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This book is a celebration of current social trends and their culmination in 2030. It clearly shows where America is heading. The author claims the main ones include globalism and a culture of sharing. They are opposed to the old trends of nationalism and a culture of owning.
The basis of these changes is technology which changes everything including politics, economics, culture, and personal behavior. We are now in a world where it is believed the problem of production has been solved and the only problem left is distribution. The same thing was said in 1848 with the Communist Manifesto but it is now believed we have really solved the production problem. This has led to the current culture based on self-expression from a culture based on self-reliance and the work ethic.
As the author explains, such basic changes bring about creativity in abandoning old assumptions and ignoring old rules. This can be clearly seen in politics. Even before Trump the idea of "our democracy" was already largely a myth with an unelected Supreme Court acting as a super-legislature. When the voters surprised the establishment by electing Trump the underlying myths of "our democracy" were revealed.
The political establishment tried one coup after another to reverse the election and then managed to subvert the 2020 election by prohibiting nearly every requirement for voter IDs and nearly every signature requirement for mail-in ballots. After the election the courts made sure that no one could inspect any ballot.
Historians now explain how in 27 BC the Roman Republic changed from being a democracy to a dictatorship under the Roman Empire. But most people did not realize this at the time because all of the formalities of the republic were maintained. The same is true today where the formalities of democracy are maintained but the elites showed the public what will happen when it elects the wrong candidate.
All this means we are witnessing the end of America as we knew it which was based on the work ethic, self-reliance, democracy, and nationalism. The new America is based on welfare, sharing, elite rule, and globalism.
The book is fairly easy to read, but it's hardly more than a compilation of anecdotal observations. In many respects, it sort of rambles on from thought to thought. In my view, it never answers "how today's biggest trends will collide and reshape the future of everything", as the title suggests. This is one of those books that strikes me as "seminar fodder", the sort of thing you buy after the presenter has worked his audience.
It’s a well trodden field, to say the least, and there aren’t many authors who do a good job. This one is banal, written in B School English. Skimmed it in a few hours. Prefer Kevin Kelly / Philip Tetlock / Brynjolfsson & McAfee etc. Even Nassim Taleb or Peter Schwarz are more serious than this guy!!