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Why America’s greatest days are yet to come…

America 1.0

The combination of America’s English cultural and institutional roots with American frontier conditions. It was a world of animal and muscle power, difficult transportation over continental distances, family farms and small businesses with limited market participation, and governance that was limited, local, and face-to-face. America 1.0 set the trajectory for American life, and it has never lost its grip on the American imagination.

America 2.0

The transformation of American life by powered machinery. The shift toward corporate labor, and away from individual and family autonomy, led to economic insecurity for families and tradespeople. Americans demanded protections they had not needed in the past. At the same time, face-to-face local governance was replaced with increasingly distant and unaccountable bureaucracies, difficult-to-manage large cities, and the entanglement of government power with private business. The costs and burdens of this powerful, centralized state are becoming ever clearer. We are living in a period of crisis, as America 2.0 collapses around us.

America 3.0

Already emerging. We have already begun to adapt our institutions and to forge new arrangements that are appropriate for a post-industrial, networked, decentralized society. The transition will not be smooth, but it is the only path forward. This book provides a roadmap to the American future, illuminated by fundamental insights into our deeply-rooted underlying culture of freedom and liberty.


Glenn Reynolds“Are you a campaign policy analyst or speechwriter? Then you need to read Jim Bennett and Michael Lotus’s America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century: Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come.”

Trust me on this. You’ll be glad you did.

— Glenn Harlan Reynolds,
Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee,
author,  An Army of Davids


Michael Barone“Many pundits­­—and, polls say, most Americans—think America’s best days are behind us. In America 3.0, James Bennett and Michael Lotus argue that our best days are ahead—if we take the trouble to understand our past. We need to build on the unique American institutions that enabled previous generations to produce the successful agricultural America 1.0 and the even more successful industrial America 2.0 and to cast aside elements which prevent us from creating an even more successful post-industrial America 3.0.”

Michael Barone,
Senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner,
American Enterprise Institute resident fellow,
co-author of The Almanac of American Politics

Jonah Goldberg

“Capitalism, argued Joseph Schumpeter, relies upon creative destruction. In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of destruction while the creation has been less appreciable, at least in the eyes of many. James Bennett and Michael Lotus offer a glimmering vision: we are at the dawn of a miraculous era of creativity. This is a valuable book not just for its hopeful vision of America’s destiny, but for its concrete insights into the forces and trends pushing us to our rendezvous with destiny.”

Jonah Goldberg,
Editor-at-large, National Review Online,
author, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left

John-OSullivan-624x468“James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus predict that America’s future will be a better version of its traditional past, rather than an imitation European Union. They argue their case brilliantly and persuasively. This book is in danger of giving conservative optimism a good name.”

John O’Sullivan,
Editor-at-large, National Review,
author, The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World


Michael Barone’s review in the Washington Examiner

David Desrosier’s review in the Washington Times

John Fonte’s review in National Review

Tanner Greer Review on The Scholar’s Stage

Daniel Hannan’s incredibly great review in the Telegraph

Brian Micklethwait review on Libertarian Samizdat

Glenn Reynolds’ Review in USA Today

David Ronfeldt Review Part 1

David Ronfeldt Review Part 2