'Disruption' Comes to U.S. Politics – Huffington Post
Credit: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Kanye West said Sunday that he is running for president, but not this time around.
WASHINGTON — Of course Kanye West declared that he is running for president. And of course he did it in an unconventional way: during MTV’s Video Music Awards. And of course some people are taking him seriously, or at least not laughing.
West’s only mistake is that he isn’t running until 2020. The often controversial but never dull artist should jump in now. The anti-politician thing is red, red hot.
Disruption is the way to go.
One poll this week from Iowa, where the primary season will kick off in February, found that three Republican candidates who have never held elected office — real estate mogul/reality TV star Donald Trump, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina — register a combined 46 percent. Another new poll shows Trump and Carson tied for the top spot in Iowa, at 23 percent each. With Fiorina third at 10 percent, the three get a combined 56 percent.
All of the current and former elected officials running for the GOP nomination, meanwhile, are stuck in the single digits in both surveys. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, is at an abysmal 5 or 6 percent.
On the Democratic side in Iowa, the details differ but the anti-insider theme is the same. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dropped from 57 percent in May to 37 percent now. Her main challenger, lone-wolf Senate socialist Bernie Sanders, has risen from 15 to 30 percent.
Clearly, this is a treacherous year in which to be part of the old order.
Twenty years ago, a professor at Harvard Business School named Clayton Christensen first applied the term “disruption” to the world of innovation. He was thinking of economics and business: how cell phones would replace land lines and personal computers; how LEDs would push aside light bulbs.
But the same word — and the same process — applies to whole societies and governments. In recent decades, most have been massively disrupted.
The Soviet Union was undermined by individualism, free markets and its own inefficiency. European nations that had been at war for a thousand years decided to try a new form of unity. The People’s Republic of China launched its vast experiment in controlled capitalism. The Arab Spring tried, with some success, to sweep across …Read More