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America's Decline

Thomas Friedman, David Brooks, Charlie Rose and Kono Matsu square off.

“I personally think that we need a third party. I think we are caught in the middle of a corrupt duopoly that cannot get to the right answers anymore because of a lot of deeply embedded things that have happened to American politics. I think we need to blow this system wide open. I hope the Tea Party is just a precursor of something much bigger.”
Tom Friedman on Charlie Rose

“I have made a career out of making fun of all the decline warnings that have happened over the last 30 years, but nonetheless I am more pessimistic now than I ever have been before. In part because we have a government problem. As Tom says, we have a duopoly, two parties growing ever more rigid, ever more incapable of functioning. And secondly we have a middle age problem … Mancur Olson wrote a great book called The Rise and Decline of Nations, about how as nations become more middle-aged they become encrusted with arrangements and habits and things which slow them down. And I think that’s happening, certainly on a governmental level, the crony capitalism that is now the norm in Washington. And I think it’s happening economically, the decline in small business formation, the stagnation of middle-class wages. These are long-term, not cyclical, problems. So I’m much more pessimistic than I was, and see a potential at least for some absolute decline without some sort of gigantic shakeup of the political system in the way Tom envisions. I don’t see a third party there right now, but I hope so.”
David Brooks on Charlie Rose

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Hey Charlie Rose, I still really enjoy the occasional wake-up moments you deliver like the ones above, but lately I’m feeling downright antsy sitting here night after night watching your TV talk show avoid the big questions. At a time when America is in economic, political and cultural free fall, where are the radical voices envisioning a new future? Where are the ecological economists, the outside thinkers, the voices from the far left and far right, the protest organizers, the anarchists, the downshifters and the indigenous sages? Where are Norman Finkelstein, Saul Newman, Manuel Castells? Damn it, Charlie, why can’t you break out of your New York echo chamber every now and again and give us the next Ivan Illich, Michel Foucault or Malcolm X?

Kono Matsu

What do you think? What is the status of our intellectual elite? Who are the outside thinkers paving the way towards a better tomorrow? Share them below.

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Anonymous

The Republican party used to be America's "small government" party, but things changed over time. Today, a lot of people are Republicans not because of the big govt that it stands for now, but because it used to stand for smaller govt, and they want to change it back.

You could say that Ron Paul is far Right because he advocates what the Right used to stand for at one time. Modern neo-libs are on the far Left, with overwhelming big-brother government, and modern neo-cons are somewhere in between, closer to the Left than the Right.

Now that the Tea party has risen and Ron Paul is gaining ground, there's a shift in the Republican party back to the small-government idea. I personally don't think it's nearly enough - as you say, the Right still holds on to religion and wars in politics, but RP is definitely a step back to where the Right was and should be.

The Dems, of course, have hated small government for over a century, and demonize the Tea Party for no other reason than the Republicans have embraced them and made the Dems look bad.

Anonymous

The Republican party used to be America's "small government" party, but things changed over time. Today, a lot of people are Republicans not because of the big govt that it stands for now, but because it used to stand for smaller govt, and they want to change it back.

You could say that Ron Paul is far Right because he advocates what the Right used to stand for at one time. Modern neo-libs are on the far Left, with overwhelming big-brother government, and modern neo-cons are somewhere in between, closer to the Left than the Right.

Now that the Tea party has risen and Ron Paul is gaining ground, there's a shift in the Republican party back to the small-government idea. I personally don't think it's nearly enough - as you say, the Right still holds on to religion and wars in politics, but RP is definitely a step back to where the Right was and should be.

The Dems, of course, have hated small government for over a century, and demonize the Tea Party for no other reason than the Republicans have embraced them and made the Dems look bad.

Anonymous

Why do Americans/Westerners think in terms of left and right, white and black, right and wrong?

Ron Paul is a radical person, he upsets the status quo - hence the name calling (Tea Party), the stonewalling in mainstream media....

