Americans Turn Inward This 4th of July
A poll on the eve of Independence Day confirmed that more Americans see the nation as less powerful and more vulnerable. They want leaders to focus more on the challenges at home.
What's the Latest Development?
A new poll released by Time magazine and the Aspen Ideas Festival indicates that as Americans see overseas threats to the country waning, they prefer that government focus on domestic policy, particularly the economy. "The poll—which finds that more than two-thirds of Americans consider the last 10 years to have been a decade of decline for America—is in sync with other surveys of American opinion in recent months. According to the poll, three-fourths of Americans say economic weakness poses a bigger danger to the U.S. than do national security threats."
What's the Big Idea?
Given the interdependence of today's globalized economy, is it a contradiction to want America to simultaneously focus on rebuilding its economic strength while withdrawing from foreign "entanglements"? The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budgets represent one percent of the nation's total budget but, according to Mark Green, former ambassador to Tanzania and current head of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, "that 1 percent is very efficient spending when you consider the role it plays in building our presence in the world."
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Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this happens in the pharmaceutical world, certain companies stay at the top of the ladder, through broadly-protected patents, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation — "tweaks" — the same as product invention.
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