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Thinking Big by Nathaniel Loewentheil, James Lardner

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PART 1 LOOKING AHEAD

POLITICAL America has become a land of short-term thinking. It doesn’t plan far in advance, and it doesn’t look far behind; public debate largely ignores both the lessons of history and the glaring realities of the future. We can choose to lay blame at the feet of any number of causes: our increasingly short attention span, the media coverage that plays to it, or the political pandering that preys on it. The fact remains that we must all act to correct it.

The first step is simply to start looking ahead—and farther ahead than the next news cycle, the next election, or even the next administration. The world is accelerating—the rate of change only increases every day—and we can’t know the future. But we can start preparing ...

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