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<DIV>Why do you think this is a socialist program? I do think</DIV>
<DIV>we need to re-regulate in some areas to reduce the</DIV>
<DIV>predations of white-collar criminals, but I also think that</DIV>
<DIV>NAP represents a huge opportunity for capitalism.</DIV>
<DIV>Actually, the name is intended to steal thunder from PNAC :-)</DIV>
<DIV>I think if there was good news to report from Iraq, the corporate</DIV>
<DIV>media would be happy to report it. I do hear that the reporters are </DIV>
<DIV>afraid to leave their hotels. In any case, the cost in lives and money </DIV>
<DIV>is horrific.<BR><BR>The improvement in the unemployment numbers comes from people </DIV>
<DIV>exhausting their benefits. Job growth is less than needed to keep up with</DIV>
<DIV>new entries into the job market. As Paul Krugman recently commented,</DIV>
<DIV>a lot of people don't think the economy is great.</DIV>
<DIV>The specific ideas will be things like organic farming, solar</DIV>
<DIV>energy, Spanish-style health-care, more health care and less</DIV>
<DIV>disease care, increased mass transit, less transportation and more </DIV>
<DIV>communication, much larger bandwidth for the internet, global </DIV>
<DIV>fiber-optic networks- a top to bottom transformation of our technology </DIV>
<DIV>to make it less toxic and more energy-efficient.</DIV>
<DIV>We are faced with a tough choice: move ahead consciously</DIV>
<DIV>or over-shoot our resource base and then collapse. I have</DIV>
<DIV>been in Vienna for about a week and see a lot of things that</DIV>
<DIV>would be good for America.</DIV>
<DIV><BR>-----Original Message----- <BR>From: "Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D." <LJOHNSON@SOLUTION-CONSULTING.COM><BR>Sent: Jul 20, 2005 2:16 PM <BR>To: firstname.lastname@example.org, The new improved paleopsych list <PALEOPSYCH@PALEOPSYCH.ORG><BR>Subject: Re: [Paleopsych] New America Project <BR><BR><ZZZHTML><ZZZHEAD><ZZZMETA content="text/html;charset=ISO-8859-1" http-equiv="Content-Type"></ZZZHEAD><ZZZBODY bgcolor="#ffffff" text="#000000">The name needs work -- sounds too much like New American Century project, where the neo-con movement articulated the necessity of a new foreign policy, based on values instead of national intereat and <I>realpolitik</I>. <BR><BR>Actually, Clinton strongly considered invading Iraq, but was derailed by his Rod of Power. Clinton was clearly a neocon in his foreign policy, witness Bosnia and Somalia. The difference was that he was too dependent on polls and chickened out - Mogadishu, Black Hawk Down - and cut and run, thus encouraging Osama Bin Laden to view americans as cowards and promoting the idea that they can attack us. Bush II seems to care nothing for polls and thus stays the course. Things are improving in Iraq, but are not reported.<BR><A class=moz-txt-link-freetext href="http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110006964">http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110006964</A><BR><BR>The economy is strong, and unemployment is at 5% which historically is pretty good. The deficit is coming down as tax revenues go up. The deficit shrank by $100 billion this year. The Laffer Curve still works. <BR><A class=moz-txt-link-freetext href="http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110006973">http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110006973</A><BR><BR>Bush has replaced a moderate Supreme Court Justice with a hard-to-beat conservative, which will swing the court radically in the next few years, reversing the 5-4 O'Conner votes.<BR><BR>Best wishes with your New America project, I say you have s steep road ahead of you. Socialism always fails, and free market capitalism in the context of a liberal (small L) rule-of-law democracy is a terrible system but better than all others. You will have to invent some pretty clever ideas.<BR><BR><A class=moz-txt-link-abbreviated href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</A> wrote:<BR></DIV>
<BLOCKQUOTE cite=mid200305.1121845374806.JavaMail.email@example.com type="cite"><PRE wrap="">The NeoCons spent many years trying to sell their ideas.
Bush I said no, and Clinton said no. Bush II said yes.
Now they have had their chance, and it's not working.
After 6 years, we are less secure, less prosperous, and more divided than we were when they started.
I see no reason to assume that things will improve if we "stay the course." Most of us cannot wait years or decades to see if they are correct after all.
We are facing a future where we will hit the limits of petroleum and water, and in which there will be fierce competition for all other natural resouces.
Playing the global bully will only unite the world against us, and the situation in Iraq tells us that the cost-benefit ratio of waging war for resources is negative.
We don't need to fight the NeoCons because they will collapse under the weight of their failed poliicies.
We do need to build a vision to replace theirs, and I suggest the we call it the "New America Project."
If in the future we cannot do well by conquering resources, we will have to do well by selling our ideas.
There is no shortage of brainpower in America.
Starting with basic needs for food, shelter, health care, transport, and communications, there is an abundance of ideas which we can implement to improve life all around the globe. If we need more ideas, we can bring them in from the void.
It starts with intent.
July 20, 2005
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