Is innovation enough? Is cultivating America’s inventive genius the way we can restore our economic leadership?
The outpouring of grief over the death of Steve Jobs has raised the presumably redemptive power of innovation to understandable, if unsustainable, heights among many within the commentariat (and many outside it). But innovation alone won’t reverse our economic decline. Indeed, without U.S. manufacturing, we’re likely to lose U.S. innovation too.