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David DesRosiers


As we return to reality from the lazy, hazy days of summer, we find our nation war-weary, broke and politically fractured. We are a subprime-mortgaged house divided. We the people are longing for a better future, but very few thinkers have systematically reasoned through our apparently insurmountable challenges.


America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century: Why Americas Greatest Days Are Yet To Come by James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus is a book that rises to our ominous circumstances.




To get there, the authors propose a Big Haircut an ordered bankruptcy tied to shared sacrifice, and devolution of power, responsibility and accountability to states, localities and individuals. Mr. Bennett and Mr. Lotus are eyes-wide-open realists: So, these governments are going to default on their obligations. That is inevitable. We propose that it be done transparently and openly, and preferably at once, they write. The Big Haircut is about getting the country functional again, spreading the pain widely, and ending up with a new system that is less prone to the problems of the old.




Along with the haircuts comes a third constitutional refounding of sorts via the amendment process. The authors argue that is not possible to get out from the crushing weight of our 2.0 welfare state by simply returning to the Founders 1.0 constitutionalism. We must bring old gods to a new city. Now is a time to discard or transform the broken institutions of America 2.0 and turn for inspiration to the decentralized and individualistic America of the Founders, but in a new and updated implementation an America 3.0. We need a 3.0 constitutionalism that is prescriptive of our unique set of circumstances.




America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century-Why America's Greatest Days Are Yet to Come

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