Gallup surveys on confidence in institutions are endlessly interesting.
High-trust US institutions (above or near 50%): Military, small business, police, churches.
Low-trust US institutions: Medical system, Supreme Court, Presidency, public schools, banks.
Almost-no-trust US institutions (<25%): Justice system, newspapers, organized labor, big business, Internet news, TV news, Congress.
The conventional glass-half-empty argument is the terrible erosion of trust and competency in key institutions, decline, and fall of the United States. An alternate glass-half-full argument: Large centralized institutions *shouldn’t* be highly trusted: monopolies/oligopolies let people down. A lack of trust in institutions motivates construction of competitive alternatives better attuned to we the people. Large centralized institutions were 20th century; flexible, responsive, accountable organizations for 21st century.
I don’t think the answers are at all straightforward. But I think this debate is going to inform a lot of the next 30 years of politics. It will be interesting to see how many large centralized institutions can win those arguments starting with such low confidence levels.[tweet https://twitter.com/pmarca/status/483789403408441344 “align=center”] [tweet https://twitter.com/pmarca/status/483790083590352896 “align=center”] [tweet https://twitter.com/pmarca/status/483790189404246016 “align=center”]