Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America's Fate (Hardcover)
It is not between the left and the right, but between the past and the future.
America is on the edge of a breakout. In fact, we are poised for one of the most spectacular leaps in human well-being in history. Pioneers of the future – innovators and entrepreneurs – are achieving breakthroughs in medicine, transportation, energy, education and other fields that will make the world a dramatically different and better place. Unless the “prison guards” of the past stop them. Every American must choose a side. Will you be a champion of the future or a prisoner of the past?
Every potential breakthrough has to get past a host of individuals and institutions whose power and comfort depend on the status quo. These prison guards of the past will strangle every innovation that threatens to change the way things have always been done – if we let them.
In "Breakout" you’ll learn:
- Why environmental extremists cling to the myth of “peak oil,” and how the fracking revolution is about to make America the world’s leading oil producer
- How personalized healthcare – radically individualized treatments made possible by advances in genetics – and regenerative medicine could wipe out our most feared diseases, and why they’re on a collision course with Obamacare
- How self-driving cars are on the verge of making traffic jams – and traffic deaths – a thing of the past, unless regulators wreck them before they leave the lot
- Why a one-size-fits-all education will become a historical curiosity, unless the teachers’ unions and professional academicians succeed in preserving the current dysfunctional systems
- How NASA – once the repository of American dreams of the future – became a textbook case of death by bureaucracy
Americans don’t have to settle for a shrunken future. We can escape from the prison of the past into a future of undreamed-of opportunity and abundance. All we need is the courage to break out.
“As the old chestnut has it, the makers of buggy whips are not trilled by the advent of motor cars, and they’ve got every reason to use their political clout to keep everyone on horseback. Or, to use a similar analogy Gingrich deploys in the book, candlemakers have reason to fear and suppress the coming of the light bulb. As he explores the electric light and its utter transformation of society, Gingrich says there are similar “breakouts” on the horizon – moments when technological advances completely upend the old economic and social arrangements.
“'Breakout' comes at a particularly opportune time to discuss the strangling effect of hyper-regulation, as Americans current feels the hands of ObamaCare tight on their throats. Personalized treatment is a big part of the medical revolution, as it is with education, and there’s nothing personal about a crazy one-size-fits-nobody scheme that forces people to buy all sorts of coverage they don’t want.
“'ObamaCare’s hyper-bureaucratized and depersonalized approach to healthcare and the new technologies of personalized medicine are headed for a painful collision in the near future,' Gingrich writes. 'As medicine moves toward treatments that are exactly right for your problems with your body, our system for regulating and paying for healthcare is moving in the opposite direction – taking decisions away from you and your doctor and giving them to ‘experts’ you have never met.'
“Gingrich stands in awe of the fracking revolution, which bids to make America a dominant global exporter of energy… provided the solar-panel reactionaries and global-warming hysterics don’t kill it. He makes much of how fracking completely wipes out one of the most durable and effective talking points of the environmental Luddites: the belief that we’re just a few years away from running out of fossil fuels. On the contrary, citing a revised inventory that takes advantage of the latest recovery technologies, he writes of half a millennium’s worth of American oil and gas, which 'should be enough to put even the most alarmist mind at ease, but even these figures are likely too conservative.'
“The core message relayed in just about every passage of 'Breakout' is that innovation flourishes in inverse proportion to centralized power. It doesn’t seem as if there’s any way to escape from the 'prison guards of the past' Gingrich describes, without disarming them and knocking down the walls they have erected.” –John Hayward, Human Events
“Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Fate” singles out enemies and rallies the troops, grass-roots and otherwise. Mr. Gingrich is firm: the culprits are special-interest groups, powerful lobbyists, big government and the extreme thinkers who are determined to control or inhibit innovations that are a boon to the future of the nation.
“'Ever-expanding and unaccountable bureaucracy, conspicuous waste of taxpayers’ money, and widespread corruption are a fundamentally wrong model,' Mr. Gingrich says. 'That’s how old European monarchies treated their subjects, not how the self-governing citizens of the American republic should be treated.'
“He appears to be a determined futurist at heart: Mr. Gingrich is a great believer in technology as a countermeasure to all this unhappiness. He also calls on all citizens to support pioneering 'breakout champions' willing to put politics aside and challenge the 'prison guards of the past,' he says. 'Americans don’t have to settle for a shrunken future. We can escape from the prison of the past into a future of undreamed opportunity and abundance. All we need is the courage to break out.'” – Jennifer Harper, The Washington Times
About the Author
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, author of the New York Times bestsellers "To Save America," "Real Change" and "Winning the Future," is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994. Gingrich and his wife Callista host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Gingrich has published 24 books, including 13 fiction and nonfiction New York Times bestsellers. He resides with Callista in McLean, Virginia, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing (November 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1621570215
- ISBN-13: 978-1621570219
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pound
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