The American Dream: Can It Survive the 21st Century?

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Can each of us achieve our own "American dream" while recognizing needs of other individuals, society, and future generations? Not if our present national policies continue, warns long term planning expert Joseph L. Daleiden. He persuasively argues that if present socioeconomic trends remain, our nation faces social disaster before the middle of the 21st century.

These trends can be reversed, he insists, but only if we are willing to (1) reject failed policies both liberal and ...

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Overview

Can each of us achieve our own "American dream" while recognizing needs of other individuals, society, and future generations? Not if our present national policies continue, warns long term planning expert Joseph L. Daleiden. He persuasively argues that if present socioeconomic trends remain, our nation faces social disaster before the middle of the 21st century.

These trends can be reversed, he insists, but only if we are willing to (1) reject failed policies both liberal and conservative directed at population growth, the environment, the national debt, trade, poverty, crime, race relations, education, healthcare, social security, and tax reform; (2) accept that all of these areas of concern are intertwined; and (3) take responsibility for our decisions.

Avoiding ideology and platitudes, Daleiden's pragmatic approach relies on actual evidence of how prospective policies will influence human behavior and whether their outcomes will increase or decrease human happiness in the long run.

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Daleiden, a former economic consultant to the Office of Management and the Budget during the Carter administration and Director of Corporate Planning for Ameritech, analyzes a veritable raft of unresolved problems the US faces from the economy to the environment. Arguing that the US faces a mid-century meltdown if current trends continue, he argues for specific policy changes that could redirect the course of the nation towards long-term benefit. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573922654
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph L. Daleiden (Evanston, IL) is also the author of The Final Superstition: A Critical Evaluation of the Judeo-Christian Legacy, and The Science of Morality: The Individual, Community, and Future Generations.
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Table of Contents

Dedication 5
Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 11
1 Two Scenarios for the Year 2050 25
2 Measuring the Welfare of Society and the Economic Fallacy 42
3 Population Issues and Policies 63
4 U.S. Population Growth and Mass Immigration 98
5 Maintaining Sustainable Growth 181
6 The Many Faceted Deficit 255
7 Rethinking Trade Policies 314
8 Poverty and Welfare: Causes 364
9 Poverty and Welfare: Solutions 422
10 Meaningful Education Reform 467
11 Reducing Crime 524
12 Health Care and Social Security 591
13 Equitable Tax Reform 638
14 Putting it All Together 672
App. A Summaries of The Final Superstition and The Science of Morality 686
App. B A Brief History of Post World War II U.S. Defense Spending 694
App. C A Critique of The Neo-Marxist Theory of Defense Spending 704
App. D The Mythical Philips Curve 707
App. E Reversing the Plight of the LDCs 713
Selected Bibliography 719
Index 729
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