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A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It
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Nafeez has also written for the Independent on Sunday, The Independent, The Scotsman, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Huffington Post, New Statesman, Prospect Magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, among many others. He has been a talking head for BBC News 24, BBC World News with George Alagiah, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Four, BBC World Today, BBC Asian Network, Channel 4, Sky News, C-SPAN Book TV, CNN, FOX News, Bloomberg, PBS Foreign Exchange, Al-Jazeera English, Press TV, Islam Channel and hundreds of other radio and TV shows in the USA, UK, and Europe.
Nafeez is also cited and reviewed in the Sunday Times, Times Higher Educational Supplement, New York Times, The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Observer, Guardian, Big Issue Magazine, Vanity Fair, among others
Top Customer Reviews
The first chapter is so scary that it is likely many readers will not make it through the book. It brings together the facts and analysis on global warming that have frightened the Pentagon and all European governments since at least 2004. The prognosis is so bleak that all the other chapters seem trivial by comparison, though they cover some very dark problems (genocide, martial law for the masses, large scale detention camps, global dictators, another great depression, mass starvation, acute resource shortages). He could have reversed the order of the chapters to allow the reader to better prepare for the "big one", but he had his reasons.
The author develops a social and philosophical analysis which distills to a list of "key structural problems".Read more ›
I was tempted to keep the book at five stars because the author tip-toes around the core issue of our day, institutionalized corruption. While he opens by saying he is striving to address the "linkage between political violence and social crisis in the context of imperial social systems," the word imperial is as close as he gets to calling out the global criminals that used to be called the elite, and their equally complicit enablers, the political class. Which reminds me of another important book, The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future - and What It Will Take to Win It Back as well as the more recent Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History.Read more ›
Climate change: a 6 'C temperature rise could wipe out all life on earth.
Energy scarcity: `peak oil' could lead to permanent high oil prices and new energy wars.
Food insecurity: industrial farming ravages the environment and denudes the soil. Vertically integrated food oligopolies are undercutting the livelihood of subsistence farmers.
Financial instability: financial liberalization and deregulation provoked a worldwide economic and banking crisis to be solved by the government (the taxpayer).
International terrorism: is linked to the world's over-dependence on oil. It is sponsored by Western intelligence in order to destabilize strategically important countries and to redesign actual geographical maps.
Political violence: its `normalization' by the `deep State' could generate `Police States' and curtail seriously civil liberties.
Neoliberal (`pure market') policies are unable to recognize long-term human costs by focusing on short-term profit maximization for a super-wealthy oligarchy (an imperial social system). Economically, it drives actually nearly exclusively on oil energy. Its ideology is based on unlimited growth and consumption maximization.
On the political front, there should be more real democracy (decentralization of power) through community-lead governance.
On the economic front, there should be sustainable (not unlimited) growth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. I don't give 5 stars lightly. If you're not used to thinking in terms of a "crisis of civilization" then this book will hit you like a punch to the solar... Read morePublished 18 months ago by reader
Frankly, I can say that this book is one of a few that makes you think deeply about what awaits us in the coming years. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
While very interesting, this book also provides a very timely and academically valid exploration of the crises that are currently being experienced globally. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tim
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development, points out that 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by William Podmore
It is a fascinating book, exploring the crises our civilization is facing today, from climate change to peak oil, to the global financial crisis, and violent extremism, and terrorPublished on May 15, 2012 by George Apostolopoulos
If you want to get ahead of the curve - read this book. It's filled to the brim with in-depth analysis of every major crisis scenario that could emerge in the coming decades. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Clint
Here are a couple of (long) quotes from the Introduction: "This book provides an integrated, interdisciplinary reassessment of our current global predicament. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer