The Endangered American Dream: How to Stop the United States from Becoming a Third World Country and How to Win the Geo-Economic Struggle for Industrial Supremacy

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Is the United States losing a war it does not even know it is fighting? Edward N. Luttwak, the nation's most brilliant and controversial strategist writing today, asserts that we are - and that in the new struggle for economic supremacy, the United States could slide down into the status of a Third World country. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States seemed poised to head a "new world order" of peaceful cooperation. But in the central arena of world affairs - in which North Americans, ...
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Is the United States losing a war it does not even know it is fighting? Edward N. Luttwak, the nation's most brilliant and controversial strategist writing today, asserts that we are - and that in the new struggle for economic supremacy, the United States could slide down into the status of a Third World country. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States seemed poised to head a "new world order" of peaceful cooperation. But in the central arena of world affairs - in which North Americans, Europeans, and East Asians compete - old-fashioned geo-politics has merely been displaced by geo-economics. Guns and diplomats now count for much less than patient capital and highly skilled labor, while new weapons have emerged: aggressive "national technology programs," predatory finance, and ambush-like tariffs and technical standards. In this new geo-economic struggle, the United States will suffer defeat after defeat, unless its military strength (now useful only in less-developed regions) is matched by economic power. In the trenchant style that made his Pentagon and the Art of War a best-seller, Luttwak exposes how ill-prepared we are for the new struggle that will determine the future of America: schools that fail to teach either culture or skills; the disastrous lack of savings and investment; the widening gap between elite and mass incomes; the increasing paralysis of unrestrained legalism and litigation, induced by an exploding population of lawyers; and our own already established inner-city Third Worlds. But The Endangered American Dream is more than an analysis of decline. Offering forceful policy prescriptions, Luttwak shows how we can reverse decline to prosper in the global marketplace. At the same time, he demolishes the myth of free trade, arguing that "globalization" can and should be controlled, instead of allowing it to drive non-elite Americans into poverty. While The Endangered American Dream is bound to be controversial, it is a clarion
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Surveying the country's increasing numbers of working poor, the decline in our living standards, mounting federal and personal debt and a work force that is becoming lax and ill-equipped for employment, Luttwak predicts that the United States could become ``a Third World country'' by the year 2020. This powerful, tough-minded, alarming report combines a slashing analysis of the nation's economic and social ills with a decidedly mixed batch of prescribed remedies. Luttwak, a director of Georgetown University's Center for Strategic and International Studies, suggests abolishing corporate and Social Security taxes and replacing them with a value-added tax on goods and services. This, he claims, would encourage corporations to save and invest while alleviating ``the central problem of the U.S. economy: overconsumption.'' He also calls for the creation of a federal office for industrial policy; restrictions on immigration and on free trade; investment in plants, research and infrastructure; and allocation of federal money to those school districts that get proven results. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671869632
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 9/7/1993
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

1 The New Struggle for Industrial Supremacy 15
2 Our Japan Problem 45
3 Models and Myths: Prussia and Japan 97
4 When Will the United States Become a Third World Country? 117
5 Capitalism Without Capital 129
6 The Poor and the Super-Rich 153
7 Where Have All the High Wages Gone? 181
8 From Law to Legalism 213
9 The Savings Gap 239
10 What Is to Be Done? 269
11 The Geo-Economic Arms Race 307
Notes 327
Index 345
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