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Edge of Chaos

Narrated by: Pamala Tyson
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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Why our democracies need urgent reform, before it's too late.

A generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world is once again on the edge of chaos. Demonstrations have broken out from Belgium to Brazil led by angry citizens demanding a greater say in their political and economic future, better education, heathcare and living standards. The bottom line of this outrage is the same; people are demanding their governments do more to improve their lives faster, something which policymakers are unable to deliver under conditions of anaemic growth. Rising income inequality and a stagnant economy are threats to both the developed and the developing world, and leaders can no longer afford to ignore this gathering storm.

In Edge of Chaos, Dambisa Moyo sets out the new political and economic challenges facing the world, and the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth. Dambisa enumerates the four headwinds of demographics, inequality, commodity scarcity and technological innovation that are driving social and economic unrest, and argues for a fundamental retooling of democratic capitalism to address current problems and deliver better outcomes in the future. In the 21st century, a crisis in one country can quickly become our own, and fragile economies produce a fragile international community. Edge of Chaos is a warning for advanced and emerging nations alike: we must reverse the dramatic erosion in growth, or face the consequences of a fragmented and unstable global future.

©2018 Dambisa Moyo (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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Is it Democracy or Moyocracy?

The narrator was not very easy to listen to. She is too forceful in her annunciation of consonant sounds.
If the reforms proposed by the author are to be adopted, I think the political system would not be democratic anymore. Personally, I agree with most of what she has said in this book. The only thing is, I think she is reluctant to openly state that; not only does democracy need an overhaul, but that the whole system needs to be scrapped and replaced with a better one.
Democracy in today's world has outlived its usefulness. It can no longer serve the purpose for which it was initially created. The world has moved into a new phase that can no longer be supported by such a system.

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2020 looks like the point of chaos if nothing else

This is a good book, but I don't agree with everything, with my position declared; I am a little worry that some key areas of public policies were omitted such as health, education and environmental issues. Choosing to address political reforms using the economy as a prerequisite might not get to the core of the issue, in my opinion the hard core reality is education, this has to be part of the solution. otherwise a very good book.

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An excellent analysis! I highly recommend it.

The author tells us the truth about what chaos that looms in our democracy and makes 10 recommendations to avert the consequences.

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Excellent book about our current economic problems

The book explains very well the reasons why economic growth is so low at the moment. The author sees democratic reform as the answers to these problems. The writer says very little about resource depletion, climate change, pollution and bio diversity loss which are affecting economic growth now and which will grow greater into the future.

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Well researched but solutions not discussed enough

Well researched and represents strong arguments on why democracy needs to change. The author could have dedicated more chapters to her proposed solutions though

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  • Twaambo Hamusute
  • 24-02-19

great

A very great read. Some very bold propositions laid out. Overall its a very solid thesis.