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William F. Buckley,
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Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end. Written by
Although I dearly wished it were not the case, the title gives it away. If you are a freshman in college or have just discovered Chomsky, you will be thrilled to be told that you are one of the few enlightened individuals that know humanity is doomed. Otherwise, you will be bored.
The documentary is not informative. It divides the world into those that know better and those that, presumably, must be coerced into behaving properly. It ignores the billions of complementary/conflicting interests that drive humanity. It ignores the accomplishments of every day labor. It ignores the achievements of empathy and solidarity. It ignores discoveries and breakthroughs of exceptional minds. It ignores the fruits of cooperation. It ignores reality.
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