The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Revolutionary Thinking for a New Age of Prosperity
  • The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Revolutionary Thinking for a New Age of Prosperity
  • The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Revolutionary Thinking for a New Age of Prosperity

The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Revolutionary Thinking for a New Age of Prosperity

by Matt Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805091505

ISBN-13: 9780805091502

Pub. Date: 01/19/2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

"Offers the most plausible way to renovate our political and policy thinking to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century."—Joe Klein, Time

America is at a crossroads. The global economic downturn that began in 2008 has laid bare the structural weakness of our economy, putting the country through its most severe test since the Great

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"Offers the most plausible way to renovate our political and policy thinking to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century."—Joe Klein, Time

America is at a crossroads. The global economic downturn that began in 2008 has laid bare the structural weakness of our economy, putting the country through its most severe test since the Great Depression. Yet our political and business leaders have failed to prepare us because they are in the grip of a set of "dead ideas" about how a modern economy should work. Even the proponents of "change" in the Obama administration remain tentative in pushing the boundaries of the conventional wisdom.

But as Matt Miller shows in this provocative and influential analysis, the American economy will turn the corner only if we move beyond these outdated ways of thinking and recognize the ascendance of a new set of "destined ideas" that will reinvigorate our economy, our politics, and our day-to-day lives. And in a new preface, Miller shows how today's financial crisis has finally stripped these dead ideas of their power, offering hope for a durable recovery.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805091502
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/19/2010
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,366,198
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition: Still Stuck xi

Introduction: Trapped 1

Part 1 Today's Dead Ideas

1 The Kids Will Earn More Than We Do 17

2 Free Trade Is "Good" (No Matter How Many People Get Hurt) 39

3 Your Company Should Take Care of You 62

4 Taxes Hurt the Economy (and They're Always Too High) 84

5 Schools Are a Local Matter 108

6 Money Follows Merit 131

7 The Tyranny of Dead Ideas 144

Part 2 Tomorrow's Destined Ideas

8 Only Government Can Save Business 157

9 Only Business Can Save Liberalism 169

10 Only Higher Taxes Can Save the Economy (and the Planet) 181

11 Only the (Lower) Upper Class Can Save Us from Inequality 190

12 Only Better Living Can Save Sagging Paychecks 198

13 Only a Dose of "Nationalization" Can Save Local Schools 207

14 Only Lessons from Abroad Can Save American Ideals 217

15 From Dead to Destined Ideas 224

Afterword: Burying Dead Ideas in Business and Beyond 231

Acknowledgments 243

Index 247

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