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02/14/2017

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Harsha Maragh

I agree with your point about this presidential election being a leverage point in politics. Our country has been on the cusp of major changes in many different policy areas such as immigration, environmental and foreign in recent years. Although it currently seems as if Trump’s election is tipping the system too far in the wrong direction (something that Meadows says can often happen in systems), I am hoping that feedback loops (in the form of public protests, petitions, etc.) will put the system back on track.

To address your second question, I think that paradigm shifts do happen slowly over time. I think that it occurs when the opinion, feelings, thoughts and actions of a group of people change over time due to outside circumstances. These circumstances cause that group to change their behavior in order to better align with their beliefs. In order for a paradigm shift to “start” there must be a significant catalyst that calls for a sudden shift in thought and change occurs slowly thereafter.

Cody Janousek

The 2016 Presidential Election was without a doubt a leverage point in the political system. Eventually, the nightmare will be over and discussed in history textbooks; however, the concept of information flows will tell a lot about why Trump ultimately got elected. In looking at the actions of the DNC when the initial primaries, they blatantly ignored the demands of people supporting Bernie Sanders for the party to move in a more progressive direction. Their lack of desire or ability to capture the information being delivered to them by the people normally voting for members of their party led to the eventual election of Donald Trump.

Another aspect of the reading you touched on was the idea of a paradigm shift. Immediately, the agricultural revolution came to mind for me. The leap of hunting and gathering to tending crops was an instance of extreme and dynamic change, however, there were many incremental steps towards humans coming up with the idea of growing their own food. Our policy class gets into the idea of incrementalism vs. dynamism, and at the heart of believing that our political system is able to go through a paradigm shift necessitates that it be capable of dynamic changes.

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