Post on Arnold Kling’s review here.
From the intro at Amazon:
‘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 Now America 2.0 is outdated and crumbling, while America 3.0 is struggling to be born.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’
Predictions are hard, especially about the future.
It’s pretty safe to say that technology is certainly changing how we live, work, think and arrange our lives. Whether or not you think the rate of technological change is increasing, these changes are naturally affecting our institutions, politics, economy & political economy.
Does it necessarily follow that these changes will be aligned with a libertarian/conservative political philosophy?
I’m partial to the idea of protecting the core unit of the family with a kind of Jeffersonian liberalism & limited government. This is catnip for libertarian conservatives. After all, collectivism, progressivism, and perhaps even the rights-based individualism derived from top-down (R)eason which can lead to anarchy, pose challenges to such a vision.
From the website:
Mr. Kling’s review provides a very good summary of the book. He concludes by noting:
The vision that Bennett and Lotus put forth is not the technocratically-run national system that most contemporary politicians and pundits presume is ideal. Nor is it the philosophically-driven rights-based society that libertarians might prefer. However, if the authors are correct in their cultural anthropology, then their idea of America 3.0 is what fits best with our culture.
Our antipathy toward a “technocratically-run national system” is common to most American Conservatives and Libertarians, whether capitalized or not. Mr. Kling is astute to note our vision is not one of a “philosophically-driven rights-based society” which many libertarians hope for. We do believe in a rights-based society, but we believe such a society will work, and that certain rights will be understood and respected, not due to any universally derivable philosophy, but due to a historically grounded set of cultural attitudes, orientations and practices. Our assessment of America, its history and its future, is indeed based on cultural anthropology, with economics, law and politics as superstructure on that foundation.
Thanks for the link.
Any thoughts and comments are welcome, especially if you’ve read the book, as I’ve got little time but to link these days.
Kevin Williamson, at the National Review, and his new book: ’The End Is Near, And It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave American Richer, Happier, and More Secure.’
Walter Russell Mead’s theory, in part, posits that liberalism 4.0 needs to become 5.0 and start to creatively solve the problems we’re faced with, including globalization, the decline of manufacturing and industry, and the rise of technology. The ‘blue’ model is behind the times:
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2 thoughts on “From A Reader-Link to America 3.0’s Website”
Chris, thanks for the comments about our book. “Does it necessarily follow that these changes will be aligned with a libertarian/conservative political philosophy?” I hope you will read our book — even if you get it from the library! I care more about the ideas getting out than the sales. What we assert is this: The underlying culture of America is, in comparison with the rest of the world, is freedom loving and individualistic, and that the existing welfare state / Blue Model (great to be referred to in the same breath as Walter Russell Mead, one of our intellectual heroes) is failing. When it does the underlying culture will reassert itself, and that the new technology is consistent with this type of society. Of course, nothing happens by itself, and political action is going to be required. But bottom line for those of us who share a “libertarian/conservative political philosophy” is there is a strong basis for hope. But it is still UP TO US to build America 3.0.
Thanks for stopping by and for writing the book, obviously. I’ll see if I can get my hands on a copy.