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The Upside of Down by Charles Kenny

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CHAPTER TEN

        Life Near the Top

DURING THE 2012 Republican National Convention, New Jersey governor Chris Christie called for a “Second American Century.” There is absolutely no reason why the twenty-first century should not be an “American Century”—if by that is meant America retaining or even enhancing its global reputation as a country to be emulated. America will not be the largest economy, but it really could—and should—end the twenty-first century as one of the very best places to live, ever. Europe has a similar opportunity. Indeed, compared to the previous century of war and division in the region, the twenty-first should be one ...

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