Monthly Archive: December 2014

Dec 23

Alvin Toffler and Jeremy Rifkin: Do we still need industry in the “post-industrial era”?

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Their books “The Third Wave” (1980) and “The Third Industrial Revolution” (2011) were divided by over 30 years, but had plenty in common. Both authors referred to the limits of our existing development path. Environmental destruction, reliance on finite resources, and even climate change (already in the late 1970s when Toffler wrote his book) were …

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Dec 16

25 years later – Europe at the crossroads

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (…), it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” No other words than these, written by Charles Dickens over 150 years ago, can better describe the state of the union, the European Union, at present. Over 50 per cent …

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Dec 15

The governance of the future?

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Fewer texts are more sacred for an average American citizen than the Constitution of the United States of America. You either have to be very brave, or very, very stupid to publicly undermine its sanctity and suggest radical changes. Without doubt I would classify Alvin Toffler as belonging to the first group. In his imaginative …

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