Time to Start Thinking

Time to Start Thinking

America in the Age of Descent

Book - 2012
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"Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It is time to start thinking."-Sir Ernest Rutherford, winner of the Nobel Prize in Nuclear Physics

Time to Start Thinking is a book destined to spark debate among liberals and conservatives alike. Drawing on his decades of exceptional journalism and his connections within Washington and around the world, Luce advances a carefully constructed and controversial argument, backed up by interviews with many of the key players in politics and business, that America is losing its pragmatism - and that the consequences of this may soon leave the country high and dry.

Luce turns his attention to a number of different key issues that are set to affect America's position in the world order: the changing structure of the US economy, the continued polarization of American politics; the debilitating effect of the "permanent election campaign"; the challenges involved in the overhaul of the country's public education system; and the health-or sickliness-of American innovation in technology and business. His conclusion, "An Exceptional Challenge" looks at America's dwindling options in a world where the pace is increasingly being set elsewhere. While many Americans believe that their country can and should retain its status as a global superpower, Luce sees this as an increasingly unlikely scenario, unless Americans themselves can stand up against the country's increasingly plutocratic character. America has bounced back successfully from the shocks of The Great Depression and the Soviet launch of Sputnik, but Luce wonders if the next crisis in American confidence may knock it off the top-dog position for good.

As distressing as it is important, Time to Start Thinking presents an America in economic, social, and political crisis, in danger of losing its most defining and vital characteristic: its pragmatism.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802120212
Branch Call Number: 973. 93 LUC
Characteristics: vi, 291 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 13, 2012

Another commentary from one of the Washington's beltway elites, but, in this case quite enlightening. We learn the Military (far from being warmongers) are in fact populated with highly insghtful types who view America's power not from a military standpoint; but, from an economic one. Further suggesting a 20% cut to military speinding and a focus on infrasctructure, education, R&D etc to get America back in charge economically. Also, a highly connected intellectual, businesss leader asserts: ".... I feel genuinely embarassed at how arrogant we were". as he relates the past 40-50 years America fostered:
-the economic restreat of the state worldwide.
-free trade
-degregulation (including capital markets)
-strict fiscal balancing and accomodative monetary policy
all without consideration of the local history and character of the coutries they were
forcing to do their bidding.

Business leaders are not solvers of social problems, they meet targets is all.

The teapartyers really do hate those who read, seek knowledge and try to understand. Equating all to those people runnning wall street; which is a wrong headed assessment if ever there was one.


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