If we continue to allow Corporate America to retain such a short-term investment focus and outlook, it can have drastic effects on America’s future economy. Economic growth comes from investment spending because it leads to innovation, which increases a nation’s production capabilities. As public spending on R&D as a percentage of overall GDP has continuously dropped for decades (a problem that also must be addressed) it is imperative for not only the American government to invest more in our economy’s future, but for our nation’s largest corporations to do so as well.
The Internet has wrapped us all in a cocoon of social media, drawing us closer to each other in ways unimaginable even a century ago. It allows us to marvel at the glory of ancient and faraway civilizations; reading their literature and gazing at their artwork provides a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But this globalization has not halted the irreversible destruction of our shared culture, as political movements like IS, the Taliban, and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq make poignantly clear. Will we cherish the monuments of humanity’s creativity, and stop their demolition, or will we continue to allow usurping ideologies to trample on the only relics we can truly take pride in as a collective species?
The fact is that of the 508 counterterrorism convictions after 9/11, 243 of the defendants, nearly 50 percent were targeted via an informant, a government-paid spy who infiltrates Muslim communities to snatch people that could get “radicalized.” Of those 243 defendants, 158 were caught via an FBI sting, an operation where the defendant is entrapped by a terrorist plot that the FBI designs, and of those 158, 49 were lured by the informant who also led the presumed plot. Meaning that a great number of the terrorist plots that the FBI gloriously stopped in the US were actually manufactured by the FBI itself.