Where are we politically?
Daniel Quinn Mills is the Albert J. Weatherhead, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus. His tenure at Harvard lasted from 1976 to 2007. He consults with major corporations and governments and lectures about management, leadership, strategy, economics and geopolitics. He is an expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles. An American, Mills is also a member of the Innovation Council of Malaysia, a ministry level council chaired by the Prime Minister.
Mills has been interested in early stage businesses and as a director and investor has helped develop several firms. He has been a director of a publicly listed company, chairing its audit committee for several years. A thought leader, Mills has written books on leadership, geo-politics, investments, capital markets, business strategy, network organizations, demographics, marketing, empowerment, and union relations. His most recent book is Master of Illusions: Presidential Leadership, Strategic Independence and America’s Public Culture, published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. The book explores America’s role in the world in the aftermath of the second Iraqi War.
Widely and often quoted as well as seen in the national media, Mills has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, and been quoted in articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Business Week. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.
Question: Where are we politically?
D. Quinn Mills: Politically in the United States, we are split down in the middle, and our last two elections have been virtual ties, which had the Democrats not been so gracious as to concede, might not have ended happily at all. I think the United States is really much more potentially politically unstable than anyone realizes. The notion that the Supreme Court is going to resolve these problems is I think a naive notion. The political figures do not have to accept the Supreme Court decision. That was the decision that the Democrats made. Al Gore made that decision; didn't have to be done. So I think that our system is much more politically unstable than it looks on the surface.
Recorded on: 9/27/07
America is much more unstable than anyone realizes, says Mills.
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