Futuribles Journal n° 348


The United States in 2033. On Herbert J. Gans's Book, Imagining America in 2033

As Barack Obama, the forty-fourth - and also the first non-white - president of the United States of America, prepares to take over, Herbert Gans's book Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Together After Bush (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008) seems perfectly timed.
Bernard Cazes and Julien Damon have read this exercise in political fiction for Futuribles and, in their review, present the broad outlines of an America transformed by a Democratic wave that has swept away the legacy of the Republic era and, in particular, the policies of George W. Bush. It is, then, in a resolutely multipolar world and a relatively calm geopolitical climate that the United States is seen operating in 2033, having rejoined the battle against climate change and substantially strengthened its welfare state to the greater joy of the American citizenry. Though probably utopian, this is nonetheless an innovative book and could, in some respects, inspire the next occupants of the White House.

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