- A Guide to Our Future
- Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
- Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-09-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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At the heart of this change is information technology, a revolution that is driven by capitalism but, with its tendency to push the value of much of what we make toward zero, has the potential to destroy an economy based on markets, wages, and private ownership. Almost unnoticed in the niches and hollows of the market system, swaths of economic life are beginning to move to a different rhythm. Vast numbers of people are changing how they behave and live, in ways contrary to the current system of state-backed corporate capitalism. And as the terrain changes, new paths open.
In this bold and prophetic book, Mason shows how, from the ashes of the crisis, we have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable economy. Although the dangers ahead are profound, he argues that there is cause for hope. This is the first time in human history in which, equipped with an understanding of what is happening around us, we can predict and shape the future.
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By "ge-ko" on 06-19-16
some good ideas...
there's a decent overview over economic history from a (mostly) Marxian perspective, while also bringing in some other heterodox economic thoughts. In large parts, however, it's mostly the common (correct, but not very new or fruitful) bashing of neoliberalism.
There are some good impulses of thought about potential drivers towards a new economic system, but everything remains very blurry there, and there's no strong reason why this "postcapitalism" might not simply be a new variety of capitalism.
Stressing the transformative importance of networks and infotech is certainly valid, how things might fall into place or what might or can result from this is less clear.
The very determinant voice of the narrator also is not too helpful for deeper clarification - while it's good in order to persuade someone,, the approach should be about presenting causal linkages and clear-cut arguments.
It is an inspiring listen, though; and the point about a middle ground between revolutionary overhaul and adjustment visa bits and pieces can't be repeated often enough.
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By James P Kittridge on 02-20-16
interesting until the end
very interesting perspective. really liked it until the lay chapter. his analysis is spot on, however his recommendations are too biased towards the green movement. he also seems to discount how far tech will take us to address the problem of global warming. lastly, his trust in government for solutions seems to me a bit overdone, almost as if they are made up of benevolent kings. all that said I do recommend reading this book for all is flaws, it nails the problems we are beginning to face as a society.
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