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Mostly a summary of our current problems
on June 3, 2014
Charles Hugh Smith gives a good and insightful summary of the larger problems of Western Civilization. I would recommend the book for this analysis alone. It is a summary I wish I could have read 10 or 15 years ago, if only because it could have helped me to know the extent of widespread corruption and creaming off of middle class wealth that is typical of almost every politician, and large business or banking executive.
The "What we can do about it" portion was a bit disappointing. It assumes that our current civilization can be preserved indefinitely in its same form, more or less, and perhaps just needs a bit of fixing. Maybe if we all voted more intelligently, boycotted products of large corporations, etc, things could be better.
That said, I am not sure anyone has a clear and concise summary of what could be done to repair the corruption and decay all around us. When this sort of thing happened to the Roman Empire, the resolution was a few centuries of Dark Ages, followed by a few more centuries of Middle Ages, liberally scattered through with wars and pestilences of various types.
Summary: A pretty good book about the troubles, not much insight into how to fix them. I would still recommend it.