That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can By Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze. Stepping forward as “frustrated optimists,” Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum address the grim situation of a slumping American.
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Author: Thomas L. Friedman;Michael Mandelbaum That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. Editorial Reviews. Review. “At once enlightened and enlightening [American society] could In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back [Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum] on.
Friedman Phase one lasted until , when the world was run by states. Then, between and , phase two saw the rise of multinational corporations. The third phase of globalization, in place since the year and continuing into the foreseeable future, is distinguished by individuals seeking to take control of their economic destiny. That, in a nutshell, is the thesis of The World Is Flat, first published in Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, and New York Times op-ed contributor, claims that "When the world is flat, you can innovate without having to emigrate. Friedman believes the world is flat in the sense that the competitive playing field between industrial and emerging market countries is leveling; and that individual entrepreneurs as well as companies, both large and small, are becoming part of a large, complex, global supply chain extending across oceans, with competition spanning entire continents. The author suggest that the trigger events for this phenomenon were the collapse of communism, the dot-com bubble resulting in overinvestment in fiber-optic telecommunications , and the subsequent outsourcing of engineers enlisted to fix the perceived Y2K problem.
New military recruits arrive much less physically fit than previous generations because of a lack of exercise, and they come in with what Gen. If we could do only one thing with new soldiers, it would be to instill in them trust for one another, for the chain of command and for the nation.
And so is this point from Arne Duncan , the secretary of education: Among the O. How about this statistic from Friedman and Mandelbaum: Today nearly 11 percent goes to prisons and 8 percent to higher education. Or this, which comes from the Nobelist Joseph Stiglitz: In terms of wealth rather than income,. This is new. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent.
Or this, from the Pentagon via Arne Duncan: View all New York Times newsletters. That fate could overtake America too.
Through the weltering confusion of their four points of this and five pillars of that, Friedman and Mandelbaum again and again return to one inspiring theme: Friedman and Mandelbaum at one point praise the beauty of solutions that rise from the bottom up as opposed to the top down.
This praise is not consciously insincere, but pretty plainly it does not accurately represent their operational plan. Friedman and Mandelbaum are men of the American elite, and they write to salute those members of the American elite who behave public-spiritedly and to scourge those who do not.
They are winners, writing to urge other winners to have more of a care for their fellow citizens who are not winners. And you know what? Societies inescapably generate elites.
An elite can have concern and care for the less advantaged or it can callously disregard them. American society has had a big serving of that ugly anti-elitist spirit in the recent past. It could use more of the generous responsible spirit Friedman and Mandelbaum recommend.
But they have eloquently described what such an elite should want to do. Tell us what you think. Please upgrade your browser. See next articles. Newsletter Sign Up Continue reading the main story Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box. Invalid email address. Please re-enter.
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