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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideas from the Global Village
In this book, Mason provides incredible insights into the origins of the popular uprisings. And what's most important, he shows us how it's happening. By understanding the how and why of revolution in so many different cultures, we can gain valuable ideas for making positive change right here in the U.S. This is a fast-paced read that will make you want to get off your...
Published on February 16, 2012 by TLS

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay . . . But Not Sterling.
Paul Mason turns in a good work here. Good. But not great.

Good because he offers compelling descriptions of the events of Arab Spring 2011. As a journalist, his recount of these incidents should be good.

But this is not a great work because of his insistence on using economic theory, sometimes inaccurately, and history to explain the foundations and...
Published on February 23, 2012 by Richard Telofski


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideas from the Global Village, February 16, 2012
This review is from: Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (Paperback)
In this book, Mason provides incredible insights into the origins of the popular uprisings. And what's most important, he shows us how it's happening. By understanding the how and why of revolution in so many different cultures, we can gain valuable ideas for making positive change right here in the U.S. This is a fast-paced read that will make you want to get off your ass and join your brothers and sisters around the world! Highly recommended.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay . . . But Not Sterling., February 23, 2012
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This review is from: Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (Paperback)
Paul Mason turns in a good work here. Good. But not great.

Good because he offers compelling descriptions of the events of Arab Spring 2011. As a journalist, his recount of these incidents should be good.

But this is not a great work because of his insistence on using economic theory, sometimes inaccurately, and history to explain the foundations and future direction of the worldwide protest movements of 2011. His economics "takes a walk" periodically by offering various monetary policy theories as the reasons behind the Arab Spring uprisings. Specifically he cites the American quantitative easing (QE2) policy of 2011 as a direct cause. He neglects to mention, however, that the U.S. has had other periods of quantitative easing when no such rebellions have occurred.

His use of 19th-century European revolutions as a parallel and therefore predictor of the 2011 movement outcomes is interesting, but not entirely applicable as even he himself admits in various parts of the book.

Much of the book is good, objective reporting; yet some of it comes across as dreary Marxian polemic.

The book for me, however, was interesting in the sense that it provides food for thought, and although I don't agree with Mr. Mason's outlook, his opinions do serve to stimulate intellectual curiosity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ball in Many Courts?, April 4, 2013
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This review is from: Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (Paperback)
This is a clever book with a good description of how revolution and social media expose truth and fuel revolution globally, and the ball of change is at the feet of many sportsperson seeking a new game to play, a game of fairness, of choice, or a better future. The technological toys of today kick information around perhaps so the world can witness whom has possession of what, and whom deserves a red card for their acts.

If the current revolutions are of interest of you, and of you are interested in the future of our wonderful world you should be, this book may offer a unique spin and deserves to be corner kicked right into your bookshelf.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Why it's kicking off everywhere, December 8, 2014
This review is from: Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (Paperback)
This is a complex and thoughtful, yet at times in-your-face, explanation of what the author saw happening and why he believes it was happening in 2011.

As youth movements merged with legions of suddenly unemployed middle-class people on the streets of Greece, while millions living in extreme poverty occupied squares in Egypt and global capitalism protestors occupied parts of London and New York, clearly a time of rapid change is upon us.

Mason was at times on the front line as a journalist covering a street riot, nodding greetings to other journalists with gas masks in between attending debates in rooms full of students who had no hope of getting jobs. I was surprised by how many of the young people he mixed with had been reading social theorists from many countries. If your degree is in social theory, just what job do you expect to get? However having been sold the idea that they should take a loan to pay for several years of studies in order to get a good job, they now find that the banks have collapsed and they still owe the banks money but there are no jobs. Globalism is partly to blame as jobs have been exported to cheaper countries.

So linking up smartly by means of new communications and social sites, the protestors have made their voices heard and in some cases crashed governments. I'm also surprised that Mason never mentions the obvious fore-runner of the mass protest - the flashmob.

Then Mason goes to look at the slum dwellers in those cheaper developing countries. An eight foot square underground room is home to two adults and four children, who have next to nothing but use a computer café down the slum lane. They do the cheap jobs, so the nation's corrupt economy has come to depend on them, insanitary as their living conditions are. One billion people currently live like this, paying for water purchases. (See The Price Of Thirst by Karen Piper.) As they have not been used to paying bills, the power companies won't supply even rehoused families. Mason predicts that this number will smartly reach two billion. Well then, the obvious route would be to empower women not to have to have four or more children. He doesn't mention this at all. However with solar panels and smartphones, we can hope that the message will reach them.

Overall the chapters are at times an odd fit, obviously written up individually as the author travelled and referencing his blog and twitter feeds as well as those of others. Yes, the world is fast changing but we are seeing general backlash against giant corporations not paying taxes, while many jobless Greeks have left their deeply corrupt country to work in Germany. So the work could do with updating while at times seeming stuck in the distant French or Russian past. Certainly this is an interesting read for anyone who wants to be better informed, and for a look at journalism on the front line.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating study of global demonstrations., August 29, 2013
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Paul Mason offers an interesting study of how demonstrations all over the world are linked by their common themes: jobs, economic downturns and the decimation of the middle class. This book is for the 99% who feel like they have been left behind in the global economy.
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