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The Sovereign Individual

Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
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Two renowned investment advisors and authors of the best seller The Great Reckoning bring to light both currents of disaster and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The Sovereign Individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of Western civilization.  

Few observers of the late-20th century have their fingers so presciently on the pulse of the global political and economic realignment ushering in the new millennium as do James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg. Their bold prediction of disaster on Wall Street in Blood in the Streets was borne out by Black Tuesday. In their ensuing best sellar, The Great Reckoning, published just weeks before the coup attempt against Gorbachev, they analyzed the pending collapse of the Soviet Union and foretold the civil war in Yugoslavia and other events that have proved to be among the most searing developments of the past few years.  

In The Sovereign Individual, Davidson and Rees-Mogg explore the greatest economic and political transition in centuries - the shift from an industrial to an information-based society. This transition, which they have termed "the fourth stage of human society", will liberate individuals as never before, irrevocably altering the power of government. This outstanding book will replace false hopes and fictions with new understanding and clarified values.

©1999 James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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WOW this book was written over 20 years ago

and it's all happening now as they predicted. BLM, cryptos, even the plandemic. When listening to this audiobook it sounded like it was written this year only certain technical details like laptop with 486 processor were reminding me how old this book is

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  • Cam Luther
  • 15-01-20

A Guide to Flourishing in the 2020's and Beyond

If you are interested in understanding the changes that are to come as our world becomes more and more information-centric, there is no other book I could recommend more highly than this.

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  • C. Armstrong
  • 29-01-20

Not to be ignored

Kudos to the publisher for finally making this available as an audiobook. Given its content, I couldn’t imagine a title better suited to this format. The new 2020 preface by Peter Thiel is short but good. This book is a real eye-opener (or “red pill” if you prefer). The authors would be easy to dismiss as crazed conspiracy theorists or fear-mongers, if it weren’t for the fact that so many of their predictions have come true since the last two decades that the book was published. They managed to predict (with alarming accuracy) everything from Bitcoin, e-commerce/Amazon, video chat, the widening effects of globalization, the gig economy (brought on by the microprocessing revolution), the ballooning U.S. college loan debt bubble, to the surprise mainstream popularity of Jordan Peterson and Trump. Explains the history and evolution of human power balance, conflict, and war – all the way from the caveman days until the present day Information Age. It then proceeds to forecast where societies are likely to be headed in the future, and does it in an OCD-level of detail. It’s worth noting that the "MTV generation" as described by the book has since been replaced by the "social media generation,” which has had exponentially greater cultural influence worldwide. I haven’t read Sapiens or Homo Deus, but I imagine both were heavily inspired by this book.

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  • Rashard
  • 19-06-20

It put the modern age in perspective

if you grew up on the Internet like I have a lot of what is spoken in this book will make a lot of sense.

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  • Stephen Mcafee
  • 08-03-20

Amazing!

So insightful! I wish that I had listened to this when it came out in the 90s. life changing information. The information is still so good that today 20+ years later this book will still impact you.

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  • Ben Chang
  • 15-02-20

Interesting ideas and prescient

had to keep reminding myself this was written in the 90s. Very prescient and gave food for thought. I don't necessarily agree with everything said but was good to get historical context for some if the ideas in the book. I finished the book but the final third or so of the book was a bit of a slog and preachy

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  • JHW
  • 31-01-20

Amazing book that was way ahead of its time

Truly an amazing book that was way ahead of its time. The fore sights in everything from the slow deterioration of the EU, to describing bitcoin in detail; this book copyright date is 1997! Truly a timeless look into the future and a great guide on how to best land on the right side of history.

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  • Mark Coudray
  • 09-09-20

Spot on in these COVID Times

An incredible book that accurately describes what we are going through in 2020, even though it was written almost 25 years ago. Chapter 9 literally stopped me in my tracks on my morning walk. A bit dense in parts, but highly recommended for understanding the collapse fo the Social Nation-State, our immigration challenges, restriction of travel between countries, the pandemic, the rise of the super-rich, and the Sovereign Individual who can create wealth anywhere there is an internet connection.

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  • thomass
  • 29-08-20

this was great!

this was so compelling when they talk about the predictions for the future and most if not all have come true! it offers up some really interesting points about nations and the individual. fascinating listen.

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  • christina
  • 20-08-20

profound and honest look into the future

at a time where society appears to be coming apart at the seams this book puts into context what generations of the past have dealt with, evolved from and became, overtime. a must-read blueprint for anyone who has or is thinking about entering the information age. incredible change of perspective. thank you Willie Woo for the recommendation best book of 2020 so far from me. got BTC ?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-20

eye opening, especially from year 2020

eye opening. now one of my favorite books. 2020 - year that validated every prediction.