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The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future Audio Download – Unabridged

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By David Wineberg TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful tome is an attempt to distance us from capitalism, and see it from the outside, for what it really is, and then project what might come after. Because something will come after; it's just the nature of the beast that is society. It's a Herculean task, and some might say a fool's errand, but Mulgan provides incredible mounds of food for thought. It is like looking all around you at flat earth and trying to picture yourself living on the surface of a ball. It is a wide ranging work, spilling over with quotes and perspectives that make it continually fascinating. There's hardly a page I didn't want to make notes on. So I didn't make any. I'd never be able to find what I wanted - that's how many there would be.

The basis of the whole book is the duality of capitalism. Its Janus facet, its hypocrisy, twosidedness, two facedness, its yin and yang. The predator and the creator - the locust and the bee. Mulgan manages to distance himself from living in a capitalist world, and looks at it dispassionately, not just warts and all, but also at the overwhelming advantages and accomplishments. It is enormously fair. Mulgan is Lafayette visiting the new world.

The enervating and maddening thing about The Locust and the Bee is the amount of provocative information in it. It often seems that every sentence is thought provoking; if you let it, it would take all year to finish reading it once. In the first half, every paragraph merits a page, and every page merits its own book. The whole thing is important and informative.

Those first pages are packed with great wisdom, just mentioned in passing, and often without further analysis. Hundreds of facts, quotes, and theories.
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Product as described. Delivery on time.
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I heard this guy speaking at The Hay Festival and was delighted by his fresh approach. Well worth buying- a good read in itself but mind altering for the good!
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