Profile for Post enlightenment > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Post enlightenment
Top Reviewer Ranking: 25,158
Helpful Votes: 253

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Post enlightenment "Rationalist" (London, England)

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3
pixel
Family Court HELL
Family Court HELL
by Mark Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The courts where some are more equal than others before the law, 17 Jun 2008
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Family Court HELL (Paperback)
The most elementary principle of justice in a democracy is that all are held to be equal in the eyes of the law. On the evidence of this book it is now abundantly clear that a father, far from being equal in disputes over access to his children, is held to be of no account in the secret family courts. He is liable to be dispossessed of all contact with his children at will by his former wife or partner on a whim or as part of a family feud. Mark Harris' one mistake was to marry into a family of vindictive sociopaths who forcibly abducted his wife and children and smashed up the family home. That he stayed in touch with those children and stuck it out through truly Kafkaesque abuse of legal process by the secret family courts and their corrupt mendacious judges, counsel and so called experts for 10 years, until the passage of time allowed his children to make their own choice, is a tribute to human endurance on a parallel with any other I have read about. The lengths the authorities went to in smearing and crushing the harmless organised protests that fathers in similar situations put on, show what kind of state we live in. This book is also a wake up call to defenders of civil liberties, people with whom I normally do not have much sympathy. It turns out that even the alleged plot to kidnap Leo Blair was probably put about by the security services. Was the so called desecration at Stonehenge a matter for grave disquiet? Not really; it was an imaginative publicity stunt and did no damage to the monument. Until the family courts are brought out into the light of day and scrutinised properly, the grave miscarriages of justice described in this book will continue. It used to be said that an Englishman's home was his castle until his wife decided to take it away from him. To that can now be added that his children are his own until the lady decides to remove them with the backing of the courts and legal establishment.


The New East End: Kinship, Race and Conflict
The New East End: Kinship, Race and Conflict
by Geoff Dench
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.44

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant follow up to the original classic, 16 Jun 2008
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very few sociologists have lived to follow an urban group for 50 years and trace the evolution of a community through the second half of the twentieth century, a period of convulsive change. What happened in this instance amounted to complete replacement of one group by another; something archaeologists usually have to infer from changes in pottery style but here studied in the lives of those affected by it. One reviewer refers in scathing terms to Theodore Dalrymple, the brilliant essayist and observer of the underclass, who demonstrates time and again how treating people as individual agents reveals far more about them statistical studies ever can (see his essay- 'How to read a society' in the wonderful collection 'Our culture what's left of it'). Anyone who disparages Dalrymple is no doubt part of the forces of cultural destruction that afflict modern Britain.
I can only recommend reading this book without being put off by the cries of anguish emanating from the politically correct Marxist establishment that dominates present day sociology in Britain.


Fantasy Island
Fantasy Island
by Dan Atkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.48

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on extract published in the Guardian, 18 May 2007
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Fantasy Island (Paperback)
Like Mark I have decided to buy this book on its title and summary alone. At last someone has noticed that we are living in cloud cuckoo land when it comes to assessing our status, economic viability and social stability as a small island nation. The extract in the Guardian contained many nuggets that make me want to read more like the fact that there are as many people in domestic service now proportionately as there were in 1860, and most graduates are doing jobs for which they are overqualified. I will report back when I have read the whole book.

PS.
I wrote the above in 2007 just before the crash and since then we have seen all or nearly all the book's predictions come to pass. We were living in a debt fuelled phantasy created for us by the exploitative greed of the bankers and the limitless naivety of the population and political classes. So now we are all paying for it. And what about the bankers? They are at it again and in pretty much the same way. Draw your own conclusions but mine is that we now firmly on the downward spiral that can only end in National defaults and sharply declining living standards for anyone who works and pays taxes. The super rich and the welfare dependant continue unscathed.


