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The Future of Capitalism

Facing the New Anxieties
Auteur(s): Paul Collier
Narrateur(s): Peter Noble
Durée: 9 h et 26 min
Catégories: Affaires, Économie
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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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Smart analysis. Well narrated. Too verbose.

The author shares remarkable insight into the history and mechanisms of capitalism. He also offers some interesting proposals to steer it back onto a course that favours most of the people and not just the upper crust.

Though the author claims to address this book to the average citizen, it may be difficult for a large portion of the target audience to fully grasp due to the highly academic language used.

Worth a listen. Keep your dictionary close.

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  • Timothy R. Keen
  • 2019-11-10

Major disappointment

This book was fraudulent in purporting to talk about capitalism. It was about social problems in Great Britain.

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  • Tom
  • 2019-07-27

A Challenging Read, Worth The Effort

Paul Collier attempts to define the "Golden Mean" in Politics and Economics, while writing a prescription for walking us all back from the brink of destructive polarization. Truly a worthwhile and grand goal. In my view, he partially succeeds, but is only likely to reach the people who are already thoughtful and open minded about these sorts of things.

He claims that the goal of the book is not to change politicians minds, but to reach out and change the perspectives of everyday voters. I have a higher than average tolerance for academic lectures and "wonky" dialog and found it tough sledding. Seems likely the average consumer would lose patience before finishing the first chapter.

Paul describes a "well informed electorate" as one of the most important of public goods, and also one that is extremely hard to produce. A primary goal of the book is to help with this particular challenge.

To have a better chance of "reaching the masses" with these concepts, a short form summary with less economic and political jargon, that can be consumed by the average YouTube viewer in about 15 minutes would seem more likely to succeed. John Green, you up for this?

If you are the sort of person who likes thinking about potentially better ways forward, and analysis of "how the heck did we get ourselves into this mess" based on political and economic theory, this book is a must read.

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  • steve
  • 2019-03-08

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
  • 2019-01-17

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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  • Eugene Duran
  • 2019-09-15

Reactionary

Entitled so-called pragmatist aligns himself with academics without data or facts. The author calls upon the people to be educated without being educational.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-13

Definitely an important book

don't agree with all the policies.
the book could have been dumbed down a bit

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-12

too big picture for me without any implementation

I kept expecting plan details to go under some of the sweeping ideas, and toward the end he says there is more work to be done on his proposals. no kidding. why listen through all of those broad observations and sweeping generalizations.

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  • fah
  • 2019-12-09

good thoughts, but iterative

Some good considerations, but sometimes lengthy and redundant. A condensation of the content would be desirable.

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  • Suhas
  • 2019-08-28

Perfect

This is seriously crystalized, evidence based, and falsifiable knowledge from an economist who's really clued-in to present day world, wants everyone to prosper, with fair policies.

Must read book for every person who makes decisions.

A central theme is "reciprocal obligations" aka Dharma, which also might entice people to read the book. And they must - this will probably be the first book I buy and gift to people. Probably going to buy a few dozen copies and just hand them out.

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  • C. E. Fisher
  • 2019-02-28

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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