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Posted July 28, 2012
Interesting and scary...
Anyone following the political and economic events over the past decades will find themselves immersed in a scenario that is all too real and has the potential to become fact if people don't wake up and realize this could come true. As stated in the book, what happens is the result of 'doing stupid'. The only downside were some typos and the over use of the exclamation point at the end of a lot of sentences. If you can get by these, you will find yourself immersed in the story.
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Posted March 30, 2013
First, about the reviewer: fiscally conservative, socially liber
First, about the reviewer: fiscally conservative, socially liberal but oppose the nanny state, engineer. Probably more of a libertarian. I've read books of the genre off and on for many years. Recent ones include 1 second after and Rohan Nation and War 2020. Before that and during the cold war On the Beach, Level 7, and others.
Once you get past some of the opening rhetoric at the beginning it is a good read. It is a bit optimistic meaning it is not as dismal as 1 second after. While not a conspiracy theory buff I wondered about the relationship between the CAL (Citizens Army for Liberation) and TSA. One can also draw parallels to the Euro crises and in particular the Cyprus solutions implemented by the financial elites versus the liberal elites to some of the financial story telling in "Darth of Civilization" On the other hand one can also draw parallels to the behavior of the "conservative elites" from 2000-2008 to the under mining of personal freedoms.
I will have to go back and re-read Atlas Shrugged since that is the first survivalist / withdrawal from a collapsing economic system to see if the core theme is carried forward. When you put this theme in the context of Excavating LA, Mike Davis, who is a self-profess Marxist scholar, the behavior of people during Katrina, Hurriacane Sandy, and the great Northeast Corridor power outage there is strong case made for being prepared. Read the book in this context and you find a lot of good advice. I probably should also go back and re-read Lord of the Flies. The bottom line to my way of thinking that this genre is probably closer to the truth in the long run than Orwell's 1984 or Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. I do recommend reading the book since it is a good thought provoker.
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