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Sassafras, Australia

  • 3 reviews
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  • 34 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David C. Korten
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Korten argues that global corporate consolidation of power is but one manifestation of what he calls "Empire", the organization of society by hierarchies of dominance that have held sway for the past 5,000 years. Empire has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few. Now it threatens the very future of humanity. The Great Turning traces the ancient roots of Empire and charts its long evolution from monarchies to the transnational institutions of the global economy.

    Rob says: "Wakeup call"
    "Extremely insightful and enlightening"
    Where does The Great Turning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best in the genre of analysiing and bringing to the fore the historic, social, psychological and many other root causes for the mess we are in and provides very much spot on recommendations on how to fix the mess we are in.
    This book is highly recommended to anyone trying to understand and see the light at the end of the tunnel of where we should head. But also should be compulsory reading for all economcis and law students (often part of the elite), an all in political and economic power (they will likely hate it).

    What does Sandra Swafford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I just live Audio books

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From 5000 years of domination by empire to real communities and democracy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Green Done: Hard Truths From the Frontlines of Sustainability Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Auden Schendler
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Soccer moms drive Priuses. Sport utility vehicles are going hybrid. Families are using hemp shopping bags. More and more companies are developing "green" buildings. What's more, the business consultants say going green is easy and profitable. In reality, though, many green-leaning businesses, families, and governments are still fiddling with the small stuff while the planet burns. Why?

    Martin says: "Green's Dirty Little Secrets"
    "Nice but misses the real issues"
    Would you try another book from Auden Schendler and/or Walter Dixon?

    This is just another book about how existing systems and institutions will be able to overcome the mess we are in, not realising that the systems and insitution of empire and capitalism are at the heart of the problems and unless we completely change that around we are doomed one way or another.

    What was most disappointing about Auden Schendler’s story?

    He is living in his own elite world in the clouds at Aspen ski resort, removed from reality of the real issues and greening the current economy does not achieve much, and will be way to little far too late and just prolongs the suffering for the rest of us (the 99%).

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth reading unless you think everything is gonna bee OK with business as usual.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Michael Greer
    • Narrated By Tony Craine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The industrial age made possible by fossil fuels will surely decline as these fuels run out. In The Ecotechnic Future John Michael Greer alerts the listener to possible changes future generations may face as these dwindling fuel supplies lead first to a deindustrial age, then to a society which salvages the remnants of our current plenty, and eventually to a time in which people may learn to live in balance with the environment: an ecotechnic society.

    michael thummel says: "A possible future?"
    "In depth evolutionary & historic view of our futur"
    What did you love best about The Ecotechnic Future?

    This is a wide reaching historic and evolutionary account and view of human endevours with a view to show that we are heading for the cliff, nature does not care, but that we should change course completely for our own sake. Should be read by anyone who has some sanity left

    What other book might you compare The Ecotechnic Future to and why?

    Eaarth, The Great Turning,

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of it is really scary and hard hitting stuff, which is hard to stomach

    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely worth every minute

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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