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Getting to the Next System: Guideposts on the way to a new political economy

Gus Speth

In this Next System Project second official report, project co-chair James Gustave Speth details the steps that must be taken to change the status quo of the political-economic system.

The America we must seek for our children and grandchildren is surely not the America we have today. Our country confronts a daunting array of challenges in the maintenance of our people’s wellbeing, in the conduct of our international affairs, in the management of our planet’s natural assets, and in the workings of our politics. Taken together, these challenges place in grave peril much that we hold dear.

If we are going to change things for the better, we must first understand the forces that brought us to this sea of troubles. When big problems emerge across the entire spectrum of national life, it cannot be due to small reasons. We have encompassing problems because of fundamental flaws in our economic and political system. By understanding these flaws, we can end them and move forward to a new system... Read full report.