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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, 13 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Web Of Deceit: Britain's Real Foreign Policy: Britain's Real Role in the World (Paperback)
Doesn't make comfortable reading for those who believe the government hype and the propaganda of the media.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2009, 16:18:59 GMT
pikeman says:
...presumably that doesn't mean you Mr Alan?
Question : if someone believes the "hype" and "propaganda" are they likely to buy/read this book?
No - it's preaching to the converted.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2009, 14:43:58 BST
J. Alan says:
I want to believe ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011, 10:41:09 BST
Last edited by the author on 2 Jun 2011, 11:04:55 BST
Unfortunately Mr Alan, your desire to "believe" in the inherent evil of your own society is both typical of the 'liberal left' and also contributing to the decline/decay of the Western World; which in turn reinforces the sometimes appalling behaviour which you then so rightly condemn. Example:- Western multi-national companies today clearly exploit the cheap labour available in the Third World, first by building technically backward but financially rewarding factories 'over there' which exploit that cheap labour and secondly; by importing immigrants by the millions to undercut wages 'here' in the West by artificially creating mass unemployment. I suggest that it was in fact Capitalist exploitation of well meaning but flawed left-wing 'belief' in International Development Aid and doctrines such as "One race, the human race" which originally enabled the 'Multi-National' Corporations to behave so badly in the first place.

Had those same left-wing idealists in the 1950/60's admitted they could do little about Third World conditions but concentrated on bettering conditions for their own working classes 'here' by forbidding both mass immigration at home and investment abroad, Western Capitalism would have been forced to develop more efficient high-tech production methods simply to compensate for the labour shortage, as happened in Japan. This would have enabled Western industry to remain the highly advanced wealth creating machine it once was, rather than the trade centred, exploitative, low wage disgrace it has become.

To conclude, Western Society is no more inherently evil than the ancient Romans or modern Red China; it is however currently in the grip of two apparently opposed but actually self-reinforcing ideologies, the combined effects of which now threaten to bring the same destruction/collapse down upon us that Soviet Russia endured some twenty years ago. These ideologies are well meaning but misguided liberal/socialism and short sighted exploitative capitalism.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2012, 22:37:46 BST
You are quite right Mr Bradbury, but of course the British will have to learn the hard way

Posted on 8 Apr 2012, 07:41:03 BST
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2012, 07:41:32 BST
J. Alan says:
Can't make an omelette without breaking eggs - can't create an empire just with flowers and kisses

All empires had sides they'd rather conceal (by re-writing history often)
Ancient Athens was not much different, nor Persia, Egypt, Spain etc.
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