A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright

By Ronald Wright

At any time when background repeats itself, the associated fee is going up. the 20 th century—a time of remarkable progress—has produced a major pressure at the very parts that include existence itself: This increases the foremost query of the twenty-first century: How for much longer can this pass on? With wit and erudition, Ronald Wright lays out a-convincing case that heritage has continually supplied a solution, even if we care to note or no longer. From Neanderthal guy to the Sumerians to the Roman Empire, a brief heritage of growth dissects the cyclical nature of humanity's improvement and death, the 10,000-year previous scan that we've unleashed yet have not begun to regulate. it truly is Wright's competition that in simple terms through figuring out and eventually breaking from the styles of development and catastrophe that humanity has repeated world wide because the Stone Age do we stay away from the onset of a brand new darkish Age. Wright illustrates how quite a few cultures all through historical past have actually synthetic their very own finish by means of generating an overabundance of innovation and stripping naked the very parts that allowed them to at first develop. Wright's publication is really good; a desirable rumination at the hubris on the middle of human improvement and the pitfalls we nonetheless could have time to prevent.

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Their occupation of America’s bastion of elitism caused a media stir and sparked many would-be occupiers to action. At critical moments throughout history, university students have catalyzed massive protests, called their professors and political leaders on their lies and thrust their nations in brave new directions. It happened in the 1960s on hundreds of campuses around the world, and more recently in South Korea, China, Indonesia, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Quebec and Argentina. indd 10 12-10-19 5:29 PM y Now in the wake of the 2008 financial debacle with climate tipping points looming prophetically on the horizon, we have reached another one of those critical moments when students are called upon to trigger an overhaul of the political ideology and theoretical framework that has ruled the world since World War II.

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Huge ethical dilemmas face every continent and some academics in the fields of climate science and futurism are whispering hints of an apocalypse. Back home on an Australian mountain range, I can see the distant city of Sydney right on the horizon, the size of a toy town. Dark thoughts. What hope is there? And then a sense of relief… Hey – the next generation… let them worry about this. Time for me to slow down and learn how to compost and shut up with the ranting. Let the young ones knock sense into the corporate elite, the bankers, the masters of war and the planet fuckers.

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