Creating a Great Economy: Lincoln’s Surprising Relevance Today


It is not just a prediction, but front page headlines and our new reality –  the US middle class is shrinking and now makes up only 50% of our people. Our roads, bridges, railroads, ports and other infrastructure get a D+ rating by civil engineers. Income inequality is on the rise and a hot political issue. Creating broad-based prosperity, economic fairness, and opportunity can no longer be ignored.

President Lincoln will be forever enshrined in the national consciousness for his moral courage in abolishing slavery. But economist and author Norton Garfinkle explained how this great president also has strong lessons for us today on how a great nation is built upon an economy based on shared progress.

Garfinkle talked about Lincoln’s life and achievements anew through this important and refreshing lens – and show how Lincoln’s approach on the economy, from railroads, bridges, to commerce, are more relevant than ever in the times we live in today.


Norton Garfinkle is an economist, businessman and public servant. He is chairman of Princeton Scientific Capital Management, a financial investment company. He is also chairman of Princeton SciTech, an investment company that specializes in building new internet based technology companies.

Garfinkle is Chairman of the Future of American Democracy Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation in partnership with Yale University Press and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, dedicated to research and education aimed at renewing and sustaining the historic vision of American democracy. He is also a board member and chairman of the Finance Committee of the Public Agenda, a non-partisan, non-profit, public opinion research organization founded by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Social Scientist, Daniel Yankelovich, America’s leading expert on public opinion.


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