A business leader and esteemed economic thinker outlines simple solutions to America's five most pressing public policy issues, from healthcare to education to inequality. America today confronts a host of urgent problems, many of them seemingly intractable, but some we are entirely capable of solving. In Five Easy Theses, James M. Stone presents specific, common-sense solutions to a handful of our most pressing challenges, showing how simple it would be to shore up Social Security, rein in an out-of-control financial sector, reduce inequality, and make healthcare and education better and more affordable. The means are right in front of us, Stone explains, in various policy options that if implemented could preserve or enhance government revenue while also channeling the national economy toward the greater good. Accessible and thought provoking, Five Easy Theses reveals that a more democratic, prosperous America is well within our reach.
The United States of America has led and often dominated the world when it comes to economic, military or technological progress in the course of at least seventy years. However, as other regions are picking up pace, the gap between the U.S. and the other developed nations has been steadily narrowing in the past three decades.
James Stone discusses five pressing public policy issues that emanate from his long experience both working within the government and as a successful businessman. Often the nation’s problems are well understood and solution seem simple and easy to implement but politicians and leaders in power lack political will until the system is near breaking or in full blown crisis.
James Stone is the founder, Chairman and CEO of the Plymouth Rock group of companies. Jim. began his career by teaching economics, after earning a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard. He served as Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner from 1975 to 1979 and then as Chairman and Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for four years. On his return from Washington, he founded Plymouth Rock.
He is a former member of the Board of the Boston Globe, and former Vice Chair of Global Post, an international news service. He is chairman emeritus of Management Sciences for Health, a large humanitarian non-profit. Jim is currently a Board member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and chairman of the School on the Move Panel, which awards an annual prize to the most improved Boston public school. He serves on the Finance Committee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jim’s upcoming book, titled Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America's Greatest Economic Challenges will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and available May 3, 2016.
“An extraordinarily impressive and important book. Stone is smart, balanced, and sensible, three traits that are in desperately short supply in our discourse about the future of the country. His analysis is penetrating, logical, and powerful, without ideological spin. Every policy idea he presents follows from that logic. You don’t have to agree with all of his proposals to realize his book’s value to politicians, policymakers, and citizens everywhere.”
“Jim Stone has seen health care from all sides and cuts through the complexities to what really matters beautifully.”
“Five Easy Theses sets out key issues of public policy easy to identify in concept but long unresolved in practice. Stone proposes sensible approaches to breaking the long-standing political deadlock. The specific measures to deal with budgetary balance, income inequality, public education, healthcare, and financial reform should provide a guide for constructive debate as we choose our next president.”