Triumph of the Flexible Society: The Connectivity Revolution and Resistance to Change

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Hinds takes offers a fresh perspective on the social, political, and economic disturbances now affecting our world. This book looks at those disturbances not as separate problems, but rather as the coherent symptoms of a deep technological revolution that is changing the shape of society on the scale of the Industrial Revolution: the Connectivity Revolution, the basis of the New Economy. Analyzing the resistance to change that erupted violently in response to that last major economic upheaval, Hinds shows how ...

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Overview

Hinds takes offers a fresh perspective on the social, political, and economic disturbances now affecting our world. This book looks at those disturbances not as separate problems, but rather as the coherent symptoms of a deep technological revolution that is changing the shape of society on the scale of the Industrial Revolution: the Connectivity Revolution, the basis of the New Economy. Analyzing the resistance to change that erupted violently in response to that last major economic upheaval, Hinds shows how Communism, Nazism, and fundamentalism owe their triumphs not to the prevalence of poverty or oppression but to the rigidity of societies threatened by profound social changes prompted by rapid technological progress. Demonstrating that their rigidity was caused by the same kind of state intervention in the economy that is now being proposed to stop globalization, he argues persuasively that only a horizontal, flexible society can smoothly manage change in such a way that the pain of transformation—and therefore, the risk of giving birth to new varieties of destructive regimes—is minimized.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981280
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

MANUEL HINDS is a consultant to private and public institutions, including the World Bank, the Inter-American Bank of Development, and the International Monetary Fund.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Resistance to Change, Stagnation, and Destructiveness 1
1 The New Economy 3
2 The Economic Disruptions 25
3 Riches and Stagnation 39
4 Cold-Blooded Destructiveness 57
5 The Resurgence of Fundamentalism 79
6 The Inversion of Reality 103
7 Divisiveness and Social Interest 115
II The Road Ahead 129
8 The Challenge 131
9 The False Solutions 135
10 Politics and the New Internation Order 151
11 The Problem of Social Cohesion 165
12 Forever Flowing 179
Bibliography 183
Index 193
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