I enjoyed the summary overview of the development of the western economy, mainly from the Industrial Revolution through the internet age. But when he made a sharp swerve to the left, I realized I'd been had, and the whole broadbrush historical overview was just setting me up for a litany of liberal social programs that will make everything OK. (Sorry, I hope that doesn't spoil the ending for anyone).
If you are a liberal, you will find all the great ideas that will take away the misery of the poor by taking money away from the evil rich, passing it through the highly efficient hands of government, and making everyone better off, with more time to spend with their families, no need to work very hard or very much, and no risk that anything bad will happen to you.
If you're a conservative, you'll find an articulate rendering of some variations on age-old egalitarian, social experimentation proposals. Even if you don't agree with it, it's well written, and easy to listen to. We should all give fair consideration of viewpoints we don't agree with -- there's too little of that in our country today.
I don't agree with the title of the book. Reich's outlook is quite pessimistic from every perspective. We're on the road to unhappiness and social ruin if we follow the current path, according to him. His solution, however, is to reduce risk through redistribution of wealth, which history has shown tends to bring everyone down toward mediocrity, rather than incent success. There have got to be better solutions than he proposes; otherwise, the future of success is failure.
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