“Some will tell the President that the government should never have a growth strategy beyond being fiscally prudent and letting markets allocate capital. But a government that can land a thinking machine on Mars surely can develop an informed opinion about what sectors of the economy can grow rapidly and contribute to a high and rising standard of living for everyone. In any event, currently the knowledge and power markets cannot readily allocate capital appropriately because they are constricted by a web of law, externalities, and monopoly bottlenecks. Moreover, the government plays such a large role as a spender and regulator in these markets, that its conduct, whether or not coherently focused, enormously affects industry trends. Finally, if the United States economy does not rebuild the knowledge and power platform far faster, better, and cheaper than market forces are now doing, then Americans will suffer from inadequate educations, poor and expensive healthcare, and devastating climate change, for generations to come.
However, those who remain unconvinced of the merits of a growth strategy, and prefer single-minded focus on the debt-to-GDP ratio, should be mollified by the fact that our legislative proposals for the two platforms reduce the deficit by about $100 billion, without accounting for the additional tax revenues that will be derived from more rapid economic growth. In Chapter 4, we suggest ways to negotiate for these measures as part of avoiding the “fiscal cliff.” Taken as a whole, our proposals outline the politics of abundance.”
-Reed Hundt and Blair Levin
In the News
Broadband and Social Justice, Joycelyn James, “PART II: The Politics of Abundance: Improving the Economy Through Technology,” May 20, 2013.
Broadband and Social Justice, Joycelyn James, “PART I: The Politics of Abundance: Improving the Economy Through Technology,” May 13, 2013.
R Street Institute, Ike Brannon, “Grow Your Pie and Eat It Too,” April 26, 2013.
Cato Institute, Regulation Magazine, Ike Brannon “In Review: Grow Your Pie and Eat It Too,” Spring, 2013.
KGNU, “The FCC, the Internet, Connectivity with Blair Levin, author with Reed Hundt of ‘The Politics of Abundance,’” February 21, 2013.
C-SPAN, “The Communicators with Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt,” January 12, 2013
Inside Higher Ed, Lev Gonick, “The Year Ahead in IT, 2013,” January 3, 2013
Broadband Communities Magazine, “The Knowledge Platform,” December 2012
Forbes, Larry Downes, “Creating a Politics of Abundance to Match Technology Innovation,” January 3, 2013.
Hundt interviewed on MSNBC’s The Cycle, “Former FCC Chairman: Technology Will Solve America’s Problems,” December 26, 2012
Hundt and Levin received a shout-out on The Charlie Rose Show thanks to Norm Ornstein, December 12, 2012
FCW: The Business of Federal Technology, “Book Excerpt: The Politics of Abundance,” December 12, 2012
E-Commerce News, Jeff Kagan, “‘The Politics of Abundance:’ Lessons From the Last Era of Prosperity,” December 12, 2012.
COMPUTERWORLD, “A Broadband Solution to Fiscal Crises,” December 10, 2012.
Blogtalkradio, Broadband and “The Politics of Abundance,” Blair Levin, December 3, 2012
National Journal, Technology Can Fix the Budget Crisis, Say Former FCC Officials, November 27, 2012
Mashable, Technology Can Fix the Budget Crisis, November 27, 2012
Marc Gunther Blog: Business Sustainability, Reed Hundt and Blair Levin: Grow the Economy, Save the Climate, November 26, 2012
Politico Morning Tech, Jess Karmen, Van Hollen Promotes Levin, Hundt, November 21, 2012
Congressman Chris Van Hollen recently sent a Dear Colleague letter about The Politics of Abundance to all democratic House members. We are honored to have received this recognition. Click here to read the letter.
Roll Call, Norman Ornstein, “Optimism About the 113th Congress,” November 14, 2012
TechDirt, “Democrats and Republicans Should Come Together to Support a Future of Abundance,” November 14, 2012
San Jose Mercury, “Reed Hundt and Blair Levin: For a politics of abundance, growth first” Nov 12, 2012
Politics of Abundance: Part 2
Politics of Abundance: Part 4