Fresh off the back of his meetings with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends is back in the US for the release of his new book, featured in The Huffington Post. Jeremy spoke to editor Tom Zeller about his latest publication.
The book, The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, hits bookshops and eReaders, and explores the themes of rampant unemployment, rising food prices, a collapsed housing market and ballooning debt, and how they are not simply symptoms of a temporary economic malaise. Rather, they are signs that the current world order - long infused with and defined by fossil fuels - is collapsing around us.
Revolutions imply conflict by their very nature, and Rifkin concedes that the transformation he envisions is not guaranteed.
"One of the reasons an overarching new economic game plan has never been rolled out is not just because we need to cut back public spending and reduce government deficits," Rifkin told Zeller, "but because the administration is missing, to quote former president George W. Bush, the 'vision thing.'"
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