“The Crossroads Nation” by David Brooks (TIMES, 11/9/10)

          David Brooks, in his last example of science fiction, claims that the “nation with the thickest and most expansive networks will define the age.”

          If the networks are thick and expansive can they be controlled by one nation? Even if the United States is presently the best equipped country to establish such networks, there are others who could challenge the USA.

          The networking Brooks is optimistic about could never happen in a world dominated by nationalist loyalties. Only when it is realized that an international organization is necessary for such progress, could a genuine network of talented people be set up.

          The “new world order” that is often hailed by U.S. policy wonks is something to be pessimistic about. The USA as the “crossroads nation” sounds very much the same.


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