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By James Gustave Speth

In this 3rd quantity of his award-winning American hindrance sequence, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and such a lot bold contribution but. He appears to be like unsparingly on the sea of issues within which the us now unearths itself, charts a direction throughout the discouragement and depression often felt this present day, and envisions what he calls the USA the potential, an enticing and believable destiny that we will be able to nonetheless realize.

The e-book identifies a dozen beneficial properties of the yankee political economy—the country's uncomplicated working system—where transformative switch is vital. It spells out the categorical adjustments which are had to flow towards a brand new political economy—one during which the genuine precedence is to maintain humans and planet. Supported through a compelling "theory of switch" that explains how method switch can come to the USA, the publication additionally provides a imaginative and prescient of political, social, and monetary existence in a renewed the US. Speth envisions a destiny that would be worth combating for. in brief, this can be a booklet concerning the American destiny and the robust threat that we but have it in ourselves to exploit our freedom and our democracy in strong how one can create anything fantastic, a reborn the United States, for our kids and grandchildren.

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First, in recent decades we failed to build consistently on the foundations laid by the New Deal, by Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and his Second Bill of Rights, and by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Eleanor Roosevelt contributed so much. 2 Here, I am referring not to an idealized capitalism but to the one we actually have. This system of political economy—the basic operating system of our society—rewards the pursuit of profit, growth, and power and does little to encourage a concern for people, place, and planet.

Companies. American business wields great political and economic power and has routinely used that power to restrain ameliorative governmental action. S. 10 Then, there is what our society has become. Dominant American values today are strongly materialistic, anthropocentric, and contempocentric. Consumerism and materialism place high priority on meeting human needs through ever-increasing purchase of goods and services. We say “the best things in life are free,” but not many of us act that way.

And we will have seen a deep transformation in our country’s dominant values and culture. Now that is all very nice, you might be thinking, but how do we get there? I will endeavor in this book to chart a course to an America the Possible—a course from today’s decline to tomorrow’s rebirth. The journey to America the Possible begins when enough Americans have come to some important conclusions. The first is that something is profoundly wrong with our overall political economy—the operating system on which our country now runs.

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