A Brief History of the Future: A Brave and Controversial Look at the Twenty-first Century

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Jul 1, 2011 - History - 291 pages
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What will planet Earth be like in twenty years? At mid-century? In the year 2100? Prescient and convincing, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future. Never has the world offered more promise for the future and been more fraught with dangers. Attali anticipates an unraveling of American hegemony as transnational corporations sever the ties linking free enterprise to democracy. World tensions will be primed for horrific warfare for resources and dominance. The ultimate question is: Will we leave our children and grandchildren a world that is not only viable but better, or in this nuclear world bequeath to them a planet that will be a living hell? Either way, he warns, the time to act is now.
  

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Contents

Foreword
1 A Very Long History
Nomadism Cannibalism Sexuality
Ritualization Sedentarization
The Age of Empires
+2 A Brief History of Capitalism
The New and the Beautiful
Fairs Cities and Nations
Masterword for the Times Ahead
The Deconstruction of NationStates
The Absolute Marketing of Time
Nomadic Businesses
Masters of SuperEmpire
From Sports to Live Show
Victims of SuperEmpire
The Governance of SuperEmpire

From One Core to Another
The Beginnings of the Mercantile Order
The Conquest of the East
The Triumph of the Printing Press
The Art of Speculation
The Knack of the Flyboat
The Power of Steam
The Heyday of the Machine
The Triumph of Electricity
Californian Nomadism
The Beginning of the End
3The End of the American Empire
The Beautiful Future of the Ninth Form
The Marketing of Time
Nomadic Ubiquity
The Aging of the World
Tomorrow the Cities
Irretrievable Scarcities
Stagnating Technology
The Only True Scarcity
The Fate of the Ninth Form
Is a Tenth Mercantile Form Possible?
Planetary Empire
A Polycentric World
From Hypersurveillance to SelfSurveillance
In the Name of Freedom the End of Freedom
Planetary War
Regional Ambitions
Pirate Armies Corsair Armies
The Anger of the Secular
The Anger of Believers
The Weapons of Hyperconflict
Arming Forging Alliances
Negotiating Assisting
Deterring Aggressive Regimes
Preventive Action
Petroleum and Water
From the Middle East to Africa
Wars of Influence
Wars Between Pirates and Sedentaries
Hyperconflict
Planetary Democracy
Democratic Shock
Transhumans and Relational Enterprises
The Institutions of Hyperdemocracy
The Markets Place in Hyperdemocracy
The Common Good and Universal Intelligence
The Hijacking of Hyperdemocracy
Index
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Jacques Attali is an economist, historian, cultural critic, and corporate strategist. A French presidential adviser for finance and economics for many years, he cofounded and served as the first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He lives in Paris, France.

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