Minutes later, Brzezinski received another call: The early-warning system actually showed 2, missiles heading toward the United States. An early warning training tape generating indications of a large-scale Soviet nuclear attack had somehow transferred to the actual early warning network, which triggered an all-too-real scramble. He even made a midnight phone call to Pope John Paul II whose visit to Poland in had foreshadowed the emergence of Solidarity warning him in advance. The U. After power[ edit ] Brzezinski left office concerned about the internal division within the Democratic party, arguing that the dovish McGovernite wing would send the Democrats into permanent minority. Ronald Reagan invited him to stay on as his National Security Adviser, but Brzezinski declined, feeling that the new president needed a fresh perspective on which to build his foreign policy.
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A simple internet search will reward an interested reader further on the aforementioned, which usually revolves around the promise that the book yields insights into shadowy-elite philosophizing for a dystopic future world order. The book is a fascinating, yet highly dated glimpse of what might be called elitist philosophy. Page numbers are in parenthesis. The Technetronic age is that which is created by the theoretical Technetronic Revolution.
It certainly is not a work of political science. So, what is the book all about? The Technetronic Revolution is described as the imminent third revolution in society following the agrarian and then industrial revolutions. Talent becomes the new power: Intelligence, technological innovation and progress dwarf social status and prestige.
This revolution takes place at a time when mankind is growing more unified due to common perceptions of ethics and liberty, yet also more fragmented due to the Cold War — thereby creating the friction within which change will occur. So, how will life be in the Technetronic era? This fits in with Marx, for example, who supposed mankind was malleable and perfectible. The difference is that Marx hypothesised that mankind would find perfection in the artificially created communist state, not in what appears to be a scientific dictatorship.
Brzezinski expresses a notable admiration for Marx, devoting a substantial chunk of the book to commentary on the communist question. It would seem logical to assume that Brzezinski was somehow attempting to modernise elements of Socialist doctrine to accommodate the advances society has made in the years since Marx wrote.
Brzezinski hails socialism as applied in the Western world, not in the USSR as a Janus faced beast caught in a paradox; it could be a threat due to 1 fragmentation without it, or 2 be the root of excessive state control over its citizens. Socialism for Brzezinski has been directionless and the In essence, it seems that the Technetronic revolution will enable the scientific elite to steer the society effectively without the meddlesome presence of such drawbacks as workers unions and diversity of thought and action.
This process is exacerbated and possibly caused by the strength and dominance of the USA. Rivals want to compete with America, but can only do so by working together.
As ever, what happens in America happens in the world, and Brzezinski maintains that the Technetronic revolution will export automatically on this premise. That being said, the passage is clearly written as a warning of the dangers of the type of development a Technetronic revolution could bring — and therefore the attention generated is usually due to the passage being taken out of context.
The Technetronic revolution is not, contrary to wide belief, a prescription for some kind of revolutionary stateless world, or one world order devoid of the much-maligned international anarchy that IR classrooms and ivory tower dwellers discuss daily.
Rather, it is a recipe for a conglomerate of individual devolved units comprising of elements of developed nations the scientific elite within those nations who have ascended through their own triumph in technology and innovation to Technetronic status. The poorer areas of the Earth are presumably left out of the equation… in fact the third world is dubbed the victim of the technetronic revolution by Brzezinski. All in all, taken as a 40 year old idea that has not been in print for 30 years I will leave that for others to assume why it is more than of passing interest when viewing the 21st Century world we live in today.
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