomes a protector of life, self-expression and opportunity that is impossible to achieve on farms and other less populated areas of human groupings where it is understood first-hand how close  loss and death are to the individual and to nature itself.

Humanity is one.  Yet you and I think that we are “one,” that when I take something from you “I win.” In truth, humanity loses when anyone makes another less, when anyone wins over another.  In fact we make jokes about this, where we describe how different parts of the body are the “boss,” and the only part of the body that no one thinks is important ends up controlling everyone else.  Similarly, too many of us let bullies and abusive people take charge and “defend us.” Yet change comes and we have evolved from warlords to chieftains to monarchies to democracies and we are now facing different ideals that are manifested in different types of elected governments and representation.

But can the dream of a humankind that works together overcome the individual desires and fears that make individuals want to benefit personally even if this means hurting or controlling others?  Can we as individuals actually learn to think of long- term goals and deferred gratification as being more important than the short- term benefits and immediate gratifications which can in the longer term destroy our communities and organizations?

My international experience with corporate, public, non- profit and volunteer groups has shown me that we can do marvelous things, but that temporary success usually breeds complacency and an unwillingness to continue working towards a better, stronger civilization. The long- lived Chinese civilization has cost many individuals their lives and self- determination as the price paid for its longevity, while Western civilization has gone through many iterations of revolutions and phoenix- like rebirths from the ashes of war.   The Islamic grandeur of the past was brought down by Western civilization and its warring factions, and consequently Western civilization developed an unconscious belief that wars and destruction are excellent ways to promote “growth and expansion.”   But is it?

Certainly, all living organisms are composed of cells that die and are replaced, but aggressive groups of cells that grow with no concern for the whole organism are actually destructive and are called cancers.   Could this be the what humanity is facing?  We are certainly actively destroying not only huge populations of species in our environment, but we also are interfering in natural processes that maintain conditions necessary for humanity’s survival.  Farmers think of their own needs and experiences,  nerds often seem to think only in terms of video game logic, and entrepreneurs often only focus on making money:- We are all necessary for human well- being and growth.  In fact, I propose that there is no “useless” activity for humans, since we are such adaptable beings and history demonstrates that a single lifetime is usually not long enough for substantial change to take place — it is usually a multi-generational effort that brings about the change of major growth and development.  Democracy, for example, was an ideal and dream for at least 200 years before it became a popular notion for people around the world.  Capitalism itself developed slowly as a product of the legal concepts born in ancient Venice and Europe and the Industrial Revolution.

Yes, I insist that we are one, that “no man is but an island” and that individuals and groups who focus only on their own opinions and self-benefit are actually limiting themselves when they propose win-lose solutions to issues they confront.  In fact, I invite you the reader to start questioning all statements, including mine, and ask whether you agree or disagree. I ask that you look beyond your immediate thoughts, responses and conclusions; think of what you want from life and how you can leverage your connections to others to achieve what you want. If you want to ensure a future with growth, don’t focus on what you don’t like, as you’ve done so many times before.

Let’s work together to achieve that future.

Obviously, you can count me in!

Manny Perez, MPA,,, http://www.facebook.com/FriendsManny

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It’s Up to Me, So “Count Me In”

adolescence-attractive-beautiful-573299(1)Its up to you (or me).                          

No one else.

Even if they call you crazy.
Even if they threaten you.
Even if you might be wrong, its up to you to create your future!

As the legendary “Think Different” Apple ad, said…

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Attributed to Rob Siltanen and Apple Computers, 1997

We have thought leaders would help us out of our problems for millenia.   But, have they?
We get excited following a leader who tells us to do one thing or another, but does it help?
We elect representatives to speak for us in public office, but do they serve us or themselves?
Civilization has certainly advanced, but are the “have-nots” living better?

We think we know the answers to problems, but are taught to keep our opinions and most of our actions to the privacy of our home, and to certain public spaces where we are among “trusted” friends and acquaintances.  But has this worked?  Has this helped humanity build a better future for all? Or for just a few?

