We begin a new series of posts on the role of government in the 21st century.
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the classic book Tender is the Night, one of the top 100 novels of the last century. My favorite phrase in the book was "inevitable becomes evitable."
What that means to me today is that we now move from the inevitable to the evitable. Inevitable for advanced societies, whether American or Russian, is the technology, the economy, the workplace, and the living place of this century. In the last century, both Russia and the U.S. had factories, cars, suburbs, and tv. In this century they both will have knowledge workers, dense neighborhoods, light rail and trains.
But in each century each country tailors or customs some aspects of society that is different from other countries. In the last century Russia was communist; Japan had lifetime employment; Europe had a social net; the U.S. had labor unions and capitalism. And so we now address the "evitable" - - that which is not inevitable. And the biggest evitable issue for each countrywhat is the role of government in the new century and economy.