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By James Gustave Speth

In this 3rd quantity of his award-winning American predicament sequence, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and so much formidable contribution but. He seems to be unsparingly on the sea of problems during which the U.S. now unearths itself, charts a path during the discouragement and melancholy regularly felt this day, and envisions what he calls the United States the potential, an enticing and believable destiny that we will be able to nonetheless realize.

The booklet identifies a dozen gains of the yank political economy—the country's simple working system—where transformative switch is key. It spells out the categorical alterations which are had to circulation towards a brand new political economy—one during which the real precedence is to maintain humans and planet. Supported via a compelling "theory of switch" that explains how method switch can come to the United States, the e-book additionally offers a imaginative and prescient of political, social, and financial lifestyles in a renewed the United States. Speth envisions a destiny that may be really worth combating for. briefly, this can be a e-book concerning the American destiny and the robust danger that we but have it in ourselves to take advantage of our freedom and our democracy in strong how one can create whatever high quality, a reborn the US, for our youngsters and grandchildren.

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A great many people helped me with this book, and I wish to recognize and thank them profusely. At the top of the list is my dean at the Vermont Law School, Jeff Shields, who not only ensured that I had the time to work on it but provided steady encouragement. My wife, Cameron, provided wise counsel throughout, a service matched only by her skillful help in manuscript preparation. Megan Hustad was invaluable as editorial counselor, sharpening and enlivening the presentation. Executive Editor William Frucht at Yale University Press provided many helpful suggestions and skillful guidance.

James Gustave Speth Strafford, Vermont America the Possible 1 Manifesto This is a book about the American future. The plainest truth is that, as a country, we have let conditions of life in America deteriorate across a broad front and are headed straight to a place we would not want for our children and grandchildren. There is another future, an enormously attractive one, that is still within our power to build, but only if we mobilize and fight for it. It’s time, indeed past time, for our country to chart a course to this better place.

How do we envision an America the Possible that we want to see for future generations—a very different and attractive America that could be built, say, by 2050? What new sets of values and cultural preferences will have arisen that allow—even encourage—us to live well and prosper despite the serious constraints and limits that may confront us? Of course, the feasibility of system change is acknowledged by a critical mass of people only when they see what the changes are and that a path forward exists.

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