Think this is the greatest nation on the face of the earth? Think the American people are the greatest people on the planet? If you answered “Hell yeah!” to either or both of those questions, you might just be an American. And you just might be right.
Next question: Do you think that we have something that is “uniquely American” that sets us apart from the rest of the world? Most of you will say “yes” again. This is where things get tricky. It’s this vague notion of “we’re special” that lies at the root of our current political, economic and intellectual morass and malaise.
The reasons the United States (and the Western world) are great, prosperous and free is not by chance or divine providence. It is not ascribed to an “uniquely American” quality. Once we remove the intangible notion from the equation, quantify it, understand it, we come to the realzation that it is reproduceable.
Enter Niall Ferguson. In twenty minutes, Mr. Ferguson distills the sucess of the Western world into “6 killer apps of prosperity”. It is a blueprint for any culture that wants to succeed.
This talk should be shown to every middle and high school in this country.