Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

The Next America

Commuters crowd into Grand Central Station as they await the resumption of train services in New York, N.Y., March 4, 2008. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, by Joel Kotkin (Penguin, 320 pp., $25.95)

During the 1980s and 1990s, when many believed that Japan was ascendant and the United States was doomed to become an economic backwater, Joel Kotkin offered a strikingly different thesis. Rather than displace American economic power, Kotkin argued, the rise of East Asia would actually enhance it. The cross-pollination of Japanese ingenuity and American entrepreneurship would spark a transformative productivity boom. Kotkin was vindicated as American manufacturers embraced Japanese managerial innovations, and as heavy investments in information technology, pioneered by lean immigrant-driven start-ups, started to pay off. Far from a liability, the U.S.’s openness to newcomers and its intellectual, cultural,

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