'Ian Angell, "the only intellectually honest new conservative".' Toronto Star
'A prophet of the 21st Century.' Independent on Sunday
'This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to survive the information technology revolution.' Eurobusiness - London.
''It is an apocalyptic, dystopian vision of the future which calls for radical action. It is also a damning critique of most of the traditions and institutions that the west has developed during the past 200 years, including taxation, the nation-state and liberal democracy itself. Angell's thesis has the virtue of boldness.' Financial Times
An apocalyptic split in society is inevitable according to Ian Angell, already dubbed 'the Angell of Doom' by The Times newspaper. He rejects the long-held view of information technology as the benign liberator from mundane work and sees it instead as the seed for a new society of barbarians, in which winners take all, where a stateless overclass of the gifted few are free to search the world for the cheapest labour. If the scenario seems unlikely, look now at the life prisoners in the US who operate telesales services for major American airlines. Professor Angell predicts that IT, far from creating the path to Utopia, will spell poverty for the many and self-governing opulence for the few. Only those with the knowledge and power to guide the IT revolution will prosper, liberated from taxation in any state, while the manual labour falls to dispossessed production workers or more efficient robots. Offering a unique take on the negative aspects of the new technologies, this book maps the way to the ultimate collapse of society. Ian Angell tells readers what is likely to happen. He may not claim to know all the consequences, but anyone wishing to survive the information age should read his warning. Ian Angell is Professor of Information Systems at the London School of Economics and a controversial figure whose radical views have earned him a great deal of media attention.