The Machine is sick, the system is collapsing - it does not work. Keynsian economics, debt is killing us, no use screaming at the captalists - the poor all have to have a cell phone and services for nothing. Liberal democracy is coming to an end, actually there is no democracy - only manged outcomes and brainwashing - always has been, always will be. The rich will manipulate on their side, the proletariate will threaten, religeous fanatics (Jews, Christians and Muslims) want it their way 'cause their book says so. Marx was wrong, Che was wrong Mohammed is wrong, Christ is wrong, the Talmud does not have the answers, science can't predict landfall of a hurricane nor send a package into space without a problem, my iPhone is fucked if it gets wet...

Ron Paul does point us in the right direction however - we are all responsible for our own shit, don't blame the government or the jews or the muslims or the christians, capitalists or communists - they've all had their day in the Sun, none of them have the answer, take responsibility for yourself and your immedieate social structure - don't worry about global warming, Irene, Gaza, Libya - you can't change it - worry about your family and friends, about businesses that a provide local jobs and services. Worry about what is happening in your invironment, your water supply, local food - learn about nutrition insead of swallowing supplements and other scrap that may or may not make you feel better...

Anonymous

Why do Americans/Westerners think in terms of left and right, white and black, right and wrong?

Ron Paul is a radical person, he upsets the status quo - hence the name calling (Tea Party), the stonewalling in mainstream media....

The Machine is sick, the system is collapsing - it does not work. Keynsian economics, debt is killing us, no use screaming at the captalists - the poor all have to have a cell phone and services for nothing. Liberal democracy is coming to an end, actually there is no democracy - only manged outcomes and brainwashing - always has been, always will be. The rich will manipulate on their side, the proletariate will threaten, religeous fanatics (Jews, Christians and Muslims) want it their way 'cause their book says so. Marx was wrong, Che was wrong Mohammed is wrong, Christ is wrong, the Talmud does not have the answers, science can't predict landfall of a hurricane nor send a package into space without a problem, my iPhone is fucked if it gets wet...

Ron Paul does point us in the right direction however - we are all responsible for our own shit, don't blame the government or the jews or the muslims or the christians, capitalists or communists - they've all had their day in the Sun, none of them have the answer, take responsibility for yourself and your immedieate social structure - don't worry about global warming, Irene, Gaza, Libya - you can't change it - worry about your family and friends, about businesses that a provide local jobs and services. Worry about what is happening in your invironment, your water supply, local food - learn about nutrition insead of swallowing supplements and other scrap that may or may not make you feel better...

Anonymous

I loved your last paragraph! thats how i've been trying to reconstrutc my life lately.

around my own town , and tribe.
learning more and more about nutrition, natural eating, and making my own space full of energy

Anonymous

I loved your last paragraph! thats how i've been trying to reconstrutc my life lately.

around my own town , and tribe.
learning more and more about nutrition, natural eating, and making my own space full of energy

Anonymous

its easy to say think locally , when your local conditions are good enough to support the local community

but what about communities ravaged by mining, forestry, ground water contamination, etc. where you can't even grow weeds

jobs leave as soon as the mines are plundered

i hate to say it but you and your pale RON PAUL are idiots , who think our problems are caused by the governments who don't work for the people

The problems lies with US , all of US

CONSUMPTION without thought , Greed , looking out for number 1 only

and guess what our kids will pay the price !!!

i don't offer a solution cause i don't have one, but i do know what the problems is

Anonymous

its easy to say think locally , when your local conditions are good enough to support the local community

but what about communities ravaged by mining, forestry, ground water contamination, etc. where you can't even grow weeds

jobs leave as soon as the mines are plundered

i hate to say it but you and your pale RON PAUL are idiots , who think our problems are caused by the governments who don't work for the people

The problems lies with US , all of US

CONSUMPTION without thought , Greed , looking out for number 1 only

and guess what our kids will pay the price !!!

i don't offer a solution cause i don't have one, but i do know what the problems is

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