The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People - and the Fight for Our Future

The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People - and the Fight for Our Future

by Alec Ross


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In the face of unprecedented global change, New York Times bestselling author Alec Ross proposes a new social contract to restore the balance of power between government, citizens, and business in The Raging 2020s.

For 150 years, there has been a contract. Companies hold the power to shape our daily lives. The state holds the power to make them fall in line. And the people hold the power to choose their leaders. But now, this balance has shaken loose.

As the market consolidates, the lines between big business and the halls of Congress have become razor-thin. Private companies have become as powerful as countries. As Walter Isaacson said about Alec Ross’s first book, The Industries of the Future, “The future is already hitting us, and Ross shows how it can be exciting rather than frightening.”

Through interviews with the world’s most influential thinkers and stories of corporate activism and malfeasance, government failure and renewal, and innovative economic and political models, Ross proposes a new social contract—one that resets the equilibrium between corporations, the governing, and the governed.

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ISBN-13: 9781250770929
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 190,073
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alec Ross is one of the world’s leading experts on innovation. Author of New York Times-bestselling The Industries of the Future, he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at The University of Bologna Business School and a Board Partner at Amplo, a global venture capital firm. He was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs. During the Obama Administration, he served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, to help modernize the practice of diplomacy and advance America’s foreign policy interests. He also served as the Convener for the Technology & Media Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Shareholder and Stakeholder Capitalism 13

2 The Government: Billions of People Are Governed More by Companies than by Countries 60

3 The Workers 90

4 Taxes and the Wormhole in the Global Economy 135

5 Foreign Policy: Does Every Company Need Its Own State Department, Pentagon, and CIA? 190

6 The Geography of Change: The Contest for Power between Closed and Open Systems 223

Conclusion 250

Notes 257

Acknowledgments 308

Index 311

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