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One billion Americans: The case for thinking bigger

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What would actually make America great? More people, argues Vox Co-Founder Matthew Yglesias in his new book, “One Billion Americans.” Through the last few years of intensifying national issues, Yglesias started to wonder: Wouldn’t it be great for America if we could blow up the political stalemates and talk about what’s really happening to our place on the world stage? To take decline seriously, and think bigger? The winner in the future world is going to have more — more ideas, more ambition, more utilization of resources, more people.

On October 9, Yglesias was joined by Richard Reeves, senior fellow and director of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings, to discuss his new book. They talked about economic theory and research from leading policy experts to offer ideas from around the globe — from family planning policy to immigration reform — to demonstrate why more people could help move America forward.

Viewers submitted questions via email to events@brookings.edu or via Twitter using #OneBillionAmericans.

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