Adrift: 100 Charts that Reveal Why America is on the Brink of Change

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Adrift: 100 Charts that Reveal Why America is on the Brink of Change

Adrift: 100 Charts that Reveal Why America is on the Brink of Change

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And yes, his proposals are also generally self-evident: we need to revamp the tax structure; reduce government lobbying; revise our penal system and impose genuine deterrent penalties on companies that hurt the public (my favorite quote is "as Mark Zuckerberg continues to smear lipstick on the cancer that is Facebook"); make finding a solution to climate change the technology priority for the next few decades, etc. I've got nothing like that - the charts were not surprising at all, they didn't bring any revelation, I've done no notes, and there was nothing memorable.

But then, someone on the left will come in all high-minded with a couple paragraphs and maybe even some numbers and totally school their opponent with all the condescension and pseudo-objectivism you could imagine. From bestselling author and NYU business school professor Scott Galloway comes an urgent examination of the future of our nation – and how we got here. Here is Galloway's thesis: The competition at the heart of capitalism is the ultimate engine of human "progress," encompassing everything from economic prosperity to social health, but it must be constrained by institutions (more on these later) which protect the middle class. But instead we get a chart with pretty illustrations of the Empire State Building, a lamppost, and a fire hydrant. Minimum wage is not a one sentence issue, but its also not a 3 paragraph issue, and to act like you’ve just cracked the code with your 3 paragraphs and a graph comes across as so arrogant to me.There’s an overall decline in friendship – more with men but also with women -in this new hyper connected age. In this book, he tells the story of America and how the country got to a state of partisanship, corruption, and selfishness. My hope is that the visible landfall of progress, citizenship, and perspective provide determination and direction. Inequality is inherent to the market, but when wealth is entrenched and mobility suppressed, that’s cronyism, not capitalism. He is the bestselling author of The Four and The Algebra of Happiness and has served on the boards of directors of The New York Times Company, Urban Outfitters and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

The dashboard of threats, from inflated asset values to irreversible climate change to armed assaults on government proceedings, is flashing red and getting worse. Adrift attempts to make sense of it all, and offers Galloway’s unique take on where we’re headed and who we’ll become, touching on topics as wide-ranging as online dating to minimum wage to the American dream. Progress has come not from exploiting these fissures for private gain, but by knitting them together through shared prosperity. Understanding the social situations around us can make us smarter voters and better citizens, able to better deter manipulation by politicians and shady online sources. Washington doesn't appear to be seriously working on ANY of these issues, but is instead wasting its time looking for Hunter's laptop or arguing whether drag queens should read to children or mandating assault weapons for everyone…don't get me started.

It was still worthwhile reading and I definitely recommend it, but maybe take it in little bits and have some kind of chaser available afterwards to cheer yourself up. When online “dating” (really, online meeting) began to gather momentum in the dot-com era, it tore through the cultural ecosystem, and within a generation it had become the dominant matchmaking medium. Spending more time on screens means investing more of our lives in online platforms - including our love lives. The First Friday Book Synopsis Business Book of the Year is: The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the 21st Century’s Greatest Dilemma by Mustafa Suleyman. Galloway presents this by comparing the height of the Empire State Building (US defense spending) with the lampposts and fire hydrants next to that building.

Economic frustration is a good recipe for social unrest, and on a personal level, it’s not something you want to experience. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded nine firms, including L2, Red Envelope, Prophet, and Section4. It should be looked at subjectively, and although statistics don't lie, how they were obtained can be a bit deceitful. Galloway estimated that if profitable American corporations and people earning more than a million dollars a year paid 30% in annual taxes as opposed to 21% and 24. Overall, Galloway's book was not very remarkable to me, but I did enjoy the author's narration of the audiobook!

He even offers his take on what it will take to "fix" things -- if only there was the political will to accomplish the recommended changes. They’re new and different – they’re a positive change bringing economic opportunity to many who lacked it. In 1965, the chiefs of America’s largest 350 companies by revenue made 21 times the average compensation of their industries’ workers.

The inevitable question is: What degree of tolerance will we lose when we stop engaging with and integrating into our communities? Although the publisher is penguin, the font size is kept to bare minimal, which is very stressful to eyes. For example, America now produces nearly as much economic activity in any given month than it did over the course of an entire year in the 1950s. The Girl Scouts have fared a bit better, but even its membership has fallen from 13 per 1,000 people to only seven, a reduction of almost half. In 2019, Scott founded Section4, an online education platform for working professionals where he teaches business strategy: section4.A range of factors caused the decline in union power—including corruption and overreaching by unions themselves—but the result was a power shift . Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. The point of this book is: If you look at the numbers, as seen in these revealing charts, you can see where we have been, where we are now, and what the challenges are for moving forward. What we can do is draw out some of the key ideas and statistics and give you a sense of the meaning that each of them holds. Rising education costs may be “the greatest assault on middle-class America’s prosperity as education costs rose by 169% between 1980 and 2019 while salaries only by 19%.

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