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Harness nation's creative edge

Though many people expect China to dominate this century, best-selling author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman says that America still has a key advantage over China: imagination. "What your citizens imagine now matters more than ever because they can act on their own imaginations farther, faster, deeper and cheaper than ever before — as individuals," Friedman wrote. But Friedman fears that U.S. politics has become so polarized that we are unable to effectively solve long-term problems and harness our creativity. "A great power that can only produce suboptimal responses to its biggest challenges will, in time, fade from being a great power — no matter how much imagination it generates," Friedman wrote.

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