Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy
We used to make things in this country. We were the dazzling innovators, the undisputed world economic leaders, and with our manufacturing engine driving the process, we built a solid, high-achieving middle class and a thriving economy. Now, thanks to policies that are either indifferent to manufacturing or, in fact downright hostile, we're at the brink of losing it all. If you think this won't affect you, guess again.
In Make It in America: The Case for Reinventing the Economy, author Andrew Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Dow Chemical Company, presents a powerful case for how critically important domestic manufacturing is to the long-term health of the entire U.S. economy, and he issues a candid wake-up call to America to re-invent its manufacturing base before it's too late.
Manufacturing employs nearly 13 million people in the U.S. and six million in related fields. In fact, no other sector performs more R&D, drives more innovation, exports as much or contributes more to the nation's economy than the manufacturing sector. Yet since 1990, the U.S. has lost three million manufacturing jobs – almost 20 percent. With these jobs went American leadership in many sectors, new research and development and too often, whole communities.
Make It in America advocates how these issues can – and must – be addressed, and presents a clear path forward on public policy issues including:
- New Infrastructure
- Cutting edge R&D
- Education that leads the world
- A pro-trade policy that creates a level playing field with limited tariffs and barriers to entry
- An alternative energy strategy that will secure the abundant energy that industry needs to remain competitive
- Regulatory reform
- Tax policies that support manufacturing – not mitigate against it
- Reform in civil justice needed to support advanced manufacturing and end lawsuit abuse
"America is at a turning point–a strategic inflection point. Change is coming. The choice is whether to drive those changes in the right direction, or to allow forces beyond our control to determine our future. I see no reason to accept the latter as our fate. Our challenges have solutions. And America is still in a strong position to implement them. We still lead the world in science and technological development. Our workers are still 10 times more productive than those in China, the world’s second-largest economy. We have incredible advantages, ones we can leverage to our benefit."
– Make It In America
"The Perspective of a chief executive who is really making vital decisions about the location of manufacturing plants and research centres is well worth hearing...full of stimulation ideas, and remarkably well-written for a book by a chief executive."
– Financial Times
"Andrew Liveris has produced a well-written and timely book that deserves wide circulation. Everyone concerned with America’s economic difficulties should read it."
– The Washington Examiner
"Perhaps because Liveris is Australian by birth, his economic patriotism...The fact that he is chief executive of Dow Chemical gives the book added authority. What is most noteworthy about the book, however, is his unsparing critique of the business community for its blind faith in markets and globalization, and its stubborn refusal to accept a government role in managing the economy."
– Washington Post
All proceeds from the sale of Make It in America will benefit The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, which serves Dow's philanthropic needs by providing charitable gifts to eligible non-profit organizations that contribute to community success, support sustainability, foster science in society and stimulate innovation.