The problem for the United States is that we’ve become inflexible in our identity and methods. We’ve lost our pragmatism. We do not need to copy systems in other countries, but we need to be open to changing policies based on what works instead of funneling money and resources into entrenched paradigms which are clearly suboptimal or broken. Open-mindedness and a willingness to admit we don’t know what’s best and thus need experimentation to determine what would work better can only help us improve as a collective entity. Our thinking about what is possible is too limited by previous thinking and its innate restrictions and lacunas which have become dogmatic.