Chapter 1. A New Force and the Race to Harness It

The world is becoming wealthier. This fact does not make everyone happy. Many dismiss the new wealth as an unstable edifice that easily can come crashing down. Others worry that the new wealth will continue to accumulate in the hands of the few and never reach the vast masses of the world’s poor. This book argues that the new wealth is becoming stable, resilient, and self-propagating, and is able to withstand hits that would have brought it crashing down in the past. This book also argues that the new wealth will reach everyone on earth and will raise the standard of living of the billions of people who are now desperately poor.

Forces are at work making wealth grow rapidly and making it more resilient. ...

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