The Age of Fallibility has ratings and 18 reviews. Zach said: I had never heard of George Soros until I read an editorial he sent in to the Wall Stre. The Age of Fallibility. George Soros, June 26, Tyranny, violence, ignorance , and arrogance: The celebrated financier and bestselling author takes on the. George Soros: The Age of Fallibility – Consequences of the War on Terror. Public Affairs, New York, Soros considers himself a stateless statesman who is.
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After reflecting on his support of a losing Democrat for president, George Soros steps back to revisit his views on why George Bush’s policies around the world fall short in the arenas most important to Soros: As a survivor of the Holocaust and a life-long proponent of free expression, Soros understands the meaning of freedom.
And After reflecting on his support of a losing Democrat for president, George Soros steps back to revisit his views on why George Bush’s policies around the world fall short in the arenas most important to Soros: And yet his differences with George Bush, another proponent of freedom, are profound.
In this powerful essay Soros spells out his views and how they differ from the president’s.
The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror by George Soros
He reflects on why the Democrats may have lost the high ground on these values issues falilbility how they might reclaim it. As he has in his recent books, On Globalization and The Bubble of American SupremacySoros uses facts, anecdotes, personal tne and philosophy to illuminate a major topic in zge way that both enlightens and inspires.
Hardcoverpages. Published June 12th by PublicAffairs first published May 30th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Age of Fallibilityplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Age of Fallibility. Lists with This Book. Oct 11, Zach Freeman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The editorial piqued my interest and so I looked him up and discovered this book.
The Age of Fallibility is very well written and presents very complicated theories in an easy to grasp from. Soros writes with the mentality of someone that really wants to get his point across: He tells you what he is going to talk about, talks about it, and then tells you what he just talked about.
The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror
This has the affect of seeming a bit repetitive, but at the same time, you realize that the ideas are actually sinking in.
The first half of the book is dedicated to Soros’ theory of reflexivity. Basically, reality isn’t a fixed thing that we work around, it is constantly changing fallibilitty of our actions and our thoughts. The idea of an open society is one that accepts that we will never reach a “perfect” solution to anything and so we must always work together to improve what we are doing, understanding that each improvement we make will require additional improvements. The second half of the book is geared towards asking what is currently wrong with America, what is wrong with the world, and what we can do to fix it.
Soros gives an in depth look into all three topics and makes some very good points. To say that George Soros is anti-American is just silly.
He merely points out the lf in which Americans can improve in our domestic and foreign policies. This is part of the open society model. There is always room for goerge.
Pointing out that something can be improved is not the same as being against it. The book got over my head a tje towards the end.
I don’t know enough about Russia to follow a lot of the points made there. Overall, this is a great book for someone who is interested in what is currently happening in this country and the world and would like to know more.
Oct 09, Louis Lapides rated it it was ok. It was shocking to read how George Soros has no compunction about using his billions to create political global change. He’s a leftist version of Donald Trump in many ways on how he views the power his money has given him. I respect him for having passion for his causes and putting his money where his mouth is. However, I have serious issues with how much power one human being can have by using his money. In Soros spent millions to make sure George Bush was not re-elected.
There should be l It was shocking to read how George Soros has no compunction about using his billions to create political global change.
There should be laws against this kind of financial megalomania. The georgd was helpful in giving me insight into the skros of George Soros. His thought processes are unnecessarily cumbersome to understand. Mar 09, Hannes Andreas rated it it was amazing. I based part of my dissertation on this thing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book long ago and didn’t remember much about it. Other than maybe I thought Mr. Soros was a very successful person in the field of finance with serious aspirations of creating a legacy for himself as a modern-day philosopher. I re-read this book because Mr. Soros, quite frankly, worries me. The book georgge served to confirm my worst fears about the rapid pace of change in the world. It now reads, to me, a bit like Hitler’s Mein Kampf – a book I have read to about the half-way point.
In h I read this book long ago and didn’t remember much about it. In his book, Mr.
Soros is quite frank about wanting to change the leaning of the American media and describing how his numerous NGOs operate in the world.
He comes across as a sorow dictator intent on changing the world in his own image. Georgge is all well and good Mr. My point is that Hitler had his Lebensraum and was willing to destroy the world order to achieve it. Most troubling to me, was that Soros himself writing back in didn’t seem convinced that ordinary people would flourish in his Open Society.
He says, and I paraphrase, “that loneliness and feelings of inferiority could ensue Soros seems to want a world where freewill and dissent are to be encouraged, whilst being content to deny it to those that would argue against him. It makes me wonder if, at the age of 87, he isn’t losing control of his Open Society Foundation, to others geotge less well-intentioned objectives. Sep 01, Rajiv Chopra rated it really liked it Shelves: I do like this book, but I don’t think that it fallinility a fantastic book.
The abstract concepts at the start of the book are interesting and, I think, are valid. Also, I do like the manner in which George Soros links soross thought to his personal work. I do get the impression that he does walk the talk. He is willing to admit his own fallibility, and this is something I like. Yet, Soroa don’t quite understand how the book is all about the consequences of the war on terror.
His ideas around the ‘feel good’ an I do like this book, but I don’t think that it is a fantastic book. His ideas around the ‘feel soroos and ‘open’ societies are good, and and can be books in themselves. India, for instance, is not really an open society anymore. However, some more thoughts around the war on terror would have been welcome. Oct 21, Nicholas Whyte added it.
He is disarmingly frank about why he does it: First, I have developed a conceptual framework that has given me a certain understanding of history, and, in particular, pf I call far-from-equilibrium situations; second, I have a set of firm ethical and political beliefs; http: First, I have developed a conceptual framework that has given me a certain understanding of history, and, in particular, what I call far-from-equilibrium situations; second, I have a set of firm ethical and geoorge beliefs; and third, I have made a lot of money.
I’m not especially well placed to rate this in terms of academic content of originality; I never studied philosophy or politics, though I have been a practitioner of the latter, and I did scrape a little below the surface of the philosophy of science back in my historian days.
However it seems sound enough, particularly his linkage with and development of the notions of Karl Popper. Fallibilitu is certainly an awful lot more georye, as an analysis of human history, than Hari Seldon.
His exploration of the question of “What’s Wrong with America? He worries that America is so busy trying to feel good that it has lost any thirst for knowing the truth.
He thinks that America has difficulties dealing with death and his own shorter time horizon, since he is now seventy-five, is a recurrent theme in the book. He is appalled at the way America’s reputation in the world, and its ability to persuade others to its cause, have been destroyed by its own policy on falibility “war on terror” a concept which he dissects forensically. When he says that democracy will prevail, he really means that America will prevail.
But a democratic government off to gain the backing of the electorate and that is not necessarily the same as the backing of the United States.
The contradiction became evident in the recent elections in Egypt, and even more in Palestine. I think anyone who is seriously interested in fixing what’s wrong with the US should try and get hold of it. Anyone who liked Orwell’sor political writings by Chomsky or Vidal.