Is America’s greatest era only in the future? James C. Bennett and Michael J Lotus’ new book, “America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity,” argues that yes, “America’s greatest days are yet to come.”
While many today would cite that the U.S. is irreversibly going downhill, Bennett and Lotus say that America is “in a painful transition period” between America 2.0 and a future thriving era, America 3.0.
“We are optimistic about the long-term prospects for America’ freedom and prosperity. You should be, too,” Bennett and Lotus write.
The book offers a hopeful, yet realistic vision of the future, saying the country will not follow the same path as its European contemporaries.
“America 3.0″ traces history from the colonial period—the period of our founding fathers—which they call America 1.0. According to the book, America 1.0 “was the combination of America’s English cultural and institutional roots with American frontier conditions.” The period lasted from 1603 to 1860.
Colonial farms, towns and small business defined this period, Bennett and Lotus write. The authors argue that parts of 1.0 didn’t necessarily go away, but were threatened by the next era: America 2.0.
America 2.0 is, as defined by the authors, characterized by “a haphazard and episodic, but nonetheless continuous, expansion of government power.” Bennett and Lotus go through immense anthropological detail of the changes our country has gone through in the 2.0 phase, and how we are challenged to overcome the struggles we are facing now in order to transition into America 3.0.
“Obamacare is, we hope, the last major effort to impose America 2.0 style government on the USA,” said Bennett and Lotus, citing Obamacare as one of the major struggles that America is overcoming to journey on to America 3.0.
“We predict the transition [to America 3.0] to be mostly complete by 2040,” they told The Daily Caller, “but we hope it will be quicker than that.”
In a book dedicated “To our children,” James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus’ “America 3.0″ shows a conservative, optimistic look onto the future by slowing down and remembering the past.