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The USA’s myth as an innovator

Consumed => “Innovation Mandate: Does America Have The Fire For Innovation?” by Rob Preston on

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Overstock’s Byrne said, “…we ran the table on the rest of the world…”. That is a myth. It’s a myth because there was no table. After WW II the USA was the only major industrial nation that was not severely damaged/compromised. We were the table. I would hope we’d run it then.

In fact, there are those who have suggested that the beginning of the decline of innovation in the USA can be traced to the mid 60s. Yes, the mid 60s! (A mentioned here: And I’d like to also note that much of the prosperity of the last 10 – 15 years was an illusion as well. So in terms of a non-mythical track record on actual competitiveness and innovation there’s not much left, is there?

What’s most frightening is now there are multiple games in town (i.e., China, Brazil, India, etc.) and we’re not prepared. Not even close! Our political leaders continue to sell us the myth. And sadly, we continue to buy it. “Why worry? We’re great” seems to be the assumption. Well, we all know about assume, don’t we?

Rob I appreciate your positive outlook but there really doesn’t seem to be much objective reality to support it. Some of us are not willing to overlook that fact that the high school graduation rate on average is somewhere between 60% and 70%. And only 25% of those who should be eligible to serve in the military are in fact qualified to do so. The handful of kids you sight are not going to offset that tipping point.

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