A TLO Graphic
In America today, the thirteen issues identified just below are those that are so pervasive, convoluted, and intractable that, at this point in our history, they are beyond the capacity of this country’s leaders to understand, let alone resolve. Each of these issues is confoundingly complex, characterized by a variety causal dynamics so impenetrable that neither our leaders or we can reliably claim to fully understand what’s their cause and what’s their effect. Beyond this, the pieces and parts of these problems are constantly and rapidly evolving, presenting its both us and our leaders with bushelfuls of surprising consequences. In truth, there are no ‘simple’ solutions that can solve any one of these issues. Assuming a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a graphic portrayal of the impenetrable quagmires that you and I, as well as the president, senators, and congresspersons we’ve elected to lead us, are facing at this point in history.