I was rummaging through my document archives and found some notes I took on Lester Thurow's "The Future of Capitalism" waaaaay back in 1998. Given the unfortunate whispers of the decline of the United States as a global economic power I thought this might be of interest. Remember, these are just a few sketchy notes. And I have no idea what "Plates" are.
Perhaps there are some useful nuggets in there. I like the one about religious fundamentalism (remember, this is from 1998).
China focus will change to India focus
Communism had good education
No competitor to capitalism now so it will not implode
Economic Surface of the Earth
End of Communism (Plate 1)
Offers lots of cheap labor
Migration (plate 4) pushes unskilled workers into 1st world
New technologies (plate 2) generates skill shift
Need to offset this (by massive skill investment) is resisted by the elderly (plate 3)
Global economy (plate 4) forces wages down
Without dominant power (plate 5) there is no economic locomotive.
Progress occurs when technology meets ideology
Inflation is extinct
Japan will crack
Europe is biased towards social programs so jobs will flee
Global bubbles burst together
Uncertainty breeds religious fundamentalism (its familiar in uncertain times)
Capital is human and no longer ownable
Need to spur long-term thinking and R&D - Government's only role