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The Future of Capitalism

Facing the New Anxieties
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From world-renowned economist Paul Collier, a candid diagnosis of the failures of capitalism and a pragmatic and realistic vision for how we can repair it.

Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of the US and other Western societies: thriving cities versus rural counties, the highly skilled elite versus the less educated, wealthy versus developing countries. As these divides deepen, we have lost the sense of ethical obligation to others that was crucial to the rise of post-war social democracy. So far, these rifts have been answered only by the revivalist ideologies of populism and socialism, leading to the seismic upheavals of Trump, Brexit, and the return of the far right in Germany. We have heard many critiques of capitalism, but no one has laid out a realistic way to fix it, until now.

In a passionate and polemical audiobook, celebrated economist Paul Collier outlines brilliantly original and ethical ways of healing these rifts - economic, social, and cultural - with the cool head of pragmatism rather than the fervor of ideological revivalism. He reveals how he has personally lived across these three divides, moving from working-class Sheffield to hypercompetitive Oxford and working between Britain and Africa, and acknowledges some of the failings of his profession.

Drawing on his own solutions as well as ideas from some of the world’s most distinguished social scientists, he shows us how to save capitalism from itself - and free ourselves from the intellectual baggage of the 20th century.

©2018 Paul Collier (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • steve
  • 08/03/2019

Stream of consciousness

The author is obviously quite knowledgeable and astute. However, his "stream of consciousness" writing style was disorganized and failed to lucidly convey his points, which came across in an oblique way. Moreover, too much time was repeatedly taken with prefatory remarks about what the author intended to present in later chapters.

Finally, at least for my taste, the author's constant use of almost every possible "ism" word throughout the book presents more of a philosophical statement/argument than a concrete, explicit discussion of what is occurring in the world today and possible remedies available.

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  • E. A Dunn
  • 17/01/2019

The Future of National Socialism

Although it was a gift, I was truly interested in this book. As the first chapter points out exhaustively, the author's bona fides are respectable and he does make some excellent points about the challenges many economies face. Unfortunately, every solution offered is, essentially, "the state can fix it, let's just tax this thing". The fact that he thinks silicon valley CEOs are libertarians because "bitcoin" should have been the first clue, really.
Most of the "failings" he attempts to pin on capitalism are really the failings of previous manipulations and perversions of capitalism. He repeatedly accuses property owners (literal landlords who rent property tenants) of being unworthy of their capital gains ("they might as well have been sitting on the beach") while simultaneously suggesting pensioners should benefit from gains in the market while simultaneously being insulated from market risk (while literally sitting on a beach). He seems to have missed that those nigh onto retirement should generally move to less volatile investments well before retirement. Moreover, if the state should get most of the gains from agglomeration (despite not taking the risks or investing in the property improvements)... can't the state just purchase the property and invest in the first place? Of course not, then the state assumes the risk... we wouldn't want that.
The author then wraps all this together with a strong urge towards patriotic nationalism, because economies need ties that bind and the only logical tie left to us is geographic locations (nations)... and then in the same chapter describes how ISIS has been able to build a shared identity for disaffected youth via the internet.
If this setup sounds familiar (mandated socialism led by a nationalistic state), well kudos to you. Of course, it will be different this time, he promises.

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  • C. E. Fisher
  • 28/02/2019

Stunning and important

A must-read for all who wish to understand how America, Britain and Europe have arrived where we are today economically, socially and politically- abd how to move to a more equal, sopportive and positive state for the future. A must read for anyone in public office or running for public office- especially for President!

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  • Nicole Maki
  • 20/02/2019

A road map for a revival of the ethical basis of the hard center

This book’s scope is breathtaking. It covers from a detailed history of the last 50-100 years of American politics, to global international relations, to policies for individual families. Paul Collier’s prestige shows as almost every example comes from a close colleague or his own work over the last few decades and this lends additional credibility if you’re already a fan from his other books.

As for the actual contents, I have a hunch (which was explicitly called out by the author in several spots) that the detailed, local policy provisions are wrong or grossly oversimplified. But that’s not the purpose of this 10 hour / 200 page book. It’s purpose is to map out the ethical basis of a new model of critique and then vigorously sanity test the model against as many aspects of policy as possible. As a result of its pragmatic outlook, the author veers between trumpian, socialist, libertarian, and neoliberal critiques in order to form a complete view of the entire problem areas in modern capitalism. Every reader, myself included, will find objectionable and validating ideas and that is one of the great strengths of this book. It offers a new path that is sufficiently general to allow self expression in how it’s applied while still being reducible to detailed policy.

I recommend this in the strongest terms possible to anyone who is looking for a way out of the desperate extremism of modern politics.