Nauseating Hayek apostle Utopian pamphlet.,
This review is from: Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age (Hardcover)
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The question is where to start with saying what is wrong with this book. Perhaps the most irritating thing is the number of times the author mentions Hayek and how right he was in his capitalist views. Sorry but the proof of how wrong Hayek was has been the last five years of broken world economy and the preceding 20 years of economic debauchery. Anyway lets pretend the author has read more widely than Hayek for his economic views.
Next we have his argument that he is not pushing a Utopianism and that the idea of the distributed or Baran network idea that creates his peer progressives does not fit into the typical party spectrum. He argues he is neither Democrat nor Republican but the peer progressives are anti-big corporation and anti big union so the Tea Party are their closest political relations. You need to let that sink in for a minute ... Tea Party ... not politicised ... it does not hold water. He needs to read Pity the Billionaire to get the idea. The Tea Party are precisely the centralised big corporate controlled system he talks about being the only down side of Hayek. He seems to be so blinkered by hero worship he cannot see the link. There is one particularly non-biased paragraph when he talks about taxes from Tea Party members being used to pay for Nancy Pelosi's Chardonnay. All he needs to say is I love guns, the stars and stripes and 'murica and you get the idea of his real political roots. He is beyond blatant.
Then there are his cherry picked examples of how flat non-hierarchical business with diversity and effective information flow can out-perform traditional businesses. But this is just a rehash of the ideas presented much more effectively in Wikinomics and without the need to bring in Hayek and how great his view of capitalism was.
So that is the content. What about the presentation? Again this is a good example of market inefficiency and the failure of Hayek. Why is it printed in large font with double spacing so that there are 250 words to the page? At 240 pages including forward this is 60, 000 words. It would have been a 120 page book with a decent sized font and spacing. It is a glorified single issue pamphlet, with an unconvincing message, badly presented with insufficient support and cherry picked examples.
The one good thing is the large print and spacing means it didn't take too long to read and I didn't waste too much time on it.