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That Should Still Be Us
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That Should Still Be Us

How Thomas Friedman's Flat World Myths Are Keeping Us Flat on Our Backs

Thomas Friedman has made a very successful career of championing globalization and proclaiming that the world is flat. The only problem, says veteran foreign correspondent Martin Sieff, is that Friedman's view of America's economic future and the policies he recommends are flat wrong; they are the reason millions of American jobs have been shipped overseas and may never come back.

In That Should Still Be Us, Sieff convincingly refutes Thomas Friedman's fantasies and many fallacies in Friedman's bestselling books, The World Is Flat and That Used to Be Us, and presents a radically different vision and road map for America's economy and its future.

Sieff refutes Friedman's claims on everything from immigration and free trade to alternative energy and the "need" to encourage tens of thousands of small start-ups to grow the economy and put America back to work. He demonstrates that the crumbling of the nation's infrastructure and the disappearance of its manufacturing base are not caused by economic forces beyond anyone's control; they are the direct result of policy choices begun with lowering tariffs in the 1960s and continued with disastrous free-trade agreements that have sucked the life and the jobs out of a once-dynamic economy.

What really makes Sieff furious are Friedman's contempt for the American worker and his seeming delight that the average citizen is running out of ways to earn a living. Friedman, Sieff says, takes joy in imagining a future in which anyone without an MBA or a PhD will be relegated to the position of "server" for those who innovate. Sieff makes a strong case that the American worker has been the source of countless innovations and that old-fashioned, not cutting-edge, industry is the only foundation on which true innovation can be built. He also points out that China's industrial base is growing not because its people work harder or cheaper, but because it protects its industries through tariffs, currency manipulation, and other methods.

Throughout this stirring call to arms, Sieff provides sensible, workable solutions for reversing America's decline and propelling the nation into a new age of prosperity and growth. He offers a practical trade and energy strategy to restore industrial strength in the twenty-first century and explains why the US economy will soon depend on producing low-carbon footprint natural gas, reviving its manufacturing sector, and protecting its industry from unfair foreign competition and artificially manipulated exchange rates.

If the world is flat, as Thomas Friedman insists, why does the future he imagines look so lopsided? That Should Still Be Us strips away the illusions that support those bleak predictions and points the way toward an American future that is brighter, more promising, and far more prosperous.


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