The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 26, 1999 - Business & Economics - 448 pages
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Two renowned investment advisors and authors of the bestseller The Great Reckoning bring to light both currents of disaster and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The Sovereign Individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of Western civilization.
Few observers of the late twentieth century have their fingers so presciently on the pulse of the global political and economic realignment ushering in the new millennium as do James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg. Their bold prediction of disaster on Wall Street in Blood in the Streets was borne out by Black Tuesday. In their ensuing bestsellar, The Great Reckoning, published just weeks before the coup attempt against Gorbachev, they analyzed the pending collapse of the Soviet Union and foretold the civil war in Yugoslavia and other events that have proved to be among the most searing developments of the past few years.
In The Sovereign Individual, Davidson and Rees-Mogg explore the greatest economic and political transition in centuries -- the shift from an industrial to an information-based society. This transition, which they have termed "the fourth stage of human society," will liberate individuals as never before, irrevocably altering the power of government. This outstanding book will replace false hopes and fictions with new understanding and clarified values.
 

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Fascinating and thought provoking.

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This book has a very unique way of analyzing and speculating about the macro trends of society. The authors take you through the impact of technology on the organization of civilization and government ... Read full review

THE SOVEREIGN INDIVIDUAL: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State

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In this combination of sweeping metahistory and myopic self- interest some statements are penetrating, others appalling, and all are astonishing. Davidson and Rees-Mogg (The Great Reckoning, 1991, etc ... Read full review

Contents

Megapolitical Transformations in Historic Perspective
53
The Agricultural Revolution and
74
Parallels Between
95
Democracy
127
The Emergence of the Cybereconomy
196
The Revolution
225
Nationalism Reaction and the New Luddites
258
The Twilight of Democracy
327
Morality and Crime in the Natural Economy
358
Afterword
395
Resources for Achieving Independence
401
Index
423
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James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg edit Strategic Investment, one of the world's more widely circulated private investment letters. Davidson is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, with investments in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and New Zealand, as well as high-tech projects in North America. Rees-Mogg was formerly editor of The Times of London and vice chairman of the BBC. He is a director of the Private Bank of London. Together they authored Blood in the Streets: Investment Profits in a World Gone Mad and The Great Reckoning.

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