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Luce, Edward, 1968-
Time to start thinking : America in the age of descent / Edward Luce
Alternate Title America in the age of descent
1st ed
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E169.12 .L77 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Civilization -- 21st century
United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Subject(s) Political culture -- United States -- 21st century
Education -- United States -- 21st century
Physical Description vi, 291 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-[292])
Contents The graduations -- The lonely middle : why America's middle class continues to hollow out -- Leave no robot behind : why America's education system is still falling behind -- The Golden Goose : why America's lead in innovation can no longer be taken for granted -- Gulliver's travails : why bureaucracy is harming America's competitiveness -- Against itself : why America is becoming less governable -- Maybe we can't : why money continues to rule Washington -- An exceptional challenge : why the coming struggle to halt America's decline faces long odds
Review Luce diagnoses factors behind the country's waning global leadership such as the shrinking middle class; an ineffective and flawed educational system; the stagnation of innovation in business and technology; a bloated and inefficient bureaucracy; the virulent polarization of national politics; and the damage caused by the influence of money in politics, along with endless campaigning. In the end, he assesses the prospects for change and offers a bleak outlook

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