Modern Management invented a tool for organizations that have to handle a lot of change, much as we do now: complexity leadership, in which each member of an organization can assume different leadership roles according to the needs for that moment.  In many ways this emans that each member of the organization is prepared to step in at any given moment and do what he or she does best, with total support from the organization (one interesting article on this development can be read at https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/leadershipfacpub/18/).

Not surprisingly to me,  this fits in perfectly with what Life Coaches and Ontological Coaches (of which I am one) have been teaching for the last few decades:  that you, specifically, create your future with your thoughts, words and  actions.  Or, to rephrase this, that I create my future through my thoughts, words and actions.   Many religions and “New Age” paths speak of this creative aspect of humans and in the Twentieth Century US many successful individuals, including Wallace Wattles, Napoleon Hill documented and publicized this new way of living, and later research done by neuroscientists and the “crazy people” who developed “unproven” tools such as NeuroLinguistic Programming, Cybernetics, “The Law of Attraction” (and more) keep on proving that somehow we can definitely create new futures.  And, since the 15th Century Renaissance different political and social movements proposed radical changes in traditional ways of working and governing the people, including the labor unions that wanted a fairer world for workers, the freedom fighters who advocated radical social changes, and that even introduced democracy and modern concepts of civil and human rights to the Earth.  Yet until now, very few human organizations have dared to move outside of the traditional hierarchical leadership model, preferring to simply take the place and prerrogatives of former rulers when change is successful. Yet this has meant that we still have a global situation where a few decide for everyone else, and whole sections of society are considered useless by the few who govern.  But the people are never useless: they might be unused and might simply have been taught to be incapable of running even their own lives, following the rules for children that are supposed to be “seen and not heard” and totally unproductive until that date when the law said we were “of age” and had to take charge of their responsibilities. Under that model usually only the rich and powerful ensured their children were trained to become rich and powerful themselves in adulthood, though this belief is slowly changing thanks to social media, the Internet, and global public education for all.

Yet, at your level and mine, changing this situation isn’t that difficult.   All you and I need to do is say “Count me in!” and start preparing and training for the leadership role we will assume as we create a better future for yourself and others.  How does this work?  Well, a leader simply helps others get to where they want to go.   Sadly, many people only want a “job” or “income” where someone else tells them what to do.  And we have leaders for that.  LOTS of leaders who will give the job-seeker a low paying job, or other similar so called opportunity to be unhappy just like millions of other individuals are looking for.

Are you keeping low and hiding from what you fear?   You are counting yourself OUT!
Are you a follower without assuming personal responsibility?  Then you are counting yourself UNDER.
Are you doing your best to control others and everything, to be the Boss? To judge what is right and wrong with respect to other people? Then you are counting yourself OVER.
Or, do you feel that you are happy following a leader you did not choose?  You could be counting yourself BEHIND.

My suggestion is that you assume responsibility for yourself, the ones you love, your future and your decisions, so you can count yourself IN.
Why?   Because it is your life, just as my life is mine.

Mind you, as an elected official in my community,  I am there to help others become leaders. And as a writer, scholar and coach, I help others create a better future.  But I can’t do everything:   I, and you, can only do what we can do, and we just have to do it to the best of our ability.

As for the question of where to count yourself in, its your decision.  If you like to be among saints, you just have to own up to your decisions and its consequences and sacrifices. If you like to be among criminals (and I sincerely hope not), you just have to own up to your decision and its consequences and results.    Just remember that whatever you decide is always going to be your responsibility anyway, so why not decide to create the future you want?   Is it crazy to think you can lead a better life?

Maybe its crazy, but I can tell you that being a slave of any type is simply insane, and as far as I can tell being happy, satisfied and successful is simply up to me.

Manny Perez, MPA, CAMS, Master Coach    www.coachhispano.org

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A Quien Agradeces por tu Exito?

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Tomado de mi Facebook Live, en www.facebook.com/coachhispano, estos son podcasts cortos que cubren distintos topicos de interes.

