The book builds up to Hari’s ultimate theory for why we have all these attentional problems: it’s capitalism itself! Our blinkered focus on economic growth, Hari writes, puts us in a rat-race that ruins the workings of our brains. We should abandon the idea of growth, he argues, and aim for what the economic anthropologist Jason Hickel calls a “steady-state economy”.
Yeah, OK, looking around for a guru to lead you through the intricacies of economics, fair enough. But how stupid do you have to be to go pick Hickel?