The Welfare State We're In
The Welfare State We're In
by James Bartholomew
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating analysis of a great failed experiment., 14 Dec 2006
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The introductory historical background section is worth the price of the book on its own. Bartholomew's account ot the 1830 poor law commission opened my eyes to the fact that we have been here before. As exhaustively detailed in the Royal commission's report (what tireless sociologists those Victorians were) the whole welfare dependency culture was well established in the early 19t century, with single parenthood and sturdy beggars preferring not to work as they could rely on the parish to support them. This was bought to an end by the reforms which included the work house and enforced adoption of the children of single mothers. Harsh but as it turned out highly effective. My only criticism of this book is in the chapter on health care where I find that the argument takes on the character of a polemic purely designed to denigrate the NHS. To balance this author's view on what privatisation does for medicine read Allyson Pollock's NHS,plc. So that is why I gave the book 4 stars. Never the less it is essential reading for understanding the rapid melt down of British society in the new millenium.


Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses
Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses
by Theodore Dalrymple
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.95

126 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately this is essential reading in Britain today, 17 April 2006
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Dalrymple (a nom de plume) analyses the anomie that has overtaken British culture(what little that is left of it) and attributes the decline of public and private morals to a combination of the ever growing power of the intellectual liberal left and the perverse generosity of the welfare state to those who are least deserving. The brilliance of his social observations, made while working as a prison psychiatrist (possibly in Birmingham- although that is never made explicit) and his currently unmatched skill as an essayist combine to give his writing a unique power and perspective. He has a huge following in the USA and chooses to publish his work there, which may explain why there are so few reviews on this site, compared to the scores on amazon.com.
Reading the British newspapers one comes across examples of the behaviors and life styles he describes every day of the week. Life at the bottom (the title of Dalrymple's other superb collection of essays) really is like that. Britain is now a crime ridden country where drugs and single parenthood/desertion are the lifestyle choice of most of our inner city dwellers whatever their racial origins. How has this come to pass in 50 years since the end of WWII, when Britain had the lowest crime rate and the highest employment rate in its history? No doubt the dystopian effects of welfare and the no-blame culture bear a high degree of responsibility; but I beg to suggest that Dalrymple does not give enough weight to the overwhelming, rapid and now total decline of mass employment opportunities in British manufacturing, which has now died so completely that we employ more people as museum attendants than we do in factories. Is his attribution of power to the leftist elite a kind of conspiracy theory? Well- maybe not; I for one choose not to make my name known as author of this review, since- being a prominent member of Dalrymple's profession still working in the UK I do not wish to come out just yet.
Read this book and despair. Then make plans to emigrate.
PS I asked TD himself at book launch about the decline in manufacturing as a contributor and he stuck to his line that it is the liberal left who have done most to destroy our society. At the time I found his response convincing but in retrospect still think that industrial collapse has a part to play. Discussions below about the Asian invasion are peripheral to the main thrust of the book which is emphatically not racist or anti immigration per se. Dalrymple has nothing but praise for the Asian family life values in contrast to their near total loss in the native underclass.
Comment Comments (15) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 22, 2011 7:04 PM BST


The Cognitive Style of Power Point
The Cognitive Style of Power Point
by Edward R. Tufte
Edition: Paperback

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and deeply disturbing pamphlet, 9 Mar 2004
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Edward R. Tufte in a 23 page pamphlet exposes the poverty of thought and outright confusion induced by using PowerPoint templates to present real world ideas. Anyone who has dozed off during or fled from a presentation based on what he calls PowerPointPhluff will recognise "The Dreaded Build Sequence", the arbitrarily small sized data table, the awfull chartjunk graph, the bullet point slide and so on. PowerPoint, he clearly shows was designed for sales pitch presentations. In a sentence he demolishes the most widely used presentation aid in use in commerce and science. "The cognitive syle characteristics of the standard default PP presentation: foreshortening of the evidence and thought, low spatial resolution, a deeply hierarchical single-path structure as the model for organising every type of content, breaking up of the narrative and data into slides and minimal fragments, rapid temporal sequencing of thin information rather than focussed spatial analysis, conspicuous decoration and Phluff, a preoccupation with format not content, and an attitude of commercialism that turns everything into a sales pitch." There are many hilarious illustrations including "The Gettysburg Address" as a PowerPoint Presentation. The deeply disturbing part is where he shows that the use of PP style by Boeing Engineers so obscured the data and its analysis that NASA executives failed to realise the imminent danger to the shuttle Columbia and allowed it to re-enter with resulting loss of the entire crew in the worst space disaster ever. Order directly from Graphics Press. You will never use a PowerPoint template again- ever!
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Feb 21, 2013 1:35 PM GMT


Page: 1 | 2 | 3