Short-term thinking is politics’ most epic failure

Has the Republican Party forgotten its past?

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  • The Republican Party was founded in 1854 in Wisconsin as the "party of reform". It was the first U.S. political party to be founded by women as well as by men, the first party to support suffrage, and the first party to support equal rights. It was the party of Abe Lincoln! So what changed?
  • In the 1970s, Ronald Regan made the mistake that ultimately dooms all political parties: He made a short-term decision for instant gratification. The party decides to focus on getting the more immediately profitable voter share of white men.
  • Jill Lepore isn't just picking on Republicans. This problem is large and widespread. "Both of them [Republicans and Democrats] are pretty willing to trade their constituencies out for short-term gain," says Lepore. Businesses and non-profits fall apart in the same way. The cost of short-term thinking has devastatingly long-term effects.
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The cult of disruptive innovation: Where America went wrong

In business and in technology, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

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  • 'Disruptive innovation' is a dangerous buzzword.
  • There's a world of difference between progress and innovation.
  • Our speaker believes she can pinpoint the moment America went off the rails.
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