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A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the degradation of the public sphere to create an environment hostile to reason
La verdad, y la razón como modo de llegar a ella, son dos elementos fundamentales para la salud de una democracia. Sin embargo, la política contemporánea parece seguir un camino prácticamente opuesto. Nos hallamos ante un auténtico ataque contra la razón, liderado por la administración de George W. Bush, que tiende a ignorar las opiniones de los expertos, ya sea sobre el número de tropas necesarias en Irak, el cambio climático o el déficit público, y evita el proceso normal de debate y toma de decisiones para apoyar polítcas específicas de raíz ideológica. Con la misma pasión y claridad con la que expuso la crisis medioambiental en Una verdad incómoda, Al Gore explica ahora cómo una política basada en el miedo, el secretismo, el partidismo y la fe ciega, combinada con la degradación del debate público, ha creado un entorno hostil para la razón, la lógica y la verdad, que desempeñan un papel cada vez más reducido en el modo en que los Estados Unidos toma las decisiones más importantes.
From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything--a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come. Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet's beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler's Future Shock and John Naisbitt's Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world: * Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels "Earth Inc."--an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past. * The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of "the Global Mind," which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases. * The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years--from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets. * A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet's strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species. * Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science--and are putting control of evolution in human hands. * There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earth's ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide. From his earliest days in public life, Al Gore has been warning us of the promise and peril of emergent truths--no matter how "inconvenient" they may seem to be. As absorbing as it is visionary, The Future is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.Advance praise for The Future "This is a great book. From political policy and economics to science and the most thorny ethical issues, Al Gore has stated the human condition and the issues we face forthrightly, fearlessly, and in easily understood language--and has said what must be done. I asked myself halfway through who else could have written a book of this magnitude. The only answer I could imagine was Jefferson."--E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Our climate crisis may appear to be happening slowly but in fact it is happening very quickly, and has become a true planetary emergency.
«Mai no ha estat tan important que encarem la realitat dels nostres reptes a llarg termini, des de la crisi del clima fins a la guerra de lIraq, passant per moltes altres qüestions. La raó és atacada per forces que fan servir tècniques sofisticades, com la propaganda, la psicologia i els medis de comunicació electrònics. Tot i que els reptes als quals ens enfrontem són grans, tinc més confiança que mai en el fet que la democràcia triomfarà i que estarem a lalçada del desafiament. Espero que els que llegeixin aquest llibre decideixin formar part dun nou moviment que ho faci possible.» Al Gore
It is now abundantly clear that we have at our fingertips all of the tools we need to solve the climate crisis. The only missing ingredient is collective will. Properly understood, the climate crisis is an unparalleled opportunity to finally and effectively address many persistent causes of suffering and misery that have long been neglected, and to transform the prospects of future generations, giving them a chance to live healthier, more prosperous lives as they continue their pursuit of happiness. Our Choice gathers in one place all of the most effective solutions that are available now and that, together, will solve this crisis. It is meant to depoliticize the issue as much as possible and inspire readers to take action - not only on an individual basis but as participants in the political processes by which every country, and the world as a whole, makes the choice that now confronts us. There is an old African proverb that says, "If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." We have to go far, quickly. We can solve the climate crisis. It will be hard, to be sure, but if we can make the choice to solve it, I have no doubt whatsoever that we can and will succeed. - Al Gore, from the introduction.
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