Institute for the Study of Succession and Continuity

FAQs of S&C


Frequently Asked Questions
This section gives a crash course on
Succession and Continuity Studies.
All your basic questions are answered here.
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What is Succession?

Succession, from the Latin successio or succedere, is the hand-over process from one generation to another. The responsibility of handing-over civilization‘s accomplishments – morals, values, norms, wealth, assets, power, knowledge, wisdom, science, technology etc. – to succeeding generations belongs to a leader. more

What is Continuity?
Continuity is the process of ensuring that the accumulated accomplishments of previous and present generations will endure, handed over to succeeding generations, and consequently taken to a higher level. more
Why is S&C America's greatest challenge?
Americans have faced great challenges in history, e.g. the War for Independence, the Civil War and the First World War, to name a few.
After the Second World War we believe we have, as a nation, passed the phase from survival to succession.
That’s why America helped set-up, among others, the United Nations, the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT, precursor of the World Trade Organization), and the North American Treaty Organization (NATO).
Human history has shown that the downfall of great, ancient civilizations began from within and not entirely from external factors.
That’s why the greatest challenge for every American is to ensure that the USA will still be here for our children’s children, and their children’s children. 
We get involved with programs and policies that promote the longevity of the USA.
For Americans, it is the study of the continuous viability of an American-led civilization.
On a global perspective, it is the study of the continuous viability of democracy, free-market capitalism, and American ideals, values, traditions, and institutions.
How young is the USA?
The United States of America celebrated two-hundred thirty-five years of independence last July 4, 2011.
It’s hard to believe that the United States of America – the land of the free, home of the brave, the world’s last remaining super power, and history’s biggest economy – is a two-hundred thirty-two year old experiment in democracy and capitalism.
The founding fathers had no definite assurance that their legacies would continue to exist after their deaths. Unlike other forms of governments, they did not expect pre-ordained and pre-selected descendants will continue the family legacy into the 21st Century.
So they wrote all their aspirations in a document called the Constitution, and started it with a promise to “…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” To cut a long story short, they also set up institutions that they hoped would continue with all their accomplishments.
For the past two centuries great American men and women made sure these accomplishments endured. The founding fathers, and those who believed in the great American cause, didn’t have the resources we have today to create a great and mighty nation yet they succeeded.
It is up to us to continue building on these accomplishments for ourselves and all generation’s posterity.
Within the next few years America will see the retirement of 78 million baby boomers.
This generation created, and still continues to create, the largest amount of wealth human history has ever seen.
They also took part, and continue to take part, in the greatest accumulation of knowledge in modern times.
They utilized the accomplishments of the founding fathers, the great American (not to mention other nation’s best) men and women of the 19th and early 20th centuries so that we could enjoy the lives we live today.
America and the nations of the world now have a significant vantage point in human history. 
We believe that we should utilize all these accomplishments to make life better for future generations. We also believe that the best, but definitely not the only, vantage point to pursue this cause is with the USA.
In terms of longevity, how does the USA compare with other civilizations?
What is the significance of S&C to global affairs?
Of course, the dates we provided above are open to contention and academic debate. We invite historians and scholars to join in the fray (it helps expand knowledge and the economy).
The point is, setting aside modesty, we cannot imagine a world without the United States of America.
During the 20th century we have seen the expansion of our role and involvement in global affairs. Great as our nation and civilization may be it is still a very young one compared to other civilizations.
Though we have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time, success is not success without succession.
For example, some historians think the USA can be compared to the Roman Empire that lasted five centuries. We believe we should learn from the lessons of the Roman Empire, as well as other civilizations, because it’s not just to our advantage but also for the benefit of the nations of the world.
In other words, as hasty generalizations come, since there is no simpler way to put it – the collapse of the United States of America would lead to the downfall of civilization as we know it.
We’re still trying to figure this out.
Maybe there are non-profit organizations or academic institutions that focus on succession and continuity, and they just haven’t published their findings yet.
Maybe some of these organizations think long-term views are for a select group pf people and limited number of decision-makers.
Maybe S&C was tackled by earlier civilizations like Babylon, ancient Egypt, ancient China, and Ancient India.
Maybe there was literature on S&C available from the great Libraries of Alexandria, and the great libraries available to the modern world today, and we just have to do more research to find them.
The bottom line is, S&C Studies brings new knowledge and a unique interpretation to learning.
What is the goal and purpose of the greatestchallenge organization?
Our immediate goal as non-profit organization is to do research, study, and disseminate information on the continuous viability of the United States of America. As mentioned above, we refer to this branch of academic inquiry as Succession and Continuity Studies.
In service to the general public, we are a broad-based think tank that promotes the discussion and awareness of Succession and Continuity Studies. In this regard, we strongly advocate the role of the United States of America in the continuous formation of a stable, peaceful, and progressive civilization for mankind.
Please continue to regularly visit our website for announcements and other future activities.
ARC (Academic Research on Continuity) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that is coming out very soon. We are inviting contributors to write articles for this publication.
The book entitled America’s Greatest Challenge: Succession and Continuity is available online. Buy here.
Please continue to regularly visit our website for announcements and information on these websites.
Without a doubt, the problems that the USA faces today are staggering and overwhelming; global warming, terrorism, the looming Social Security and healthcare dilemma, the faltering economy, the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, to name a few.
But most people seem to look at these as something that we need to face only in our lifetimes, or only as far as the next generation. The biggest threats to our existence as a nation are not from external factors but from us. If we make the wrong decisions future generations suffer. For example, a century ago only a few people thought about pollution, the threat of nuclear war, or the clause “separate but equal.”
Now, it makes a great difference to look at global warming, terrorism, the looming Social Security and healthcare dilemma, the faltering economy, the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other forthcoming issues in terms of American generations, and S&C studies. We hope to bring greater perspectives on all these issues.
S&C Studies is not a book that can be obtained from a library, or studied through a four-year course, or acted and decided upon by a committee.
S&C is a constant, ceaseless, dynamic, innovative, and imaginative process of accumulating and promoting information for a better American future.
Place yourself in the situation where you’ve been told that the United States of America has seized to exist as a viable, independent economic and political entity. Unimaginable, but inevitable. We play an active, rather than passive, part in ensuring that future Americans are prepared for this eventuality.
We won’t get defensive on this one and we’ll cut straight to the point.
Think of a world without the United States of America. Mankind’s accumulated knowledge and wisdom has, so far, not found a better alternative to the civilization that this nation has created.
For the first time in human history we are given the collective opportunity to make this world a better place.
Remember the lessons of history? America didn’t get involved in world affairs after the First World War, and in less than one generation civilization almost tore itself apart.
We learned from that mistake.
After the Second World War American policies in the United Nations General Assembly, the Security Council, NATO, and the World Economic Forum, showed the world America is not about domination.
In the same spirit, S&C studies is not about domination, colonialism or imperialism. It’s about being in a unique position in human history, and the American responsibility to face humanity’s challenges in a progressive way.
S&C is not about competition. We're about education.
You know what the ultimate conspiracy theory is?
THE conspiracy theory to end ALL conspiracy theories?
A conspiracy theory that plots to end the viability of the United States of America.
In other words, a bunch of people planning to destroy the economic, political, social, and cultural institutions that we all hold so dear.
We have a great deal of imagination, but it is somewhat limited by the fact that the USA might be the subject, rather than a part, of conspiracy theories.
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