Disguised as a religious sermon, holding an illuminating wealth of knowledge for those capable of understanding the hidden meaning. It is historically common for such knowledge to be passed down this way to avoid persecution from faith based religions such as during the times of the inquisition or the crusades of christianity that swept through Europe and the middle east and as far as the Americas slaughtering millions of innocents in the name of faith.
The story starts of strong, immersing the listener into the depths of the futuristic empirical world of Asimov's Foundation with a bang. That being said, it tends to dwindle towards the end at times coming in and out again here and there. The first part of the book was definitely the best part.
Nothing against him personally but his voice was fairly high pitched and nasally which I don't know if it was just a bad recording or and older recording or what-not but it surely tended to grate on the nerves over time making this a listen to enjoy in sparing intervals.
There is much to be learned from Asimov's Foundation from the standpoint of its political and social-economic structure as a whole as I believe it is safe to say that we ourselves may now be facing a true
The core fundamentals and concepts addressed in Asimov's Foundation are of great appeal as they address issues relevant to the situation we now face in our own history as a civilization. The political structure of the foundation is based on a true meritocracy where those wise and learned of society (the most meritorious) are allowed to hold political offices and through their intellect and wisdom are able to overt terrible catastrophes of the future. This of course, is an ideal political structure but it is nothing new. The ideas based of liberty, justice and free trade are similar to those expressed in Plato's Republic, of which were largely adopted by the founding fathers of The Republic of The United States of America, which sadly is no more but has instead been replaced by a doppelgänger now referred to as a Democracy. This new system, while greatly reducing individual freedoms, liberty, justice and free trade, allows 51 percent of the popular vote to lead the minority and don't even need an education to do so. It is a system mostly designed to benefit the upper class, who through providing fear and misinformation to the populace are able to control the popular vote and remain in power. Fed by mass consumerism and a widely corrupt banking system, it's politicians can be bought by corporate interests through lobbyists who will actually get their political contributions returned back to them in the form of bailout bonds purchased by unwitting tax payers. As you can see, our civilization may well be facing such a crisis now as outlined in Asimov's Foundation.
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