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Do We Need a New Fordism ?

This year, Orson has chosen the book _Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity _by Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson published in 2023 by Basic Books, for its in-depth analysis of technological transition from economic, social, and political perspectives, as well as the best ways to harness these changes for the common good.

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The New Finesse Spirit

Orson has chosen The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Creates Conflict by Mark Leonard, published in 2021 by Bantam Press, for its insightful analysis of emerging forms of conflict in a world where boundaries appear increasingly narrow. The author paves the way for a resurgence of nuanced thought, urging elites to transcend the constraints of Cold War-era thought patterns and to forge a leadership suited to an era where connectivity is synonymous with hostility.

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Pole Position Mastery

Orson has chosen Ezra Klein's book, Why We're Polarized, published by Simon & Schuster in January 2020, for its sharp analysis of the polarization phenomenon at play in our societies. Last year, Jonathan Rauch provided an opportunity to demonstrate that the ideal of a "Constitution of Knowledge" should inspire elites. This year, Ezra Klein sheds light on the social mechanisms hindering a clear understanding of reality and urges us to overcome them. A cultural and institutional reform is now essential for achieving depolarization.

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Truth is Everybody's Business

Five years ago, Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential elections, the Leave.EU campaign resulted in Brexit, and "post-truth" became the word of the year in 2016. In times of crisis, conspiracy theories flourish, and citizens are more distrustful than ever of shared horizons. In The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth, American essayist Jonathan Rauch brilliantly demonstrates that reality not only demands honest minds capable of discovering it but also requires a community capable of mobilizing to acknowledge it.

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