America’s greatest days are yet to come.
We are in a painful transition period. Our government is crushingly expensive, failing at its basic functions, and unable to keep its promises. It does not work and it cannot continue as it is. But the inevitable end of big government does not mean the end of America. It only means the end of one phase of American life.
America is poised to enter a new era of freedom and prosperity. The cultural roots of the American people go back at least fifteen centuries, and make us individualistic, enterprising, and liberty-loving. The Founding generation of the United States lived in a world of family farms and small businesses, America 1.0. This world faded away and was replaced by an industrialized world of big cities, big business, big labor unions and big government, America 2.0. Now America 2.0 is outdated and crumbling, while America 3.0 is struggling to be born. This new world will bring immense productivity, rapid technological progress, greater scope for individual and family-scale autonomy, and a leaner and strictly limited government.
America has made one major transition already, and industrial America became an economic colossus. We are now making a new transition, which will surprise many Americans, and astonish the world.
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About the Author
James C. Bennett is a writer and entrepreneur. He was co-founder of two private space transportation companies and other technology ventures. He has written extensively on technology, culture, and society. He is best known for his writing on the concept of the Anglosphere, the emerging global community of English-speaking peoples. He is the author of The Anglosphere Challenge (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), The Third Anglosphere Century (Heritage Foundation, 2007), a former columnist for United Press International, and has contributed to The New Criterion, National Review, The National Interest, The New Atlantis, National Post (Canada), and The Daily Telegraph (London).
Michael J. Lotus writes as “Lexington Green” for the Chicago Boyz blog, on history, politics and books. He is the editor and lead contributor to The Clausewitz Roundtable (Ever Victorious Press, 2013). He is the 2012 winner of the Explorer’s Foundation Cobden-Bright award for his contribution to the Anglosphere. He has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and a JD from Indiana University, Bloomington. He practices law in Chicago.
Date of Death:1959
Table of Contents
Foreword: America Reinvents Itself, Again Glenn Harlan Reynolds xi
Introduction: Hope and Continuity xv
Chapter 1 America in 2040 1
Chapter 2 The American Family 23
Chapter 3 Our Germanic Inheritance 50
Chapter 4 Our English Inheritance 83
Chapter 5 America 1.0 119
Chapter 6 America 2.0 150
Chapter 7 The Great U-Turn 175
Chapter 8 Domestic Policy 187
Chapter 9 Defense and Foreign Policy 236
Bibliographic Essay 277
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a writer of history I received and advance copy of the book for review and I must say that I truly enjoyed America 3.0. I enjoyed it because, unlike other books on this topic, it does not bemoan the current situation as the end of America's greatness. On the contrary the authors are quite optimistic of its future. The authors' optimism stems from a deep grasp of history married with the understanding of the technical advances that are currently changing the world as we know it. From their perspective, the current crisis this nation is facing is from the collapse of Industrial Age America (America 2.0), which was dominated by big business, big government, and big labor. This collapse is brought on by technical advances that are reducing the power the three biggies once wielded over the American people. Publishing is a prime example. Three decades ago the big publishing houses determined what people read. Now with the invention of the Internet and Amazon an individual author, such as myself, could write, edit, and market a book directly to a worldwide audience. Thus, making the big publishing houses irrelevant. This trend has continued into the media and, as the authors point out, will continue into all facets of American society including manufacturing. This will usher in the America of the Technical Age (America 3.0). More importantly, just as America's unique culture allowed it to transition from an agrarian society (America 1.0) to--and then excel in-- an industrialized society, it will also allow United States to transition from an industrialized society to a technical one. Acknowledging the reality that this transition will not be easy, the book offers several recommendations that if implemented in a timely fashion could make the transition less painful, less chaotic, and less disruptive. This is what makes America 3.0 stand out from other books on the subject. While recognizing the crises this nation is currently in, it paints an optimistic and positive future for America. Additionally, it provides practical recommendations that can help ease America through the transition. Unfortunately, I do not believe that the elites--who have a vested interest in maintaining America 2.0--and their political stooges will willingly let go of the reins of power they have had on the American people. More likely than not, they will double down in an attempt to retain that control. If that is so, then we and our nation are in for some turbulent times. But, whether the elites like it or not, technology is changing the world and they are losing their grip on society. As the society decentralizes we, the American people, need to be ready to with plans and policies that will allow America's exceptionalism to continue into this new world. This is why America 3.0 is an essential read for every American concerned about the future of this nation.