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Unleashing the Second American Century by Joel Kurtzman

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CHAPTER EIGHT

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

I began this book with a visit to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Let’s take a second trip, this time to the West Coast to a part of California, and get another view of why America is entering its second great century with the capabilities it needs to remain on top. I love Massachusetts, have a home there, and love to talk about its virtues, one of which is its fiercely intellectual climate.

But I also have a home in California, a state that, with 38 million people, has almost six times the population of Massachusetts. And, although we walked through the streets of Cambridge, since the distances in California are so ...

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