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Governor General's Award Winner Tenth Anniverary Edition with a new preface Our society John Ralston Saul argues in his CBC Massey Lectures is only superficially based on the individual and democracy Increasingly it is conformist and corporatist a society in which legitimacy lies w. There is absolutely no indication that the Industrial Revolution imbalance had a self rectifying mechanism to archieve any social balance by which I mean reasonably shared prosperity It was t

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The Unconscious Civilization

Ith specialist or interest groups and decisions are made through constant negotiations between these groupsThe paradox of our situation is that knowledge has not made us conscious Instead we have sought refuge in a world of The Unconscious PDF illusion where language is cut off from. Sort of a follow up to Voltaire s Bastards which simply asked a lot of uestions This book begins to offer something in the way of an answer out of the predicament of modern civilization

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Reality Reconnecting language to reality clarifying what we mean by individualism and democracy making these realities central to the citizen's life identifying ideologies in order to control them these are among the first elements of euilibrium which Saul proposes in these lecture. This book is the written edition of the Massey Lectures John Ralston Saul gave in 1995 and is a densely philosophical treatise on where in his opinion society in general is heading This is neithe


10 thoughts on “The Unconscious Civilization

  1. says:

    Saul is a beautifully simply writer His thesis is that we live in a civilization that is fundamentally deluded about the type of society we actually are We believe we live in a time of remarkable peace but really there have never b

  2. says:

    The denial of the public good in favor of private interests is a theme which gives this book as much relevance now as when it first came out In this critiue of modern society the author J R Saul raises the humanist banner o

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    There is absolutely no indication that the Industrial Revolution imbalance had a self rectifying mechanism to archieve any social bal

  4. says:

    The book discusses the phenomena of neo conservatism the economy's shift from the expansion of the 1960s and rela

  5. says:

    Sort of a follow up to Voltaire's Bastards which simply asked a lot of uestions This book begins to offer something in the way of an answer ou

  6. says:

    i encountered this book just after my daughter was born It articulated the sense she had given me about civic responsibility and my connection however tenuous to society around meit is still the most concise argument available that demonstrates the need for citizenship and the dangers of narcissistic individualismit should be in highschool curriculums everywhere

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    For those of us who are at odds with the free market mumbo jumbo machine and the endless references to Frederick Hayek and Ludwig von Mises as the godheads of the so called market John Ralston Saul will help to unwind the knots of i

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    This book is the written edition of the Massey Lectures John Ralston Saul gave in 1995 and is a densely philosophical treatise on where in his opinion society in general is heading This is neither a happy book nor is it likely that it has been well understood by many who may have or will read it His concepts are deeply troubling and as he states a number of times it is incredibly difficult to remove ourselves from our n

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    I am always so disappointed to read such great books only to see them fail to change anything I read this book so long ago maybe 15 years ago and still the dumbness of our culture pervades It taught me the difference between being a mob thinker or a true thinker Loved this book It probably also messed me up for ever achieving success in the corporate world

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    Unconscious Civilization should be read by anyone interested in understanding the present course of our economi

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