America is at a crossroads. In the face of global competition and rapid technological change, our economy is about to face its most severe test in nearly a century—one that will make the recent turmoil in the financial system look like a modest setback by comparison. Yet our leaders have failed to prepare us for what lies ahead because they are in the grip of a set of "dead ideas" about how a modern economy should work. They wrongly believe that—Our kids will earn more than we do—Free trade is always good, no matter who gets hurt—Employers should be responsible for health coverage—Taxes hurt the economy—Schools are a local matter—Money follows meritThese ways of thinking—dubious at best and often dead wrong—are on a collision course with economic developments that are irreversible.In The Tyranny of Dead Ideas, Matt Miller, a leading political and business thinker, identifies the greatest threat to our economic future: the things we think we know—but don’t. Miller offers a unique blend of insights from history, psychology, and economics to illuminate where today’s destructive conventional wisdom came from and how it holds our country back. He also introduces us to a new way of thinking—what he calls "tomorrow’s destined ideas"—that can reinvigorate our economy, our politics, and our day-to-day lives. These destined ideas may seem counterintuitive now, but they will coalesce in the coming years in ways that will transform America.A strikingly original assessment of our current dilemma and an indispensable guide to our future, Miller’s provocative and path-breaking book reveals why it is urgent that we break the tyranny of dead ideas, for it is only by doing so that we can move beyond the limits of today’s obsolete debates and reinvent American capitalism and democracy for the twenty-first century.
Matt Miller is a contributing editor for Fortune, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and the host of public radio’s popular week-in-review program Left, Right & Center. He is a consultant to corporations, governments, and nonprofits, and his first book, The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He lives in Los Angeles.
Matt Miller discusses The Tyranny of Dead Ideas and his inspiration for writing the book.
Matt Miller discusses They Tyranny of Dead Ideas with Stephen Colbert.
Matt Miller says the idea that the next generation will be more successful than the current one is dead.
Matt's keynote talk at meeting of the Committee for Economic Development, on Nov 20, 2008.