Recent portrayals of the United States as a fading superpower have been greatly exaggerated, and in fact the nation is on the brink of a major "breakout" that could revolutionize the way people live everywhere.
That's the bullish prediction of former House Speaker and CNN "Crossfire" host Newt Gingrich. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, Gingrich talked about his bold new book "Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America's Fate."
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In the book, he outlines "a whole series of breakthroughs that could potentially rebuild our economy, rebuild our capacity to govern ourselves, give us much longer lives, breakthroughs in learning, breakthroughs in healthcare that are just going to be astonishing."
Growing energy independence and a host of new technological breakthroughs could propel the united States into an era of rapid economic expansion, Gingrich says.
A few of the transformations Gingrich predicts: millions of new energy-related jobs, a major boost in adult education, groundbreaking new applications for smart phones that will revolutionize education and health services, and a rapid advancement in regenerative medicine that will enable doctors to replicate your own organs in case you need a transplant.
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But he warns that moribund institutions will resist the tide of change in favor of preserving their own prerogatives. He calls them "prison guards of the past" and calls overcoming them "the great struggle of our generation."
The key to breaking free of hidebound institutions, he says: local activism.
"We believe you can apply the principles of 'Breakout' to your local government, to your school board, to your city, to the state government, to the federal government," the 2012 GOP presidential contender tells Newsmax.
"And we believe it can liberate people and create extraordinary new opportunities in ways that will make life less expensive, more convenient, enable you to live longer with better health."
Sound too good to be true? Gingrich acknowledges it won't be easy.
"We have to both encourage the pioneers of the future," he says, "and we have to defeat the prison guards when they rush in to try to stop the future."
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