History Future Now eBook available now from iBookstore
History Future Now, ebook edition, is now available from the Apple iBookstore! So if you have a iPad or iPhone click on this link to download it. It is currently on at a special offer of 99c. The Kindle version has been submitted to Amazon and should be available shortly.
This book is divided into the four main themes that are the focus of History Future Now.
In Part 1: Natural Resources, we focus on the issue of resource depletion. Many of the key natural resources that humans depend on are declining, largely due to more people wanting more things. The world’s population jumped from 2 billion people in 1930 to over 7.3 billion in 2015, and the world’s middle class population doubled from 1.2 billion in 2000 to over 2.5 billion in 2015. One of the main observations is that while humans know that these problems are severe, we are unable as a species to deal with them effectively. This is partly due to wishful thinking – things will get better and science will solve all our resource issues – and religious and political dogma which states that there is no problem because God would not allow bad things to happen to us or that a desire to conserve the environment is a left wing conspiracy.
In Part 2: Global Balance of Power we turn our attention to the shifting balance of power in the World. We look at the causes of the rise of the West and how it has allowed itself to relinquish its power. A great deal of attention is devoted to changes in Europe’s demographics and the threat from North Africa before shifting attention to the spectacular rise of China since 2000 and its implications on the entire World.
In Part 3: Jobs and the Economy we start by looking at the impact of trade policies on employment over the past 150 years and look forward to a jobless World dominated by robotics and artificial intelligence. What will be the impact on society? We also look at the impact of some of the great economic thinkers from Smith and Ricardo to Marx and Engels to Keynes and Hayek on economic policies today.
Finally, in Part 4: Society we look at changes in society over the years with a special emphasis on the impact of mass surveillance of Western governments on its own citizens. We also look at changes in family dynamics and how that will impact on the way we live, including changes in sexual orientation and how this could result in childless societies.
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