America's Future

Friday, January 23, 2009

Niall Ferguson, professor of History at Harvard University and the author of The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (Penguin Press HC, 2008), and Peniel Joseph, associate professor of African-American Studies and History at Brandeis University, contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and the author of Waiting' Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, discuss the future of US global leadership.


Niall Ferguson and Peniel Joseph

Comments [13]


to sean from nj
wow, thanks

Jan. 23 2009 12:52 PM
Samuel from NYC

@ Leo
Benjamin Barber has an interesting book about this subject called "Consumed".
I think his theory is spot on especially concerning American culture.

Jan. 23 2009 11:50 AM
Leo from Queens

Samuel #3 - You make a great point.. I guess there is purpose and reason to keep an undereducated class as it is easier for corporations and governments to manipulate

Jan. 23 2009 11:44 AM

to Sean from nj ---
sounds like you would really enjoy courses by peniel e. joseph. maybe we can finally get over this scholarship equals "tomism" and the pendulum may swing toward young blacks actually wanting to excel academically Thank you Barak Obama

Jan. 23 2009 11:38 AM
Anderson from Richmond Hill

Peniel Joseph did not see the press briefing yesterday. I did not see more people of color covering the white house.

More people want to be engaged in the process of our country, they are observing, being inquisitive, doing more research. That is a great thing.

Jan. 23 2009 11:31 AM
steve from springfield, nj

Peneal Joseph seems to be the only analyst I've heard so far who seems to be taking the inaugural address in its entirety and not parsing phrases in terms of how its affects or reflects their own points of view

Jan. 23 2009 11:29 AM
sean from nj

always capitulating to the white man,get a backbone.

Jan. 23 2009 11:26 AM
Bob from Fairfield

Bush said the SAME THING about Atheists that Obama did! Except he actually used the term!

"I like to tell people, you're equally American whether you're a Jew, Muslim, Christian, or Atheist -- you're equally all Americans -- and that if we ever lose that, we begin to look like the Taliban. "

Jan. 23 2009 11:25 AM
sean from nj

I hate these uncle toms that come on brian show.when are we going to get people that care about the community ,instead of trying to fit in america,in a country that dont look at you as a equal president is my community ,not some uncle tom,or these uncle toms that come on this show.

Jan. 23 2009 11:24 AM
hjs from 11211

did obama talk about science in his first address?

Jan. 23 2009 11:22 AM
Samuel from NYC

@ Leo
Completely agree with you.
Unfortunately keeping people under educated and immature can have great benefits for corporations and the advertising industry.
I hope the new administration can get the ball rolling on education!

Jan. 23 2009 11:20 AM
Leo from Queens

The US needs to emphasize education - understanding of Science, Technology, math and humanities as well as an education of our history and where our values and government structure come from. The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand or share these values.

We have a large mass of uneducated people that not only do not add value to our society, but actually undermine it (see greed in Corporate America, torture, violence, Anne Coulter, etc.) The fact that most of our young people can read and write does not mean we have any education. Those are just the primary tools needed for an education.
It is ironic that as society, technology and science become more complexed we as a society have bought in to the red herring that reading and writing and playing video games is all we need in the modern World.

Jan. 23 2009 10:53 AM
Samuel from NYC

The USA cannot be a leader because it does not lead by example. The US has for the last 50 year lead by the 'do as I say and not as i do' rule.
The US has sacrificed moral judgment for the power of money too often in the past. If we can begin to shift that unhealthy trend I think we will become a more healthy society that is able to lead with integrity.

Jan. 23 2009 09:56 AM

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