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You can find an overwhelming amount of evidence showing how our system is thoroughly corrupt at all levels, how it wages, either directly or through proxies, brutal wars on populations throughout the world to control them and plunder their country’s resources, and how it is profoundly undemocratic and unjust. But what is largely missing, what it almost impossible to find is somebody or some group putting forward a coherent vision of how to achieve a truly democratic society that is based on equality and mutual aid, a society that does not inevitably slide into one that is run by a ruling elite, whether it be a capitalist class or a communist party or an oligarchy. In his book, Mr. Spritzler offers such a vision, which he refers to as egalitarianism. He argues that many of the struggles in which people are involved today to address one injustice or another are in their essence struggles to build a better world based on shared values of equality and mutual aid. Making that shared goal explicit is a key to bringing about the transformation that most of humanity yearns for.
In exploring this subject, the author touches on a number of important topics such as: how money operates as an instrument of social control; if we abolished money, how would a society function; is egalitarianism achievable through elections; what would real democracy look like; who should make the laws in an egalitarian society; what would a sharing economy look like, what role does human nature play, etc.?
Many more people need to read this book. I’m convinced they would find the ideas thought provoking, inspiring, and helpful in making their own contributions to the struggles in which they are involved more effective.
This experiment confirms his decades of life experience and convinces the author that most people, individually, are like the child in the Hans Christian Anderson story, "The Emperor's New Clothes," who see the Emperor's nakedness and is not afraid (as the Emperor's adult subjects are) to say so. The author explains how ruling class-promoted social issues (Chapter 15) and party politics divide us on these secondary issues and prevent us from realizing our general agreement about egalitarianism.
Spritzler urges us readers to repeat his experiments in order to "find out for yourself what people think about egalitarian revolution." Such a "revolution" would involve institutionalized practice of the Golden Rule, which concept "occurs in some form in nearly every religion" (Wikipedia), and which people largely follow in their personal lives. This book explains how we can re-establish our public life on this basis, as well.
For just the price of a cup of coffee ($3 for the e-book) or a pizza ($11.55 for the paperback), we owe it to ourselves to learn how a revolutionary transformation of government from fake to real democracy and a change of economy from greedy vs. needy to an even more prosperous, happier and equitable "sharing economy" is POSSIBLE as well as desirable.
Several of these 18 chapters and 16 appendices are more than 20 pages long; but most are brief and easy to read in the short segments of time that busy workers have today. Read, first of all, the one-page statement, "This I Believe" (p. 28), and you will probably enthusiastically agree with it. If so, this book is for you. It's certainly for me! I think it will inspire and encourage most fellow humans, as well.
I have the facts. I have a plan. And I have.....hope. Thank you john spritzler for vastly improving my life with your well thought out book.
Now, with the publication of his outstanding and meticulously researched book, I have had the opportunity to read his analysis of our capitalist society in a single collection.
Many people are critics of our current situation in which most of the world's wealth is in the hands of a powerful few who rule over the rest of us for their benefit alone, but none have voiced a solution that would make for a better world for all.
Spritzler has put forth a detailed and amazingly well thought out plan for a future with true equality for all, with no "haves and have nots" but a culture in which all wealth produced is shared on the basis of "from each according to reasonable ability to each according to need or reasonable desire." His solution is a realistic strategy (not just wishful thinking) for removing the rich from power and having a sharing economy. To back this up, he has included information about how egalitarian societies have functioned, most recently in Spain during the time of their civil war.
There is also a very cogent criticism of the anti-democratic system of Communism.
I highly recommend this eloquent, yet easy to read book. I plan to buy several paperback copies for friends who are disgusted with our current situation but think that there is no solution.