Monday, September 5, 2011

After 9/11 America is a Different Place










On September 11th 2001 I was making a presentation to the Economic Club of Milan, Italy when a member of our office's admin staff entered and said in Italian "they blew up New York". My wife was at that time working in Mid-town Manhattan and so I was of course worried amid all the other pain. I can remember driving from Milan to Verona listening to Italian news radio with the world "Crollato" or crushed repeated over and over again. The night of September 11th I was in Verona for a business dinner and the owner of the Trattoria picked up the tab for his "Bresciano-American" friend (that would be me).

The next six months were dreadful. We lived in Princeton, NJ so our train station was covered with those printed signs "lost my husband, lost my wife". It was a time of great sadness and great loss. Americans reacted sometimes well and sometimes not but the nation was changed mostly for the worst.

America pre 9/11 was astride the world as a super power America after 9/11 was something else. In 2011 America remains engulfed in an economic and mental depression. I think that once a nation has been in economic collapse for three years it is safe to call it a Depression. We are in this collapse because like empires before us we spent our riches on global adventures and bread an circuses for our people to keep them mollified in the face of pain and despair.

In the end America is a different place.

Conservatives like to hearken back to Ronald Reagan, Liberals to JFK and FDR but both of those Americas no longer exist. The America of FDR and JFK was young vibrant place where anything was possible and where a generation- the greatest one- made sacrifices to do great things like Medicare, Civil Rights and putting a man on the moon. Reagan's America too no longer exists. The factory towns of the Midwest are now empty. The sunbelt was built on false money and false prosperity and the reserve of good will and frugality that existed in Reagan's time has been spent.

So what are we to do?

I recently was in Sao Paulo Brazil and I saw something. In that vibrant city there are many cafe's as their are in Italy but now smoking is not permitted. So a man stood outside the cafe with a Formica board around his neck with two ashtrays. He flipped up the board and invited the men drinking coffee to come and have a cigarette with their coffee on his board- he then asked for a Real tip. I thought- what a great idea- the fact is that America needs to do the same.

We as a nation need to realize that our ideas matter. We need to also understand that unless we change the conversation and subvert the rules (the way the man in Sao Paulo did with his board) we are doomed to stasis and weakness. The future seems to have moved to Beijing and Sao Paulo but are their ideas better?

It is time to forget 9/11 and to remember why July 4th 1776 is a holiday and September 11th 2001 is not.

16 comments:

ideaman said...

I am pleased to read these comments. I totally agree America is not the country it once was. We are no long the land of the free and the home of the brave as in the old slogan. We as a nation did not act bravely after 911 but allowed our inflamed passions to direct us and the Patriot Act to be passed in haste. This has not only damaged an already weakened constitution, but gave rise to every form of fraud and theft, and cost the lives of thousands of innocent people. I see little hope for the future unless as you say we forget 911 and direct or creative imaginations to solve real problems.

hoganshoesonsale said...

Platform sneakers are back for you! Enrich your appearance with the north face shoessporty platform sneaker. Its thick layered sole, stylish stitching and elastic gore offers you snug fit as well as incredible comfort.Moncler Shoes
You can use volatile platform sneakers both for fashion and relaxation. Suede and molded rubber toe cap of dance sneaker render you smooth feel for various foot movements.the north face Colorful stitching and traction rubber outsole provide you grip and support to dance on all floors. Retro lace up and padded foot bed give you pretty appeal as well as cushioning comfort.

qifei2012 said...

Milliseconds created big start this reasoning featuring a Company 365 assistance, addressing developing sales of enterprise-wide work productivity on line have grown to be essential intended for organizations together with places of work throughout numerous areas Microsoft Office 2010 Key. By using Company as an proven product amongst enterprise people and a progressive amount connected with re-homing on the foriegn, Microsof company could tap deeper into the small business market place using its offer you Place of work 365 office 2010. Microsoft office 2010

Madda Solutiona said...

Our high qualified personnel take care about you and your business when it comes to web development for Brisbane market. We are providing to our clients web development services in order to attract viewers, to help them promoting their products or services. To succeed in offering web development to the customers in Brisbane, we use all our resources and all our skills.
web design Brisbane
Brisbane web design
seo brisbane
ecommerce Brisbane
social marketing Brisbane
web development Brisbane
Magento developer brisbane
content marketing Brisbane
http://www.knd.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...

Very useful post. Thank you for your insights. We will most definetly visit your website again. Keep up the good work!
Bursa de marfuri
Bursa transport
Marfa
Transport
Transport international
Transport marfa
Transport rutier
Expeditie
Logistica
Casa expeditie
http://www.logintrans.ro

Madda Solutiona said...