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Early Tremors of the Space Renaissance

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In attention to the multiple changes occurring in all areas of human endeavor, Space Renaissance USA, a group dedicated to promoting US leadership of civilian space development, wishes to point out that pressure is building within Earth’s planetary bounds and that restricting civilian space development could lead to greater consequences than those of the predicted Dutch Disease and gravity well isolation issues that we of Space Renaissance USA have previously presented.

Briefly, we will refer to Dr. Peter Diamandis’ (Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation) predictions and observations on the progressive lowering of costs of basic necessities that will lead to the demonetization of most human necessities.  You can see the video here:  https://youtu.be/3cXPWyP0BBs. He implies that within the next few decades it will be relatively more expensive to charge for some services than it is to provide them, and he waxes poetic on the opportunities for humanity to transform itself, to redesign itself without the concern of basic survival and the need to work for a living.  In fact, he suggests that creative work will be the most critical in the coming decades, as humanity develops more and new ways to interact with its environment.

 

Sadly, the leading world powers who wish to maintain dominance and centralized control as their path to greatness are falling behind. They are mighty in the military prowess field, but not in the renaissance or disruptive technologies that are transforming the world.  It is the disruptors of the global economy, the innovators that have migrated from places where they were not allowed to be creative, to develop their innovations, who are decentralizing human advancement and using the tools of participative governance and global markets to develop their ever-cheaper alternatives to traditional services and products.  Many countries are quietly supporting this “brain drain”, this movement of intelligent innovators from their place of birth to a place that will allow them broad success, as former world migration magnets lose their attractiveness for the geniuses among us.

 

So, what are some of Dr. Diamandis’ suggestions?

First of all, hydrocarbons and coal industries are in for major changes as clean solar power gradually replaces traditional energy systems.  We could imagine that the first place this will take place is in locations that have suffered major natural disasters that destroyed existing distribution networks, grids and systems.

Second of  all, robotics and AI will continue to replace certain traditional job markets, making union-busting moot, cruel and foolish since unions could be instrumental in transforming old tech workers into new tech employees.

Additive Manufacturing (including nanobot and 3D printing processes) can already create complete houses in a matter of hours, and at low cost, which will impact on the construction industry and construction materials markets, such as steel and concrete.  He made no mention of transition technologies where the old and new construction methodologies leverage each other to meet market needs and interests.

Space X initiatives are demonstrating that traditional limits to our technology are simply not absolute and disruptive innovators are already creating new opportunities for human endeavor.

Yet, as he points out, there are risks to individuals in this global and human process:  many individuals could find themselves worse off, much as buggy whip makers and their employees did after the advent of the Model T automobiles.

The Dutch Disease could arise in unprepared countries as a result of these new technologies, and protectionism is not the answer because the affected industries will be draining their nation’s wealth every day they refuse to adapt and work with the new realities.  Adam Smith was quite clear in considering that a Nation’s wealth is not measured just by monetary values, but that it requires looking at all the elements of life quality and resources the populace has at its call and beckon.  So our suggestion is simply that all organizations begin to think about change and how to navigate towards their desired goals working with change and not trying to block or escape from it.

The 21st Century is already characterized by national polarizations around truly difficult issues such as global migration, class and wealth divisions, diversity and inclusion, and the empowerment of previously excluded segments of society, to mention a few.  This is nothing compared to the threats of a demonetized society as described by Dr. Diamandis and envisioned if we simply project societal developments since the 15th Century Renaissance to today:  greater individual freedoms, intellectual advancement, industrial and economic capacity, and more show no signs of stopping, and feudal, authoritarian and centralized structures continue to lose ground to decentralization, participation and individual freedoms.  These and not “Dutch Disease” or other economic risks, are the true challenges to humanity because far too many individuals are enamored of the past and want to return to outhouses and oil lamps instead of embracing the benefits of the future.

Manny Perez, MPA,

President of Space Renaissance USA  and founder of Coach Hispano Inc.
Crypto and Digitized Currency Advisor at the new CRYPSA and Author of “CASH IN” and developer of the concept of monetary ecosystems.

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