This book by Ivan Krastev came to me by way of a holiday present. It isn’t a lengthy work at around 120 pages, but Krastev is a well-respected international analyst out of Bulgaria who makes the most of each page to drive home his assessment about the European - and the world-at-large - situation.
I took away four key points from this book:
Migration Is The New Form Of Revolution - I’d never viewed migration in these terms. People are changing their world with their feet rather than by force of arms. There is strong logic behind this point.
Tech Is Another Form Of Revolution - Krastev hints at this but I think it is a natural conclusion. How many apps do you have on your phone that were created because someone didn’t like the political or economic system they were faced with?
Elites Relate More To Other Elites Instead of Other Classes - Elites view themselves more as a citizen of a class rather than place. A one-percenter or politico has more in common with another one-percenter or politico on the other side of the planet than they do with someone on the poorer side of their town.
Sacrifice Is A Lost Art - Toward the end of the book, Krastev talks about how a person use to have to sacrifice to climb up the professional or economic ladder. That’s not true anymore and one reason people feel elites are out of touch (and they are) is because elites never sacrifice. They have no real skin in the game.
I found these four points to be the ones that will stick with me the most over time. Like I said, this isn’t a lengthy read but a compelling one. Thanks to my friend for this gift that rates 5 of 5 on the rating scale.