Dear American president, in the next four years please...
Improve relations between the Democrats and Republicans so the U.S. government can work, and please engage more and better with allies and enemies abroad. -Farahnaz Ispahani • Propose a grand bargain on reforming politics, which will reduce gridlock, the role of money, and the power of hyper-partisans. -Jonathan Haidt • Use your resourcefulness and toughness to force the Republican Party back to sanity and problem-solving. -Thomas Mann • Make decisions. -Sebastian Thrun •
Fix the economy. -Melinda Gates • Build a new American economy. -Anne-Marie Slaughter • Create the conditions for sustained economic growth. -Eliot Cohen • Copy Bill Clinton's economics. -Abraham Karem • Improve infrastructure. -John Coates • Focus on infrastructure renewal. -Robert D. Kaplan • Rebuild the social safety net and address increasing inequality. -danah boyd • Fix our education system. -Daphne Koller • Implement the health care program. -Martha Nussbaum • Enforce universal healthcare. -Slavoj Zizek • Deal with entitlements and taxes. -Robert Kagan • Fundamentally reform entitlements. -Charles Murray • Cut entitlements. -Luigi Zingales • Raise taxes on rich people. -James Robinson • Fix the disastrous campaign finance system. -Norman Ornstein • Cut the deficit and the corporate tax ratio. -Ruchir Sharma • Get rid of secret laws. -Roger Dingledine • Bring back Battlestar Galactica. Failing that, please use novel Internet strategies to catalyze the public's enormous latent goodwill and desire to help out on a range of problems. -Jonathan Zittrain • Embrace open data and participatory innovation. -Beth Noveck • Respect America's constitutional guarantees, and trust the public to use them wisely. -Nick Mathewson • Change the American software/design patent system. It is wrong, and it is really bad for innovation in the U.S. -Eugene Kaspersky • Respect civil rights and consider serious tax reform. -Daron Acemoglu • Reform immigration and invest in preparing the workforce for the amazing advances that are happening in technology. -Vivek Wadhwa • Fight addiction and drug abuse. -Adela Navarro Bello • Wind down the drone war. Jameel Jaffer •
Release illegal detainees and shut down Guantanamo Bay and all other illegal detention centers, discontinue the practice of illegally sending drones into other nations, change the international trade agreements that enable American companies to profit at the cost of other people. - Sana Saleem • Be a global leader. -Kiyoshi Kurokawa • Exercise global leadership and do not let the world continue to drift. -Husain Haqqani • Address global warming. -Emmanuel Saez • Recognize the extraordinary transformational potential in the shale gas and oil revolution of the United States and formulate policies to accelerate a lower carbon, higher employment, bigger industrial expansion for America. -Ed Morse • Help us start tackling climate change smartly and effectively. -Bjorn Lomborg • Do everything to make your country an example for the world of a responsible environmental activist, a nature-loving society. -Yevgenia Chirikova • Adopt a more objective and less politicized energy policy. -Richard A. Muller • Make science-based decisions. -Andrew Ng • Provide leadership for the western alliance. -Hew Strachan • Look at Europe as your best ally and the most trusted friend. -Radek Sikorski • Support Arab democracy. -Moncef Marzouki • Let us work for democracy in the Middle East. -Mohammed al Qahtani • Emphasize human rights in authoritarian countries and economic stability of the world. -Yu Jianrong • Think about developing countries. -Shai Reshef • Give more attention to ethics in American foreign policy. -Rima Dali • Promote peace and freedom. -Nabeel Rajab • Don't start any wars. -Li Kai Fu, Scott Sumner • Stop your policies of double standards toward human rights violations. -Maryam al-Khawaja • Stand firm for humanity and human rights. -Ai Weiwei • Be courageous. -Tariq Ramadan • Be less U.S.-centric. -Thomas Piketty