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"An argument that blends demography, economics, and politics . . . The thesis is eminently arguable, but the book is packed full of provocative ideas well worth considering."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Well researched and convincing. This optimistic call to action is worth considering."—Publishers Weekly
"There are plenty of reasons to question how the U.S. might absorb so many new citizens, but Yglesias makes a provocative case for a new kind of American greatness."—The New York Times The Morning newsletter
“The genius of this book is in showing that dilemmas that are siloed across vast swaths of public policy are actually the same problem, with linked solutions. A bracing, ambitious manifesto that will leave you excited about the future that America could build, and furious at the weakness and decline so-called ‘nationalists’ want to ensure.”—Ezra Klein, editor-at-large and cofounder of Vox, bestselling author of Why We’re Polarized
“One Billion Americans points to the practical changes that the United States can make in order to earn back its inherited position as the leader on the path toward universal freedom and dignity. It warns us all that being the envy of the world is a choice, not a fate.”—Paul Romer, Nobel Prize–winning economist
“The goal of One Billion Americans is to make us think, and that is exactly what it does. How can America continue to be a global force? How can we make ‘American Exceptionalism’ a long-term reality? Matthew Yglesias does an amazing job serving up ideas, which we all need to seriously consider, in a book that is well worth reading.”—Mark Cuban, entrepreneur
“Yglesias is an unpredictable thinker, willing to fly in the face of tribal norms…One Billion Americans harkens back to a time when policy discussions were not tribal melees.”—National Review
"Argues persuasively for liberal policies in the service of a nation-building agenda . . . Yglesias walks the line successfully, managing not only to make a decisive case for several critical policies but also to confront some malignant beliefs historically present in liberal thought, all while appealing to American national pride."—LiberalCurrents
“[Yglesias] ponders how the United States might evolve if it were much more open to immigrants…[and] makes a bold case for openness in his own country.”—The Economist
“The basic idea of the book, that America needs to commit to remaining the world's most powerful, productive nation, is a project that conservatives should emphatically support. Because Yglesias is right: We need more people.”—Washington Free Beacon
“Audacious, purposefully provocative, and yet utterly persuasive, One Billion Americans does what the best works of political nonfiction do, recalibrating not just our sense of what is possible, but of what is necessary. American decline isn’t inevitable, as much as it seems to be. We can avoid it, if we try.”—David Wallace-Wells, author of New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth
"One of those rare, sparkling books that sets out to argue a point that you are likely not to have a deeply settled opinion on, and then forces you to work through a whole series of interconnected views and assumptions you may not realize you had. Persuasive and fresh, even where it may fail to convince you, it succeeds in making you think. Really think."—Chris Hayes, host of "All In" on MSNBC and the "Why is this Happening?" podcast, author of A Colony in a Nation
"One Billion Americans is not just surpassingly intelligent—it’s also very clever: To support his plea for a much larger population, Yglesias sneaks in remedies for nearly every domestic policy failure that now besets us. In the process of arguing for a nation with more people, he provides the tools to build one that is also more prosperous and more equitable. This is an original, engaging, and necessary book."—Daniel Okrent, author of The Guarded Gate and Last Call
“Yet the wide range of contributors of Yglesias’s plans—market economists, social democrats, socialists, even communitarian conservatives—suggest that there may be a wider audience for these ideas than at first appears. Maybe pandemic nihilism and the crumbling of American institutions have gotten to me, but this little book is at once hopeful and utterly depressing: A reminder that if there was consensus that the US possessed a common wealth, it could be grown beyond measure.”—Quartz
“Matt Yglesias’ new book, One Billion Americans, will be one of the most important books of the decade.”—Exponents
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- Publication Date : September 15, 2020
- Publisher : Portfolio (September 15, 2020)
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Oh, also, American culture already produces one of the most disproportionately environmentally destructive societies in the world (the per capita ecological footprint in the US is shameful - we're "winners" on that graph). So literally the worst thing for all humans, collectively, is for more of them to be American and subscribing to the great consumerist, entitled, selfish, pathological nightmare of a culture that we keep pretending is The Best, while the world crumbles.
No, sorry sir, we do *not* need more of any of that, which is exactly what you're endorsing, because a grow-to-win agenda will absolutely amplify every one of the existing mechanisms and phenomena that both got the world into the mess that it's in and is accelerating it unabated.
I found this book one of the most irresponsible pieces of literature POSSIBLE in an era when, while declaring a climate emergency last fall, 11,700 of the world's climate scientists stated, without qualification, that we CANNOT SOLVE CLIMATE WITHOUT ADDRESSING POPULATION. That particularly applies in the 3 "carbon giant nations," China, THE UNITED STATES and India, in that order. Of note, also the world's THREE MOST POPULATED NATIONS
I should think that Amazon should, morally, since it's T.V. ads PROFESS CONCERN ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, put a disclaimer on this book!
While Big 6 media have done a brilliant job of FALSELY portraying that the U.S. isn't growing, census data dispute that with consistent INCREASES OF 28 MILLION TO 30 MILLION A DECADE. (Boot up the U.S. Census Bureau's 'population clock' and watch it for a few minutes.) While this author seems unaware, we're already the world's 3rd most populated nation and have, at 16.5 metric tons per capita, the highest CARBON FOOTPRINT of any of the three "carbon giant" nations. India is WAY behind at only 1.8 metric tons per capita, and China comes in at a "mere," by comparison to us, 6.8 metric tons per capita. Do the math! Over 330 million of us already, times that ghastly 16.5 metric tons. That means were a near-China equivalent on our environmental hit, carbon wise, to the planet.
The author also deftly ignores that the Rockefeller Commission long ago warned the more of us there are the MORE IMPOVERISHED WE WOULD BECOME, as they urged we never "risk" become 300 million Americans. Yet, here we are at a ghastly 330 million Americans--many with no guaranteed water supply in future years--and even that isn't good enough for this guy.
Why does he assert that one billion of us will make us any "richer" than India or any other "Third World" nation? Disney's First Law? (Or, wishing will make it so.) He also deftly ignores that Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development--that is if we care a hoot about the environment and this author seems not to even know it exists--warned that WE CANNOT HAVE GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY. They also warned that we must never allow immigration to continue to fuel our exploding population. Yet, we did just that, moving ever-deeper into being a global environmental problem even as, we in 2006 passed 300 million and are already at 330 million! But just ask the author who seems to say, "Why worry? To be rich and powerful, the only POSSIBLE road is OVERPOPULATION!
This diatribe--I regret the money spent on it!--is not only ill-informed, but it is irresponsible to ours and the planet's environmental future. Perhaps rather than believe the author, readers would do well to read the statement of 57 or the world's scientific academies some years back warning that we MUST strive to stabilize population "in our children's lifetimes." Instead of that, this author thinks it would be great for our children to live in the same overcrowded, often squalid conditions of ALL THE OTHER OVERPOPULATED NATIONS. Shame!