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Mulgan probes the nature of the conflict between freedom and interdependence by examining everything from the nature of markets in a free society to the role of governments in a shrinking world and problems posed by economies which tend to ignore national boundaries. The author argues that reciprocity, or the golden rule, "is the most important idea for a developed democratic society." Whether you agree with Mulgan politics or not, you will find this book to be thought-provoking and timely. Highly recommended. --Harry C. Edwards
Mulgan, the director of a London think tank called Demos and a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, would like to be seen as a serious political thinker. In Connexity, he examines the moral implications of living in a world of highly connected technical, financial, political and ecological systems.
It_s hard not to cheer Mulgan as he lists the damage crime, drugs, pollution caused by societies that focus only on the bottom line. It_s harder to swallow his prescription for change; he calls it the principle of reciprocity but it_s simply the kindergarten wisdom that your freedom to extend your arm stops at the tip of my nose.
Connexity is fun to read for its charming English manners. And the flattering way it assumes a shared literary culture in a discussion of technology will bring tears to your eyes (_Today, we automatically side with Anna Karenina_). Why, people do little else in the board rooms of Palo Alto.
Michael Parsons -- From The Industry Standard