Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2014
Well-researched, well-written, well-read. The book covers every important area of the USA that is in the current events, every major problem of the existing democracy, every cause of the problems, and gives many good solutions.
The news report on the Baltimore, et al, police brutalities could have been a lot more kind and compassionate. The program presented the word thug and looked at its origins, implying almost directly that the blacks who have suffered from years of oppression by the whites, whether majority or minority, were nothing but thugs. The next day, May 2, Marco was interviewing a woman who was campaigning to get business ads less focused on a perfect woman's body image, as most women are far, far from perfect and ads like this constantly forced on them can cause mental health problems of all kinds. Marco showed little sympathy for her cause, simply saying there was no comment from one company, and then quickly changing the subject to a new battery that could store solar power for Marco's house.
The BBC Newshour has much better comments, more understanding, kind, and compassionate, what I could call wiser, because its commenters are of a different make than a rich kid, and the BBC is more careful with its selection of commenters.
Yes, Marco Werman's lack of compassion sparked anger, sadness, and disappointment in my heart.
Dr. Sachs wrote Common Wealth, and I liked it, but The Price of Civilization, about the USA is really, really depressing. He's right, the facts are true, his conclusions are true, but it was so depressing. There don't seem to be any solutions. I just read the first half, and gave up.
The previous reviews criticized this Professor for talking about experiments to study behavior, said that the experiments weren't relevant, and said that the Professor's statements were not true. I found the same thing, but I need self-control too much to give it short shrift. When I listened to the last three half-hour lectures, I found that I could go back to the beginning of the course and listen to it straight though, I could understand it, and it was very helpful to me. The professor says that people who are more successful, richer, and more healthy, had a greater degree of self-control and ability to delay gratification for greater rewards, from their earlier days. That same author says that one can learn to get enough rest and relaxation, food and calories, before making decision behaviors, and that self-control is like a muscle that improves with use. Also, he says that violent people have less self control. So, I suppose you could say that people can learn to get enough rest and relaxation, food and calories, before the occasion presents itself of being violent or committing a crime. Perhaps this understanding could help people in areas of the world who are plagued by violence and war, to have peaceful outcomes, such as Israel, where life has been a never-ending nightmare.
From the beginning, Professor Blinder makes false assertions and follows them with confusing, complicated statistics which fail to prove his assertions. For example, he states that no one in the world predicted the housing bubble. Then he describes the real price changes on houses, which he says went up far too fast. Lot's of people knew that the savings and loan associations had fallen from a burst bubble, and then the internet companies. Anyone who went shopping for a house could tell you that houses were overpriced, decrepit, and poorly maintained and not worth the price. The investment company wheelers and dealers were making a fortune in fees selling the houses, but lots of people realized they were being deceived and had no choice but to buy at high prices. Houses never go up in value. Houses depreciate from the time they are built, just as cars do. People were buying houses without realizing that businessmen were in a frenzy of automating jobs and laying off workers, who then couldn't pay their mortgage payments. Professor Blinder is blind to all of this, and asserts that government was unable to properly regulate the housing market, and that was the cause of the crash. Wrong on so many counts. I worked for Citi's subsidiary Primeamerica briefly, refinancing housing loans with a claim that the owner of the house would pay less if he bought with fees a loan from Primeamerica. We were trained to lie to the owner, and not give them the statistics on the price of the loan until the minute they signed for the loan. Citi was slipping millions in campaign donations to our representatives to pass bills that ignored the whole problem. That is just one example of Professor Blinder's false assertions, saying that government regulators caused the bursting of the bubble. Don't buy this book. Don't give it the time of day.
Yes. It was very helpful for me as an Audible listener. It shows some things that sometimes slip our minds when we exposed to a barrage of opinions every day in the newspaper we have chosen from Audible, such as the opinions of the Wall Street Journal or New York Times. The author says to remember who they work for as we begin to read their material, which is sooo true.
Although in the format of a college great course book, it was short enough (one hour) that I didn't lose attention and abandon it. I have a short attention span when it comes to college courses and college lectures.
Audible should give this book for free as a customer perk, because it is very helpful in selecting the books one will buy and listen to in the future. Customers can come back to this book over and over again, for guidance and inspiration in their reading explorations.
World War II
Before you ever make a comment on a blog or facebook again, about politics, about the USA, about its history of military actions around the world, please, read this book. It will change your mind for the better, and help you understand the USA so much better. Promise.
The things that he says are not healthy for human beings to believe. The author is living in a fantasy world.
The author starts by saying he is comparing C.S.Lewis with Sigmund Freud. He quotes Freud's letters and finds all of his human faults, and says that proves Freud was wrong about his views of God. I have read Freud's books, not his letters, and find his books inspiring of further study in psychology and very descriptive of the processes of the mind and thought, which it was Freud's intent to do. I thought this author's descriptions of Freud extremely irrational and prejudiced. I would not buy or read this book, but, instead, buy and read Freud's books about psychoanalysis and other things, following your curiousity thru all of Freud's books. They are awesome. This author of "The Question of God" is not.
Clearly, the police began murdering striking platinum miners in South Africa, without provocation, and were in the wrong. Clearly, they were ordered to do this by the UK CEO. Clearly USA car makers in Detroit who need the platinum for pollution control devices currently used on all vehicles pressured him into the murders. Yet, the BBC Newshour reported none of this. From the BBC report, which is a mess of confusing statements, the real cause was workers demanding safer working conditions or double their wages. Now the BBC has joined industry in the murder of workers, and I will never listen to its news report again in the same way.
Yesterday, Aug. 20, 2012, The World reported on the slaughter of South African platinum miners protesting their unsafe working conditions and low wages. The slaughter was caused by a UK accountant in charge of the Lonmin Mining Company, and motivated by the pressure of USA and Japanese auto makers for platinum to be cheap so they can use it for devices of vehicles that cut emissions of poisonous materials from their exhaust as they move. The World reported only that the miners fired on police first, which clearly wasn't true, from viewing the pictures and video clips. I will never forgive the World and the USA for this great evil. Let the world's people never forget it.
The USA is doing many grave evils in the world today, as in its past, and if our news media never reports the truth and the true causes of this behavior, it will never end. Human civilization cannot continue on this planet in such a state of suffering. The news media is responsible.
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