Revolutionary Wealth

Revolutionary Wealth

Shaping Tomorrow's Way of Life

Book - 2006
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"Starting with the publication of their seminal bestseller, Future Shock, Alvin and Heidi Toffler have given millions of readers new ways to think about personal life in today?s high-speed world with its constantly changing, seemingly random impacts on our businesses, governments, families and daily lives. Now, writing with the same rare grasp and clarity that made their earlier books classics, the Tofflers turn their attention to the revolution in wealth now sweeping the planet. And once again, they provide a penetrating, coherent way to make sense of the seemingly senseless." -- from the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006.
ISBN: 9780375401749
0375401741
Branch Call Number: 339 Tof
Characteristics: 492 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Toffler, Heidi 1929-

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bell5133
Jan 19, 2019

The whole book in summary: Things are rapidly changing, and all change is good. It's an exciting time to be alive. The future is going to be better and more impressive than anything we've ever seen.

The book did a good job assembling its facts but does a poor job remaining objective. It is very clear in its opinion that people who choose to farm for a living are "backward."

This book seems the complete opposite of the book I read right before it (Too Much Magic). This book is very optimistic about the future and praises all the scientific advancements of today and tomorrow. I found the optimism to be depressing because I don't think all this new technology is a good thing. Why are scientists wasting their time, energy, and money on things like exploring the inner workings of a grain of rice when there are much more important problems to solve in our society that don't require expensive technology? We have poverty, shootings, wars, corruption, poor education, drugs, teen pregnancy, pollution, an increasingly chronically sick population, extreme income inequality, fossil fuels running out, a Texas-sized garbage patch in the middle of the ocean, epidemics of obesity, autism, diabetes, etc. Instead of inventing fancy new unnecessary junk, we should be trying to solve the problems of our world that should be even easier to solve.

The book also acts like the wonderful "third wave" of wealth (service economy, developed countries, computerized) is the fate of every country as each country continues to develop and become more westernized. Farming was the first wave, and industrialism was the second wave. But the "developed countries" cannot survive without some other country farming their food and manufacturing their products. In order to keep our selfish third wave way of life, other countries have to remain undeveloped (and poor) to feed our endless consumerism.

Example of this biased optimism about the future: A family eating together used to be the norm. That was so rigid and prisonlike. Nowadays "schedules are so individualized." Cleveland, Ohio used to be a great center for industry. Now it's a pile of urban blight. But let's get excited about all the manufacturing happening in China! Let's not think about the probable possibility that it could meet the same fate as Cleveland! China used to be filled with "extreme peasant misery"! Now it's so much better! Now it's filled with factory worker misery!

At least the peasants could eat what they grew. Whether on a farm or in a factory, they're still poor. Factory work is worse because you don't own the fruit of your labor. You're working for someone else on someone else's terms, and you don't even get to keep what you make. Factory work may pay more, but that doesn't make it better.

China is guilty of many humans rights abuses, and still we trade with them. Why? FOR CHEAP LABOR AND EASY PROFIT!

The book criticizes people who glorify pre-industrial villages--"conveniently forgetting the lack of privacy, the sexism, and the narrow-minded local tyrants and bigots so often found in real villages." Modern American society is STILL filled with sexism, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness! Many say our president is a tyrant. And is privacy really so much better here? There are cameras everywhere, and the Internet makes people's private lives public for the whole world to see! How about leaving distant villages alone and let them manage their own affairs? The only reason developed nations like ours want to "globalize" is to exploit more cheap labor and natural resources from their land. It is NEVER about improving their lives.

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2909villager
Jun 13, 2006

This is an absolutely must read for everyone interested in the future direction of this country. Don't let the index distract, just read the book cover to cover.

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