- Paperback: 105 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (September 29, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812920880
- ISBN-13: 978-0812920888
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Millennium; Winners and Losers in the Coming Order Paperback – September 29, 1992
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"Millennium is a fertile speculation about the shape of things to comeintelligent, stimulating and plausible." -- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
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"Millennium is a fertile speculation about the shape of things to comeintelligent, stimulating and plausible."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
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What the elite are interested in is making money now and for the far-off future. What country, what people, and what ideas will help toward that end is largely the content of the book, except for some information at the end of the book detailing what kind of future humanity will inhabit. The elite will need a center of power to achieve that goal and while it has been the United States for some time, that position has weakened considerably largely through overwhelming, unprecedented debt. (But wasn't it the elite who perpetrated the creation of debt and excessive spending in the first place?) That center of power may well be Japan or the Pacific region in general or it may be Europe so long as the East and West can work together economically and efficiently. Mr. Attali leaves the proposition open-ended as to where the final power center will be but asserts qualifiedly that there cannot ultimately be two or three power centers; there must be one and one only -- particularly since there is a need to have a single entity that performs global integration of all nation-states for law, health, money, and culture: a new world order.
In the future, there will be no family; we all will be nomads greedily seeking to fulfill our desires, including the desire to survive, but as well the desire to achieve our ambitions. Thus, we all will have our own iPods or some future-oriented equivalent, our own miniaturized instruction modules, our own health checkers on miniaturized computers, and the like. The physician and the teacher will be a thing of the past, replaced by portable machines each nomad can purchase -- provided that nomad lives in or near a center of power. For those who live on the periphery of a power center, their life and hopes will be considerably diminished, sad and poor. Africa (except, perhaps, for South Africa) has no real place or chance in the 21st century, according to Mr. Attali. The battles and conflicts in the Mideast will continue throughout the 21st century unless these smaller states can learn to join up with either Asia, Europe or America, an unlikely scenario at this point.
Although Mr. Attali doesn't say so explicitly, in depicting what the future will look like for generations of humans, he does assert that humanity will need a new religion which all mankind can harmoniously get behind and believe, and that new religion is what he calls "the sacred," or, more specifically, a respect for nature and an awareness of what carbon dioxide is doing to increase the temperature of the planet - or so the author claims. Humanity will see itself following the new world order -- or it will perish. Human beings will willing turn themselves into a product that can be sold like a can of beans through the marvels of genetic manipulation, cloning, and new copyright laws and there will be no difference between life and machine at all.
Mr. Attali is not without some heart for the future. He does prat about justice, pluralism and democracy somewhat palpably in the book, as if the New World Order somehow still has "soft-spot" in its cold mercenary machinations for Classical Liberalism rather than for absolute Totalitarianism. Thus, Mr. Attali has started a nonprofit (read "tax-free") loan institution to "help" impoverished nations build "micro-entrepreneurs" because he knows that these nations and peoples, if they don't "get with it" -- and soon -- are going to be valueless fodder in the 21st century.
Was Attali privy to what is to come, a hidden global agenda or was he simply clairvoyant?
I read the book, many years back. So, I do not think European "migrant crisis" is anything else but a globalist plan that was laid out in this book.
As a matter of fact, this cannot be coincidence. No one could have predicted this in 1990's, nothing indicated that such crisis is even likely.
This book is a must read.
The fact that his economic wisdom runs counter to prevailing "conventional wisdom" in economic matters may suggest that he may have a true prophetic nose and may be on a useful scent.
I'm going to be glad to study this book carefully again, now ten years later.
A pervasive and thinly disguised national chauvinism;
Grossly inaccurate macroeconomic forecasting; and
A pendantic and condescending Foreward by Alvin Toffler which insists that we, as provincial and intellectually vacant Americans, must read this book simply because Attali is a stunning genius eager to save us from our own ignorance.
I will give this book one more star for each of the problems the author chooses to correct in future editions.