First off, I want to sincerely thank John for his other books, namely, 'Confessions of an Economic Hitman' and 'The Secret History of the American Empire.' But, here is where I must bid adieu to his understanding of reality. We all hate the dark underbelly of civilization. John blames America and capitalism. However, in his quest to form a coherent alternative to modern society, his book spirals out into a delusional utopia.
Folks, if you loved his book, then it's because you have a big heart and for that I won't blame you. However, please realize where this line of thinking really takes you. The alternative to money and voluntary trade....is brute force. Societies that reject money have not found a better way to value human action. Good will? Power and force ALWAYS fill the vacuum and become the currency. Then human beings are DEVALUED as a result.
John sympathizes with Somali pirates and finds terrorism excusable. John applauds South American efforts to give plants equal rights with human beings enforceable by law. John torpedoes Bill Gates and other wealthy philanthropists as frauds (their charity doesn't count because their are capitalists). John admires authoritarian China where diversity is buried beneath a billion people of a single race. In the end, I hear John's invocation of human passion...something that sounds wonderful, but historically has served as an excuse to reject rationality in order to use FORCE against those you oppose.
Yes, as our world becomes more complex, the less we will understand all the moving parts. We all wake up, look out our window, and see the world in a snapshot. We see bad things and want to change them. But I beg intelligent people everywhere, do not embrace primitivism as this book suggests.
We're not being 'hoodwinked'...we are part of a global civilization than John has clearly rejected.
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