- Maintain the Liberal Architecture – human rights, freedom of speech, open markets, transfusion of ideas and people across borders, and an interconnected alliance of democracies
- Global Cooperation – As famed author Yuval Noah Harari has pointed out time and again, the existential issues of technological disruption, climate change, and nuclear war can only be solved when nations work together; they cannot be solved by any one country.
- Transitioning to an Automated, Technology Dependent Economy – Ensuring that all citizens can participate and prosper in an a technology dependent economy; current trends portend increased capital concentration in a technology and finance elite operating within a shrinking number of “rent-seeking” firms.
- Focus on Comparative Economic Advantage – Take advantage of America’s strengths in middle to upper tier services and entrepreneurial innovation; reduce American footprint in manufacturing and low value services that can be automated
- Disrupting and Improving Education – Conceive of new ways to educate children and teenagers to prepare them for a technology dependent economy; create opportunities for adults to shift from professions that can be automated to those which require human intelligence.
- Rebuilding Trust in Institutions – We must have a set of government and international institutions that people trust and can count on to serve their interests; militaries, international bodies, NGOs and the media play a vital role in ensuring the safety and freedom of people around the world.
Our current political dialogue is not addressing these long-term, existential issues. Indeed, America’s 2-4 year political cycles are ill-equipped to deal with issues that are profoundly consequential and don’t merely require a short-term, band-aid fix.
Over the next few months, I will be working with individuals in the Baltimore community, academia and business to explore these issues and bring ideas, solutions and civic energy to the public sphere. I hope you’ll join me in the conversation.
To close, I’ll share a quote that Brookings Institute Scholar, Robert Kagan mentioned when describing how world events slowly and then rapidly spin out of control. He notes a famous line in a Hemingway novel that asks a man how he went bankrupt and the man responds by saying “Two ways – gradually then suddenly”.
Let us resolve to address these issues before they gradually and then suddenly become insurmountable.