Up the Down Escalator

Up the Down Escalator : Why the Global Pessimists are Wrong

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The 1990s appeared to be Utopian - the Cold War had ended and democracy had begun to spread around the world. At home, the new economy, New Labour and New Britain declared a break with the past. The terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 however, brought a different, more sombre mood, but one already hinted at by the collapse of the high-tech stock boom and increasing fears about globalization. This text argues that pessimism is the most powerful ideology of the early-21st-century and further, that it is fundamentally wrong. The author claims that the main forces shaping our society - innovation and technology, globalization and education and democracy and self-government - offer grounds for optimism.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 132 x 199 x 28mm | 294g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • notes, bibliography
  • 0141010029
  • 9780141010021

Table of contents

The gathering gloom; the great escape; death wish nation; the pessimists' alliance; the dream of Digitopia; the terror of Technotopia; innovation rules; the age of self-rule; the end of capitalism; the personalized society; globalization can be good; militant optimism.
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About Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater is an adviser to the Downing Street Policy Unit, the Department of Trade and Industry and the European Commission. He is also a Demos research associate and a journalist for the Guardian, Financial Times and New Statesman. His previous book, LIVING ON THIN AIR, was published by Viking in 1999. He lives in London E8.
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