Introduction

A Turning Point in History

Today, we face a turning point in American history—a time requiring reinvention. Even as the job market picks up temporarily, we are warned of a “new normal,” an economy in which good jobs are disappearing overseas and average wages are depressed by foreign competition. We are warned about tepid growth, unstable careers, fewer opportunities, and dependence on foreign imports for survival, and even the loss of America’s position as leader of the global economy is foretold.

Underlying the new normal are two central players: the United States and China. Today we face a crisis in our ability to compete, particularly with China. China has emerged from a meager capitalist adolescence to vibrant adulthood. It ...

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