Monday, August 25, 2008

Looking from the outside in...seven months and a trip later

Last January, Henrik Müller posted an article called "Amerika steht mit dem Rücken zur Wand" ("America stands with its back to the wall"). Now he's made a trip through the USA and written again in "Amerikas schwärzeste Stunde" ("America's Blackest Hour").

If you read German, check out the article, and let me know what you think. If you don't, here's the short version:

  • The USA faces as serious a challenge as we've faced in years, perhaps as serious as the Great Depression.
  • The difference between this challenge and many of the others since the Depression is that individual people are now impacted in real ways.
  • While we have some number (he doesn't really guess how many) of tough years ahead of us, we have a way in our culture of getting through tough times successfully. He thinks our situation parallels that in Germany from 1993 through 2005, but he thinks we'll be more successful in breaking out.

If you do read German, feel free to add key points you think I missed. You can also read his comments in Google's translation.

What do you think? Maybe more importantly, where do you think we should be headed? What should business look like? How about the economy? How about society? How should we get there? Perhaps a return to 2006 isn't what we want or need for 2010. Feel free to add your ideas below.

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