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Adrift: 100 Charts that Reveal Why America is on the Brink of Change

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This time, what will it take for our nation to keep up with the fast and violent changes to our new world? He is the bestselling author of Post Corona, The Four, and The Algebra of Happiness and has served on the boards of directors of the New York Times Company, Urban Outfitters, and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The inevitable question is: What degree of tolerance will we lose when we stop engaging with and integrating into our communities? First, these problems flow in part from failures of perception and awareness…(long explanatory paragraph).

Yes, we are a country that rewards genius, but we used to be one that showed kindness and generosity to those in need. China spends 10x more of it’s GDP on core infrastructure than the United States which is why it shouldn’t be surprising you can get from Bejing to Shanghai in 4. In this book, he tells the story of America and how the country got to a state of partisanship, corruption, and selfishness.

The author touches on a variety of topics, such as education, income inequality, healthcare, and more. Many felt that American democracy itself had fallen behind: For roughly every 10 citizens in developed nations, 6 believe that the U. S. was once the largest trading partner of the great majority of nations, but since 2000, China has superseded America in this regard. The loss of economic pathways for young people is no less serious for women, but it appears to be less dangerous. Galloway estimated that if profitable American corporations and people earning more than a million dollars a year paid 30% in annual taxes as opposed to 21% and 24.

It's a vital guide for anyone who wants to understand the state the country is in and how and why its influence on the world has changed. Here is Galloway's thesis: The competition at the heart of capitalism is the ultimate engine of human "progress," encompassing everything from economic prosperity to social health, but it must be constrained by institutions (more on these later) which protect the middle class. As we examine and reflect on the charts, we must pay special attention to the weakest spots, like…the dangers related to the disconnected American men. It’s not the most truthful or pressing stories that get attention, but rather those that collectively entertain or outrage us.

But he is also a very successful podcaster which explains the consumer friendly, highly accessible format. This book has made me want to take a few of the charts in this reading, and go a bit deeper to find the root cause of a problem, or how it has evolved over the years. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, with all kinds of job loss, we also saw a rise in business applications as people innovated and adapted.

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