Press Advisory

ADVISORY: The Tyranny of Dead Ideas

Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

WASHINGTON, DC—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 merit

These 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 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.

Copies of The Tyranny of Dead Ideas will be available for purchase at the event.

Featured Author:

Matt Miller, senior fellow, Center for American Progress; author, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas

Moderated by:

David Brooks, columnist, New York Times

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

If you are a member of the press, please RSVP to Jason Rahlan at [email protected].


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