American amnesia can be defined as our inability to grasp how important it is to have effective government for our prosperity.
Jacob Hacker, co-author of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, attributes the biggest breakthroughs in the 20th century — those related to health, income, and well being — to the government’s essential role. But over the last generation, he argues, there has been an assault on that type of governance.
In describing the evolution of the political sphere, Hacker says, “we now have the worst of both worlds — a lot of cronyism, concentrated markets that are not working well and at the same time, a dysfunctional government that has been torn down by 30 years of attack.”
Hacker calls for Americans to set an agenda that will restore effective government. “This is not what our founders envisioned. And it’s certainly not what made us the most rich and powerful nation in the world.”