I found the infographic above in a video called “How the World REALLY WORKS: in 6mins,” and thought it worth sharing.
I like the graphic because it helps to make sense of the experience of living in the world today. Of the five levels of civic life the graphic illustrates, the top two depict the reality that ideas rule the world.
That governments merely enforce policies (ideas) that others develop strikes me as a significant insight. The history of America’s founding describes the paradigm: First, we had the Declaration of Independence, which established the principles (or policy) of our political establishment. Then we had the Constitution, which defined the enforcement of our political design as a nation.
As members of the public, we are all acutely aware of the Policy Propagandists. The puzzle for us, however, is to overcome the manipulations to which we are exposed in order to confront the ideas the Policy Makers use to rule the world.