Adrift: 100 Charts that Reveal Why America is on the Brink of Change
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He notes that one of the most dangerous trends in America is the growing number of undereducated, lonely, poor, angry and terminally single young men. That’s the antithesis of government (and government service), the purpose of which is to contribute to the commonwealth without recompense. The problem is 1) Galloway fails to put those ideas all in a sequential paragraph, instead scattering them throughout the book, and 2) he constantly muddies the water with both observations irrelevant to his point and pat aphorisms. And , for some of them , the format has great advantage that when consuming charts people cannot see your lips moving as you read something you find too complex and challenging. Further, its healthcare costs per capita are among the highest in the world yet life expectancy is lower than most other developed nations.
Rivian – “If our planet is to continue to sustain life and enchant future generations, we must change…This is where Rivian’s potential lies. Inequality is inherent to the market, but when wealth is entrenched and mobility suppressed, that’s cronyism, not capitalism”.It would be easy, but erroneous, to assume the book is a gloom laden dystopian rant about a nation in trouble. From bestselling author, CNN+ host of No Mercy, No Malice, and NYU business school professor Scott Galloway comes an urgent examination of the future of our nation – and how we got here. For all the political heat it continues to generate, Obamacare is also popular, and its actual provisions even more so when polltakers leave out the brand name. 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. In Adrift, Galloway looks to the past - from 1945 to present day - to explain just how America arrived at this precipice.
We’re also seeing recreation move online, with tech companies investing in the metaverse, a place for ever more immersive online gaming and interaction. This could affect the lifetime achievement of millions of students and even the economic, scientific, and creative achievements of our country. It is written in a neutral way (and you know how Scott’s language can be very “colorful” - if you listen to his podcasts :), lays out data and opinions in crisp and concise chapters. With social media platforms users are not consumers – they are the product, based on their data exhaust. For you, those wise choices may include focusing on community connections, ensuring you and your children have the education they need, embracing risk and new opportunity, and learning to be smart about the tech companies trying to influence you.Men’s share of college enrollment has dropped from 60% in 1970 to 40% in 2021 creating a path to broke and lonely males. Despite all of this, Scott Galloway still sees reason for hope, but first lays out what he sees as the biggest challenges facing the nation. Political rhetoric is a decent barometer of the ideological state of the nation, and rhetoric changed markedly in the Reagan Revolution. For example, Rivian’s mission statement is “If our planet is to continue to sustain life and enchant future generations, we must change……This is where Rivian’s potential lies. It can create meaningful connections between people who would never have met in the physical world alone.