Cyreenik Says

April 2019 issues

Instinctive thinking hard at work: Boeing and the 737 MAX are still high profile

It has been a month now since the second 737 MAX airplane crash in Ethiopia, and Boeing and the 737 MAX remain high profile and are in the news daily. Compare this coverage to that of a typical truck or bus accident. This extra interest shows how much flying invokes instinctive thinking in many passengers. Many passengers deeply fear flying which means they must be brave every time they board a plane. This also means that when there is trouble it easily becomes a highly public and high profile event. How much an activity mixes with instinctive thinking is something that makes a big difference in how businesses and governments must deal with the activity.

This 16 Apr 19 WSJ article, Boeing Looks to Fix Its Reputation, Along With the MAX ‘We’ll do everything possible to earn and re-earn that trust and confidence from our airline customers,’ CEO says by Daniel Michaels and Robert Wall, talks about Boeing's current reputational state and its efforts to improve it.

From the article, "Fixing the grounded 737 MAX plane is only one of Boeing Co.’s daunting tasks in recovering from two fatal crashes of the jet. Another is trying to repair its reputation with airlines, pilots and passengers world-wide."

Working towards a "China Transformation" in Iran

Red China during its twenty years under Chairman Mao Zedong was a spooky place in the eyes of the American people. The good news is that after he died China transformed away from the Cultural Revolution into something much more business and prosperity-oriented. This transformation going on since the 1980's has resulted in it becoming a big blessing to world prosperity in the 2010's and America has benefited as much as the rest of the world.

The lesson here is that nations that undergo extreme social revolutions can change and become much more moderate and prosperity-oriented. America should now be working to help Iran undergo a similar transformation. Obama had the right idea in working to help Iran fit in to the world globalized trading system.

Now we are seeing Trump pushing wrong ideas by enacting measures to keep it outside the system. Instead of throwing sticks at the Iranian government Trump should be patient, like Obama was, and throw carrots as the Iranians decide, like China did, that becoming part of the system will provide much bigger benefits than staying a revolutionary zealot outsider.

Doing this right is important because the zealot outsider choice is also possible and stable -- Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran, have demonstrated that.

This 5 Apr 19 WSJ article, U.S. to Designate Iranian Guard Corps a Foreign Terror Group by Michael R. Gordon, Warren P. Strobel and Nancy A. Youssef, talks about the Trump administration getting ready to declare part of Iran's government a terrorist group. This isn't helping Iran become part of the global prosperity system.

And this 7 Apr 19 WSJ article, Iran Warns U.S. Over Plan to Brand Guards as a Terrorist Group by Aresu Eqbali in Tehran and Sune Engel Rasmussen in Copenhagen, talks about Iran threatening retaliation. Retaliation is not another step in becoming part of the system, either.



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