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What If The US Wasn’t First & Best At Absolutely Everything

It is obvious that there are things that America isn’t best at, but it always surprises me when there is something in technology or innovation where we are badly lagging.

When Nirvikar Jain writes “In India, sending this money would have been as simple as sending a text. . . .” I don’t doubt him, but somehow I am surprised and confused.

It’s different than when I think about how far behind we are in health, education, and social services in comparison with the Nordic county. With that, I am just sad and hopeless

I grew up viewing America as the exporter of ideas and innovation

What would it mean if started to think of ourselves as (at least a selective) importer of good ideas?

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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