Imagine: America First in 2018

How did 2017 work out for you? Well, let’s look forward to 2018 — and imagine what could be. The optimist in me is gung-ho on what’s transpiring in the world economy — and nearer at home.

How did 2017 work out for you? Well, let’s look forward to 2018 — and imagine what could be.

The optimist in me is gung-ho on what’s transpiring in the world economy — and nearer at home:

Sustainability is alive and well, no matter what country is in or out of the Paris Climate Accord. The private sector is already on it — and the world’s first trillionaire just may invent a better battery.

America First:  It would be nice if such ingenuity originated with an American enterprise, but that’s not required. Equity markets reward the future, not the past.

City economies — rather than national economies — move global business. New York City is alive and well, with 10 million anticipated residents by 2030. Queens and Brooklyn waterfronts are looking more like Manhattan — towers gleaming. With another 1.5 million residents (and immigrants) on their way, we’re going to need plenty more, perhaps in a more affordable price range.

America First: Americans re-learn how to move to where the jobs are, if host cities — and Amazon — can accommodate.

We vow not to lose this #MeToo moment and opportunity. Gender, race, sexuality, age, origin — we shed white male privilege — gladly — and replace it with a true meritocracy, based on individual achievement that is borderless (kinda like love). When knowledge is shared, power is redistributed.

America First: Now, that’s an American value and ideal we can live, work and pursue happiness with.

Advertising is more data-driven, more relevant and, thus, more trustworthy. Europe may use data to spark a trade war — but who really can hold back from consumer demands for ad-financed content, services and Internet? The ad supply chain does indeed exit the “fake anything” business.

America First: The world’s digital ecosystem was fostered by research and development — much of it U.S. funded, much of it by monetizing data, read Silicon Valley. We stop ill-driven interlopers in their crypto-tracks.

An informed consumer grows the market. An informed electorate leads to good governance. A more perfect information society solves problems and fosters opportunities — and ends the terror of despots and psychopaths whose narcissism feeds each other.

America First: We reject the real enemies — far, near and at home — who undermine journalism, science, democracy and intelligence, where America traditionally has led. We understand that to be a city on a hill, a beacon for the world, we must rein in all haters and charlatans.

As for the realist in me … well, I’m going to put that mindset on the back burner for a bit. Here’s to a happy, prosperous and enlightened New Year for everyone!