"A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead...a lucid, provocative book." --Kirkus Reviews Those who championed globalization once promised a world of winners, one in which free trade would lift all the world's boats, and extremes of left and right would give way to universally embraced liberal values. The past few years have shattered this fantasy, as those who've paid the price for globalism's gains have turned to populist and nationalist politicians to express fury at the political, media, and corporate elites they blame for their losses. The United States elected an anti-immigration, protectionist president who promised to "put America first" and turned a cold eye on alliances and treaties. Across Europe, anti-establishment political parties made gains not seen in decades. The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.And as Ian Bremmer shows in this eye-opening book, populism is still spreading. Globalism creates plenty of both winners and losers, and those who've missed out want to set things right. They've seen their futures made obsolete. They hear new voices and see new faces all about them. They feel their cultures shift. They don't trust what they read. They've begun to understand the world as a battle for the future that pits "us" vs. "them." Bremmer points to the next wave of global populism, one that hits emerging nations before they have fully emerged. As in Europe and America, citizens want security and prosperity, and they're becoming increasingly frustrated with governments that aren't capable of providing them. To protect themselves, many government will build walls, both digital and physical. For instance...*In Brazil and other fast-developing countries, civilians riot when higher expectations for better government aren't being met--the downside of their own success in lifting millions from poverty. *In Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt and other emerging states, frustration with government is on the rise and political battle lines are being drawn. *In China, where awareness of inequality is on the rise, the state is building a system to use the data that citizens generate to contain future demand for change*In India, the tools now used to provide essential services for people who've never had them can one day be used to tighten the ruling party's grip on power. When human beings feel threatened, we identify the danger and look for allies. We use the enemy, real or imagined, to rally friends to our side. This book is about the ways in which people will define these threats as fights for survival. It's about the walls governments will build to protect insiders from outsiders and the state from its people.And it's about what we can do about it....
|Title||:||Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism|
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|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
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Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism Reviews
An executive summary of platitudes framed as if they'll blow your mind. If you have functioning eyes and a subscription to the Guardian, you'll be able to spit this shit out in your sleep.
Nothing interesting here. N-2 chapters about how pissed off people are, 1 chapter of vague ideas for improvement (pretty much all in the "you've heard this before" category), and a conclusion. Bremmer could have said all this in a ten page article.
Excellent analysis of the political, economic, and cultural problems facing the world. However, Bremmer's solutions slip into Progressive/Socialist cant failing to fully grasp human psychology and the immensity of the problem facing the OECD and emerging nations now and in the near future.
As an explanation of the problem, this is a good book but the solutions are socialist idealism...or very nearly this.
Worth a look, but not a serious one.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Telling it like it is & likely to be
Bremmer is a perception observer and analyst.
"No one voted for Donald Trump because he believed the United States was growing more secure and more prosperous. In a country where working-age men without jobs outnumber those with jobs by three to one and half of unemployed men take daily pain medication, a lot of people want “change.”1 It’s hard to imagine what sort of future Americans can expect if the fate of these people is ignored.
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Very interesting book with a wealth of information but based on an anti-globalism outlook that begins with conclusions and searches for rationale. While there is much to learn here about our country and a dozen selected countries around the world, I believe the author makes various assumptions based on his personal beliefs and not necessarily based on the observations and facts that he provides. Read with an open mind, absorb the information, but question his conclusions.
Not the feel good book of the summer. Bremmer finds fault in the current state of affairs, as well as in the future of, many countries including Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, China, Russia, and India. After doing this he implies that reliance on private corporations are a big part of the solution. I'm not convinced.
I generally like Bremmer's books (G-Zero, End of the Free Market, J-curve etc) but this book seemed lazy. It didn't seem well thought out nor researched. Very little in Us vs Them will strike you as enlightening, if you've been alive the past 2 years. His other books have a rather novel idea that is well argued. This idea isn't well argued and sure as hell isn't novel. I would have preferred a much deeper analysis of public perceptions on things like Brexit, TPP or Schengen. Instead it is a few ...more
Ian Brenner presents a wake-up call to global
Great amount of statistical background behind this book. the author paints a somewhat grim picture of what's to come for many counties if their governments don't update their social contract with their own citizens. But, he also offers solutions by sharing success stories with forward looking countries whose governments show willingness to change in the face of economic, social and educational pressures.
The author fed into the Us vs Them c ...more