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My New Book has been just published 게시판 내용보기
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My new book is just published. I received some copies from the publisher today. They said it would be available on bookstores from Monday next week. This book discusses the issue of Sustainable Future of human kind on this planet, especially in the time when its population has already passed over 7 billon.


The starting question of the book is related to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015, but its discussion is unfolding on the author's distinct perspective without direct relevance to the 17 SDGs. I think the 17 SDGs are a crude arrangement of parallel goals without a focus.


It starts with the question of overpopulation on this planet, which had been a serious development issue until the 1980s, but has been largely neglected since then due to the new phenomenon of so-called "Demographic Cliff" in advanced countries. It raises the argument that we should correctly examine the complexity of the population issue.


On the one side, the overpopulation of the earth seriously poses heavy challenges for the human kind, even threatening the survival of all the living things on this globe. It is the main cause of the shortage of the natural resources, lands and foods, and environmental degradation leading to the climate change.


In this context, this book recalls and reviews "the Limits to Growth" argument raised by the 1972 Club of Rome report. The 1972 report raised the question on the carrying capacity of this globe. My book reviews their argument as an extended argument of the dismal Malthus population theory, some 200 years ago.


On the other side, the Democratic Cliff of the advanced countries, which presumes abrupt reduction of the population in many developed countries, also poses serious challenges to human life. My book argues that this phenomenon itself is also a part of the "Limits to Growth" problem, since it is rising from the spontaneous responses of the people to their worsening life conditions especially in advanced countries, which confronted the limits to growth in the front line.


I see that the former issue of global overpopulation and the latter issue of demographic cliff are each related to the hardware and software problems of the current human society.    


Then, it discusses a wide range of issues threatening our stable life more in detail. The story first goes through an overview of the historical successes of the human kind for its survival against competition with other species, and an overview of the rapid expansion of production and consumption after the Industrial Revolution. It sees that these successes of human kind have brought unexpected reactions or side effects, ultimately leading to the new problem of the Limits to Growth.


Then it reviews the malfuction of Capitalism, which is dubbed by the author as the only dominant operating system of the present world since the collapse of the rival Socialism. The issues discussed here are: Free competition running into unlimited and unfair competition, Oversupply of industries that lays the basis of serious depression currently, and the Speculative economy that causes the "bubbles" and the intermittent burst of the whole world market. It also discusses the issue of worsening Inequality and Poverty.


In addition, it explores the issue of environmental degradation and ensuing crises such as Climate change and Biodiversity. Finally I discuss the weakness of World Governance in this globalized and turbulent "World Without World Government", and suggest that we definitely need a harmonious world government to monitor and control the human crisis.


My ultimate argument is that "Coexistence" is the key to survival: Coexistence between all human kinds as well as between man and the nature. I tried to suggest how we can cope with the limits to growth and pursue the sustainable life of all living things on this planet. I believe in the value and real power of capitalist market system, but I believe that moderated and harmonized competition is desperately needed since human kind cannot survive without cooperation. Unregulated competition will make the human society a brutal jungle, in which everyone fight against everyone for survival, but which will ultimately lead to the mutual destruction of all the competitors.


In this respect, I argue that we should depart from the Neoliberalism now and adopt a new principle of “Warm Capitalism" which is based on Coexstence. Also, I see the "Green Growth" as the feasible solution to cope with the limits to growth and climate change. Biodiversity is another axis for our coexistence.


The title of the book literally translated from Korean is "A Seven-billion Star (A Planet with Seven Billion Human Population): Human Kind in Crisis - Is there Sustainable Future?".


Three distinguished academicians in Korea gave me very encouraging comments and wrote recommendations for this book. They say in common that this book is exploring a very broad range of serious issues in plain and easy-to-read texts, in a distinct and consistent perspective of the author, on solid academic background as well as field experiences. I really appreciate their kind comments and warm friendship. I wish to make an English version soon, but when? It's a voluminous book with a total of 550 pages.


- Wrote on LinkedIn on September 23, 2016


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