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Posted February 19, 2013
I found this book riveting. Sardonic, at limes deeply funny in s
I found this book riveting. Sardonic, at limes deeply funny in spite of the subject matter, it struck a chord with me. I have well-educated friends who believe that airplane contrails are really deadly chemtrails; last week I had a conversation with a very smart, well-educated woman who seemed to have her feet on the ground until in a discussion of global warming, said, "My god would never let global warming happen." Talk about wishful thinking!
Many people will dismiss this book as the pessimism of a crank. I thought it was hard to refute most of his conclusions. It's hard to avoid thinking that what he's describing is another bubble -- maybe more long-lasting than the housing bubble, the tulip bubble (the Dutch some centuries ago), the South Seas bubble, and every other ponzi scheme the gullible humans have fallen for. -- but a bubble doomed to burst sooner or later.
I recently spent time in Turkey and was struck by the realization that this land area has lived through the rise and fall of at least 5 empires. Other ciultures have an innate understanding of the rise -- and fall -- of empires. We in America can only think about the rise. Any talk of the fall, which will happen at some point, creates something close to hysteria. This book was a good corrective to that sort of thinking.
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Posted July 18, 2012
Worth reading if you enjoy an eloquent curmudgeon. More opinion than research, unlike TLE, but it also puts together a coherent argument.
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