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A disappointment. I bought this book because it was mentioned ...
on 23 August 2014
A disappointment. I bought this book because it was mentioned in an article by George Monbiot. The analysis of 'where we are now' is occasionally insightful -- for instance in the author's suggestion that the moral paralysis affecting so many of us is because of the annihilation of the father figure as a supreme authority. But that example in itself points to one of the flaws in the book: Verhaeghe is apparently an orthodox Freudian, and I doubt whether many would now agree that Freud had the answers to our present dilemmas. Much of the rest of the of the ideas here are unremarkable, in fact verging on the bleedin' obvious, and don't go far enough. Another example: he blames us, citizens at large, for thinking of, say, bankers as supreme authorities. But, ask yourself, do we, really? Isn't the point rather that the powers that be, governments and the establishment, very much want us to swallow this belief for their own ends. Sorry. This is a well-meaning piece of work that needs a more imaginative and far-reaching vision.