Questions from Abroad

IMG_3642A group of public policy graduate students in Cambridge, England read my book and posed some thoughtful questions. On April 25 I will travel to Cambridge and have an opportunity to hear their insights and respond to their queries. Meanwhile, help me prepare by offering your thoughts about the following questions:

1. How do you think Thomas Jefferson would react now? He built the foundations of the country upon “the principles of peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with no one.” How would he change America today?

2. For the protection of the nation, why is climate change not seen as a high risk in America?

3. At the end of this century, if forecasts are accurate, China will overtake the U.S. on all economic measures. It is part of a long ebb and flow that has seen countless empires and countries have a glory period but eventually be superseded. How might the American national psyche respond to being #2

4. What do you think is the most concerning unintended consequence associated with modern-day America?

5. The forefathers of America were fighting for equality, justice and freedom. To me it seems that the country is run by an elite few for their best interests. Do you think that the United States has gone a full circle?

Please offer your ideas below.