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This scraped up to two stars due to the mid ...
on 24 June 2015
This scraped up to two stars due to the mid section of the book which described in "seven circles" the state of contemporary life. This section was well written (or translated?) and carried a mythic quality in the proper meaning of mythic. It was a poetic revelation of how we live. In some way this is the burden of the book and it rings true. What is wrong then is the vacuity of thought before and after the description of the world. The authors drew no lessons and fail miserably to find a solution beyond a romantic destruction based on "communes", which would inevitably self-destruct or become repressive themselves. The paucity of thought is summarised in the view that the" economy is the crisis". Economies exist, get over it "invisible committee". The crisis is not a system, its human beings failing to grasp life. The solutions border on the inane ramblings of a conspiracy theorist with an "us and them" attitude aimed at anyone that is not acceptable to the authors. The first section written whilst the authors were in prison awaiting trial is a big time wimp out, and references as a symptom of the decline of our civilisation that people now can only afford to take holidays with (horror of horrors) budget airlines! Get real IC. Armchair revolutionaries advocating sanitised violence.