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By Dinesh D'Souza

ISBN-10: 0684868148

ISBN-13: 9780684868141

We are living in an period of remarkable prosperity. the USA has created the 1st mass prosperous classification in global background, and so much folks are extra profitable than we ever dreamed shall we be. New applied sciences have given us striking skills to speak and proportion details, and likewise godlike energy over nature and ourselves. but, separately and jointly, we're divided concerning the new financial system. Its champions embody the facility of technological capitalism and the wealth it creates -- they think it is going to feed and heal and free up the area. Its detractors warn that techno-capitalism creates huge, immense inequalities, undermines households and groups, and destroys our so much adored values. How will we heal this department that runs deep in our society, and in our hearts? How do we discover ways to feel free with our good fortune? "In The advantage of Prosperity," former White residence coverage analyst Dinesh D'Souza bargains the 1st in-depth research of the religious and social obstacle that has been spawned by way of the recent economic climate and new applied sciences. Drawing upon unique reporting, together with greater than 100 interviews with top marketers, students, social and spiritual activists, and tech tycoons, D'Souza brings to existence the heated debate over how we're all laid low with the large alterations below method. D'Souza creates an unforgettable portrait of a few of the movers and visionaries in trendy financial system: Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, George Gilder, T. J. Rodgers, and Ted Turner. yet he additionally digs deep to appreciate what those people who are now not within the new economic climate forefront -- students, pundits, clergy, usual employees -- imagine and suppose approximately our new prosperity. He finds the excellent methods inwhich outdated political allegiances have blurred and components of the left and the proper are uniting in resistance to the hot international celebrated by way of the techno-utopians. D'Souza poses the harsh questions: through what correct does an online entrepreneur who cannot convey a revenue collect wealth equivalent to the gross nationwide made of a small kingdom, whereas the common individual struggles to make ends meet? What can we threat if, utilizing the facility of know-how, we expand our existence span, pick out the features we'd like in our kids, and keep an eye on the evolution of our species into the "post-human"? From the original point of view of an immigrant, D'Souza explores the basis of the yankee dream -- that prosperity will larger the human situation. He welcomes the liberation from necessity and drudgery that expertise and affluence convey, yet he argues that they can't remedy the fundamental human query: what's the importance of my lifestyles? D'Souza will shock readers around the political spectrum along with his unique imaginative and prescient of ways we will be able to truly do good whereas doing strong, and be successful whereas making society better.He exhibits the best way to safeguard nature, enhance our households and groups, and extend our highbrow horizons in a techno-capitalist global. eventually, D'Souza finds how we will be able to harness the facility of know-how and affluence to advertise person success and the typical strong.

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This is exactly what has happened in America in the past two decades. Not so long ago there weren’t many affluent people; you’d have to go to Beverly Hills to find them, or Manhattan’s Upper East Side, or (more recently) to high-tech meccas such as Palo Alto and Seattle. But now the rich have proliferated, and they are everywhere. Drive through the opulent neighborhoods of Jupiter Island, Florida; Brookville, New York; Saddle River, New Jersey; Weston, Massachussetts; Aspen, Colorado; Hunting Valley, Ohio; Kenilworth, Illinois; Paradise Valley, Arizona; Medina, Washington; and Rancho Santa Fe, California.

French law permits only a small number of certified auctioneers to operate in the country, and eBay isn’t even operational in France. Andy Grove, the famous longtime CEO of Intel, would have kept his real name, Andras Grof, and his obscurity if he had remained in his native Hungary. Only in America could Jerry Yang, an immigrant from Taiwan who came to this country at the age of ten not speaking a word of English, start a company like Yahoo! in his twenties and find himself a boy billionaire. These are uniquely American success stories.

And as networks become more powerful, Metcalfe’s Law dictates that they will also become more indispensable. A company or person who does not work and live in cyberspace will be as out of it as a person today who does not have a telephone. In 1854, Henry Bessemer, creator of the Bessemer method, described his final test of a new way to produce large-scale steel. He said, “I could now see in my mind’s eye the great iron industry of the world crumbling away under the irresistible force of the facts so recently elicited.

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