I took down a book from my bookshelf, where it had been gathering dust – Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption. I must have I read this carefully, since I used my marker pen copiously throughout it.
I am now convinced that the author, Mark C. Taylor, avoided the main problem of our time – our self-destructiveness.
He hints at it by talking about a new model for the information economy (on page xvi) – but since he knows nothing about this economy – he is not much help.
I do know a little about it – and I am here to tell you it is part of something much bigger – something that looks to me like the final collapse of Globalization. As we move from Hardware to Software.
We are still going to need the hard stuff – food, for example – but controlling who gets it – will be done by a new process: Software Development – which is, by its very nature – is cooperative, instead of competitive. The business model that has produced Globalization will no longer work here. Hopefully, a complete collapse will not be necessary – but a serious one seems inevitable.
All this hot air about the Information Economy, should boil down what goes on under the hood (or behind the curtain) – busy nerds working for The Man.