The Glass Half-Empty

ISBN: 9781912248803 Categorii: Diverse, Diverse. An apariție: 2020 Autor: Rodrigo Aguilera Editură: Repeater Tip copertă: Paperback Număr pagini: 300 Stoc: La comandă

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''A highly original, concise and readable polemic that acts as a perfect foil to the confected positivity of the 'New Optimists', while reminding us that a better world is, in fact, possible.'' - Grace Blakeley

Despite the doom and gloom of financial crises, global terrorism, climate collapse, and the rise of the far-right, a number of leading intellectuals (Steven Pinker, Hans Rosling, Johan Norberg, and Matt Ridley, among others) have been arguing in recent years that the world is getting better and better.

But this ''progress narrative'' is little more than a very conservative defence of the capitalist status quo.

At a time when liberal democracy appears incapable of stemming the tide of the far-right populism, and when laissez-faire capitalism is ill-equipped to deal with socio-economic problems like climate change, inequality, and the future of wok, the real advocates of progress are those willing to challenge these established paradigms.

The Glass Half-Empty argues that, without criticising the systems of capitalism, the changes needed to make a better world will always fall short of our expectations. The ''progress narrative" needs to be challenged before we stumble into a potentially catastrophic future, despite having the means to build a truly better world.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Rodrigo Aguilera
Data Publicarii
2020
Editura
Repeater
Inaltime
19.7
Latime
13
Tip Coperta
Paperback
Nr Pag
300
Subtitlu
Debunking the Myth of Progress in the Twenty-First Century
Bic
HPS
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