Friday, September 24, 2010

A good read

As we watch the fierce (sometimes violent) debate amongst free market capitalists and their socialist enemies across Europe and the US, I can't help but think back to a book written by Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave.

The book is about humanity's transition from a nomadic, hunter- gathers society to an agrarian society (the first wave), From an agrarian to an industrial society (the second wave) and from an industrial to a technology (information) society (the third wave).

What's incredible is that Toffler wrote this book 30 years ago. For you youngins, that was before shoebox sized cell phones.

Tofler describes how all of our institutions (religious, educational, media, etc) evolve to fit into the next "wave" of society.

The one thing that makes him almost prophet like is his belief that segments of our society would fight the next wave to the death and you see this today with labor unions. Unions continue to fight yesterday's battle. Instead of blowing billions of dollars of the membership's money to protect a life that no longer is, they could be spending that money to get their member's ready for the technological wave we're in.

In my previous post, I link the video of Jack Welch really describing in detail how our country stands in the face of a global economy and how there's really nothing anyone can do to preserve our old industrial complex.

Between now and November, educate yourself. Read the Third Wave and vote accordingly.

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