Aging is a problem for all of us, and when the lotions do not accomplish their goals we go further. This means using a dermal filler treatment. There is nothing shameless in doing it. Everyone does the dermal filler no matter if they are men or women. We all want to feel go
--------------------
Microdermabrasion
Dermal fillers
Skin Clinic Brisbane
Botox Brisbane
cosmetic clinic Brisbane
clinic Brisbane
www.shineclinic.com

Madda Solutiona said...

We can treat your dental trauma with the ultimate technology
--------------------
root canal
root canal treatment
root canal therapy
dental trauma
dental injuries
endodontist brisbane
endodontic group brisbane
endodontics brisbane
www.endodonticgroup.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...

It is a great pleasure reading that you posted here.Thank you for sharing this wonderful post
--------------------
Property managers
Property management Brisbane
Investment property Brisbane
Property management service
Property managers Brisbane
Rental property management Brisbane
property management service NUNDAH
property managers NUNDAH
http://www.investment-realestate.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...

If what you need is a change in your life to feel confident, prettier and healthy, our cosmetic clinic will provide you high quality services to make you feel all that. In order to achieve that our qualified team from cosmetic clinic will take care of you and indirectly rebuilding the self - confidence. Our cosmetic clinic stuff will handle it with maximum discretion.
--------------------
Income protection Insurance
Trauma Insurance
TPD insurance
Life Insurance Brisbane
http://www.lifequotes.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...

Working with skilled house builders from Brisbane we took our projects to a high level of performance. Our clients have the benefit of enjoying their new home with doing anything. The house
builders in Brisbane are ecognized by excellent work that they have done creating exclusive and unique places to live in. You have to tell us your dreams, and with the help of our house builders from Brisbane will make it become true.
house builders brisbane
home builder brisbane
home renovations Brisbane
http://www.olemus.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...

Thinking about your needs and desires we developed special services when it comes to accommodation Brisbane CBD. We offer you accommodation Brisbane CBD special packages that conceived just for you, our customers in order to choose the best. The accommodation Brisbane CBD has trained stuff that will make you journey easier and relaxing.
--------------------
brisbane hotels
hotel accommodation brisbane
accommodation brisbane cbd
hotel brisbane cbd
http://www.rothburyhotel.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...

Expert Training va ofera o gama variata de cursuri acreditate si cursuri calificare. Va asteptam.
--------------------
curs calificare
inspector resurse umane
cursuri acreditate
Curs calificare inspector resurse umane
http://www.experttraining.ro

Madda Solutiona said...

Aussie Car Loans are the experts in getting you the best deal in car finance when it comes to the purchase of a new or a used vehicle. To help the customers, Aussie Car Loans has offered for more than ten years the finance options that match to the wishes of the clients including personal car finance and business finance. Car finance option provides you a deal which will fit better to you situation
car insurance
car finance
car loans for self employed
aussie car loans
bad credit car loan
cheap car loans
bad credit car finance
second chance car loans
car loan protection
car loan online application
http://www.aussiecarloans.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...

Aussie Boat Loans offers a wide range of products and one of them is boat insurance that provide a loan protection insurance or extended warranty. Boat insurance guaranties you the protection in case of accidental loss, damages, properties , death or injuries. Aussie Boat Loans has the enthusiastic customer service to listen to your needs in order toimprove our boat insurance service .
boat insurance
boat lease
boat leasing
boat loan interest rates
boat finance interest rates
boat financing
boat loan financing
boat loans
boat finance
marine finance
boat loan calculator
boat finance calculator
boat loans calculator
boat finance rates
boat loans australia
boat finance australia
used boat loans
new boat loans
http://www.aussieboatloans.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...


If you choose to get caravan insurance you should come to Aussie Leisure Loans. The caravan insurance was conceived thinking about you. Caravan insurance option will make you and your family feel safe. Even if you are careful on the roads, the accidents happen and the caravan insurance that we offer comes with protection and reliability.
caravan insurance
Caravan lease
caravan finance
caravan loans
caravan leasing
caravan loan calculator
caravan loans australia
http://www.aussieleisureloans.com.au

Madda Solutiona said...

Considering that clients are our most valuable assets, we are putting our best effort in offering them the services of our specialized franchise lawyers. The Franchise lawyers that Redchip has are experienced and well trained to take good care of your business. The franchise lawyer will act in your best interest even if it is just an advice or an entire process.
brisbane lawyers
lawyers brisbane
commercial disputes
commercial litigation
franchise lawyer
property lawyer brisbane
commercial lawyer Brisbane
dispute resolution brisbane
estate planning brisbane
asset protection brisbane
tax lawyer brisbane
business structuring brisbane
commercial disputes brisbane
franchise solicitor brisbane
commercial litigation brisbane
http://www.redchip.com.au
v