By James Gustave Speth
In this 3rd quantity of his award-winning American main issue sequence, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and such a lot bold contribution but. He appears to be like unsparingly on the sea of problems during which the us now unearths itself, charts a path throughout the discouragement and depression normally felt this day, and envisions what he calls the US the potential, an enticing and believable destiny that we will be able to nonetheless realize.
The ebook identifies a dozen good points of the yankee political economy—the country's easy working system—where transformative swap is key. It spells out the categorical alterations which are had to flow towards a brand new political economy—one within which the real precedence is to maintain humans and planet. Supported via a compelling "theory of swap" that explains how process swap can come to the United States, the booklet additionally offers a imaginative and prescient of political, social, and monetary existence in a renewed the USA. Speth envisions a destiny that would be worth struggling with for. in brief, it is a e-book concerning the American destiny and the robust danger that we but have it in ourselves to take advantage of our freedom and our democracy in strong how one can create whatever high quality, a reborn the US, for our youngsters and grandchildren.
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Progressivism (United States politics). I. Title. 84. 973—dc23 2012012170 A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. This book was printed with low VOC, vegetable-based inks on FSC-certified acid-, lignin-, and carbon-free recycled paper that contains 30% postconsumer waste. The case materials are FSC-certified: binders boards of 100% postconsumer waste and cover paper that contains postconsumer pulp and is acid-, lignin-, and carbon-free. 48-1992 (Permanence of Paper).
At the deepest level we must build the moral force that can encourage and sustain the human energy for change. This mobilization of the spirit begins in our hopes and dreams and is nurtured by our religions, the arts, music, and the poetry we can find in books and in everyday life. We can realize a new American Dream, America the Possible, if enough of us join together in the fight for it. This new dream envisions an America where the pursuit of happiness is sought not in more getting and spending but in the growth of human solidarity, real democracy, and devotion to the public good; where the average American is empowered to achieve his or her human potential; where the benefits of economic activity are widely and equitably shared; where the environment is sustained for current and future generations; and where the virtues of simple living, community self-reliance, good fellowship, and respect for nature predominate.
International comparisons are only one way to examine what’s gone wrong. As I will discuss in Part I, these comparisons miss many of our most worrying challenges. It is not for lack of knowledge, technology, or thoughtful policy proposals that we face this overwhelming, colliding collection of problems. One can easily identify a set of intelligent policy responses to almost all of these challenges. Groups advocating them pound constantly on Washington’s doors. Extraordinary technological opportunities remain untapped.