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The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It

 
 
 
 
The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It
Author: Joshua Cooper Ramo
ISBN 13: 9780316118118
ISBN 10: 316118117
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: 2010-06-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $16.00
 
 

For decades, American foreign policy has been based on the seductive belief that there exists a logical relationship between power of states and the physics of change. And yet today policies designed to make us safer instead make the world more perilous. History's grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to boost the quality of life of people around the world, increases the gap between rich and poor. Decisions taken to stem a financial crisis guarantee its arrival. Environmental techniques engineered to protect species lead to their extinction. Middle East peace plans produce less peace. Our world is not becoming more stable or flatter or easier to comprehend. And what we face isn't one single shift, like the end of World War Two or the collapse of the Soviet Union, so much as a revolutionary avalanche of ceaseless change.

Now, drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, human immunology, psychology and his own...

The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani

…[Ramo has] managed, in this stimulating volume, to make the reader seriously contemplate the alarming nature of a rapidly changing world—a world in which uncertainty and indeterminacy are givens, and avalanches, negative cascades and tectonic shifts are ever-present dangers.