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Miller, Matthew, 1961-
The tyranny of dead ideas : letting go of the old ways of thinking to unleash a new prosperity / Matt Miller
Alternate Title Letting go of the old ways of thinking to unleash a new prosperity
1st ed
New York : Times Books, c2009
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HC106.83 .M55 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Economic conditions -- 2001-2009
Subject(s) Economics -- Psychological aspects
Attitude change
Organizational change
Physical Description 258 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents pt. 1. Today's dead ideas -- The kids will earn more than we do -- Free trade is "good" (no matter how many people get hurt) -- Your company should take care of you -- Taxes hurt the economy (and they're always too high) -- Schools are a local matter -- Money follows merit -- The tyranny of dead ideas -- pt. 2. Tomorrow's destined ideas -- Only government can save business -- Only business can save liberalism -- Only higher taxes can save the economy (and the planet) -- Only the (lower) upper class can save us from inequality -- Only better living can save sagging paychecks -- Only a dose of "nationalization" can save local schools -- Only lessons from abroad can save American ideals -- From dead to destined ideas -- Afterword: Burying dead ideas in business and beyond
Summary A leading political and business thinker identifies the greatest threat to our economic future: the things we think we know--but don't. In the face of global competition and rapid technological change, our economy is facing its most severe test in nearly a century. Yet our leaders have failed to prepare us for what lies ahead because they are in the grip of a set of "dead ideas" about how a modern economy should work. These ways of thinking--dubious at best and often dead wrong--are on a collision course with irreversible economic developments. Here, Matt Miller offers a blend of business-world acumen and public-policy vision to lay bare how this conventional wisdom holds our country back, and he introduces us to a new way of thinking--what he calls "tomorrow's destined ideas"--That can reinvigorate our economy, our politics, and our day-to-day lives. --From publisher description
NOTE Gift from an anonymous donor, 2010

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