People Get Ready

People Get Ready

The Fight Against A Jobless Economy and A Citizenless Democracy

Book - 2016
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Humanity is on the verge of its darkest hour--or its greatest moment

The consequences of the technological revolution are about to hit hard: unemployment will spike as new technologies replace labor in the manufacturing, service, and professional sectors of an economy that is already struggling. The end of work as we know it will hit at the worst moment imaginable: as capitalism fosters permanent stagnation, when the labor market is in decrepit shape, with declining wages, expanding poverty, and scorching inequality. Only the dramatic democratization of our economy can address the existential challenges we now face. Yet, the US political process is so dominated by billionaires and corporate special interests, by corruption and monopoly, that it stymies not just democracy but progress.

The great challenge of these times is to ensure that the tremendous benefits of technological progress are employed to serve the whole of humanity, rather than to enrich the wealthy few. Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols argue that the United States needs a new economy in which revolutionary technologies are applied to effectively address environmental and social problems and used to rejuvenate and extend democratic institutions. Based on intense reporting, rich historical analysis, and deep understanding of the technological and social changes that are unfolding, they propose a bold strategy for democratizing our digital destiny--before it's too late--and unleashing the real power of the Internet, and of humanity.
Published: New York :, Nation Books,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781568585215
Branch Call Number: 320.973 MACC
Characteristics: v, 360 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Nichols, John 1959-- Author


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Aug 19, 2018

I highly recommend this book. If you like history you will like this book. The authors provide a wealth of quotes from many sources from politicians, academics, economists and others. They cited instances from the past that were so relevant to today's global crises that it took my breath away sometimes. Although the world is in a bleak place at the moment this book actually made me realize that the world has struggled through dark times before and people do come to their senses and oust the bad guys. Here's hoping it happens sooner rather than later.

Aug 15, 2016

This book is one of the best I've read concerning the change required if we are to maintain our status around the world. The idea that we must change not only our political system, but also our economy is huge. I wish I could shed the doubt, however as the authors stated this would be an intense fight, and things would get worse before improving. I'm not sure about others, but the idea that we are slowly sinking into a citizenless democracy really concerns me. More so when you read example after example provided by the writers of this insightful and far reaching book. If you are concerned about what's taking place in our nation, this is a must read. As the author's stated "we must pull our face away from the blue screens, and see what is actually taking place around us." WAKE UP!!!

Jan 12, 2016

[Update: the best way to judge a president or any politician, really, is how much of an increase in bargaining power for the workers resulted during their tenure. Just as when Sen. Paul Wellstone was working on a national bargaining rights bill, which looked nothing like what he wanted after his mysterious death [a last minute co-pilot addition, Michael Guess, US Army reservist in military intel, and the guy who gave that Flight Simulator software to the 20th hijacker, Moussaieoui] ended up in the death of Sen. Wellstone and some of the members of his family].
Two individuals I've never been impressed with [self-described progressives, whatever their definition?!] are McChesney and Nichols: McChesney actually suggested that the savior of a free press in America might be foundations [as in foundations financing various news outlets], utterly oblivious to the financial structure and reasons behind foundations [see legislation which established their financial structure in 1913]? Nichols thought the recall vote in Wisconsin would be the greatest thing since cheesehead hats, and he was proven predictably wrong, even more union households voted idiotically for Walker the second time around!!! Until these two clowns [my description] develop a greater understanding for what is REAL, such as how everything changed after 1963 [the coup d'etat which murdered President Kennedy], and was reinforced after 2001 [9/11], they won'tbegin to understand anything!


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