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It is imperative that you read this book!,
This review is from: Uncommon Sense: State is Out of Date (Mass Market Paperback)
I have read this book many times since I first became aware of its existence through a "chance" (I should say "chaotic") meeting with the author in India. That was 1997... since when I have lived under the rule several different 'states', dealt frequently with their various bureaucracies & immigration restrictions and encountered a universal belief in that nation's superiority. With each time I return to the book, therefore, it seems sharper and yet more relevant. Whether or not you come to the same conclusions as Greg Sams, you can hardly fail to acknowledge the many worsening symptoms of the societal sickness he describes.
With a background in physics & systems engineering, I am not one to be readily swayed by pseudoscience - it is refreshing, therefore, that Greg proposes the solid ground of Chaos Theory as the means to analyse the complex human relations that make up society. It is crucial to his argument that we appreciate that human beings, as part of the wider universe, do not follow Newtonian determinism but rather should be viewed as a naturally free-operating system. Sadly we are suffering from anachronistic attempts to impose order from above. In engineering, we would rarely opt for an 18th century solution to a 21st century set of problems... but in politics this is exactly what is being done the world over. This book will show you how and go a long way to explain why. It is up to you what you choose to do about it.
If I have one criticism, it is that reading this book has made it very difficult for me to bury my head in the sand and watch the mess-makers trying to steer us to a better life through taxation. Perhaps it is true that 'ignorance is bliss'... the state would certainly like us to think so!
Uncommon Sense is well written, frank and passionate without becoming vitriolic. It is an entertaining read that should make you laugh, unless you happen to be working for the Inland Revenue. I would certainly recommend buying it, mainly because it will contribute to the successful system that is the global business community.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2010 18:18:51 BDT
Gregory Sams says:
Lovely review 'Bomble' John. I expect we may have met at a good party back in 1997, and glad we did. Hope you know about my new book: Sun of gOd, Discover the Self-Organizing Consciousness that Underlies Everything. It does for organized religion what Uncommon Sense does for politics, if you get what I mean.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2010 15:18:19 GMT
I do know about your book (we're connected on Facebook) but I have yet to read it. I shall try to rectify that situation ASAP!
See you at Younger Brother 18.11.10 at Electric Ballroom ???
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