Saturday, 26 March 2016

Documentary: "The Crisis of Civilization"

Based on the 2010 book "A User's Guide on the Crisis of Civilization and How to Save It", from Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, this dark and instructive documentary attempts to explain the different problems happening at the same time in our world nowadays. 

As a starting point, Ahmed introduces two important figures in the international relations arena - Samuel Huntington and Francis Fukuyama. The first wrote, in 1990, "The Clash of Civilizations" and the latter, wrote in 1992, "The End of History and The Last Man". These two pieces of work have given different forecasts for the future in our society. Today, when we see the direction our world has taken, we see how Huntington's predictions were correct. 

But what went wrong? How did we get here? How can we revert this system?

Climate change, energy, food scarcity and security, free-market economy, terrorism and foreign policy are compromising our future. According to the author, traditional policy responses towards the escalation of these crisis have been inefficient and insufficient because they are largely viewed as separate process rather than an interconnected big bubble.

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