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The Unconscious Civilization [Pdf or kindle] By John Ralston Saul


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

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    The denial of the public good in favor of private interests is a theme which gives this book as much relevance no

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    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 the citizenry and democracy that forced the economic mechanism into a socially acceptable and reasonably stable shape;

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    The book discusses the phenomena of neo conservatism the economy's shift from the expansion of the 1960s and related changes in society However that's not exactly what it's about The author's view is that the central proble

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    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

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    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 individuali

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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 ideology and show where the holes are in not only free market ideology but in America's drift into corporatism

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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 sta

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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

  10. says:

    Unconscious Civilization should be read by anyone interested in understanding the present course of our economic political and social constructs and therefore our society as a whole It is uncompromising perspicacious refreshing insp

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Read & download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Û John Ralston Saul

The Unconscious Civilization

Ty 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 lectures. 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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Governor General's Award Winner Tenth Anniverary Edition with a new preface Our society John Ralston Saul argues in his 1995 CBC Massey Lectures is only superficially based on the individual and democracy Increasingly it is conformist and corporatist a society in which legitima. 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 of Socrates against the ideological standard of PlatoSince about 1870 he tells us Western individualism has given way to corporatism the idea that power involves only group interests The corporatist world view denies that individuals can be a source of social legitimacy in light of the manifest differences among them Humans so the theory goes are incapable of objective thinking their needs even their very speech reduce simply to self interest The displacement of the individual by group interests has given rise to an unconscious civilization in which people specialize in one subject and suffer almost childlike ignorance of other branches of knowledgeWhy would corporatism or group interest necessarily undermine the public good The answer lies in the uniuely disinterested nature of the public good as opposed to the inherent self interest of groups A significant corollary of this definition is that the opposite of self interest isn t altruism at all as is commonly supposed but rather disinterest A society based in the power of group interest has disturbing deficiencies Absent the disinterested authority of the public good individuals are reduced to their immediate needs Freedom becomes linked in people s minds with a winner take all version of capitalism The educational system actually impedes integrated thought as it changes to turn out a class of technicians and small picture experts serving some private group or other usually business interests A society with a weak sense of the public good has no memory from which to act By the same token it becomes directionless with a decreasing capacity to plan for the future Knowledge in such a scheme cannot be converted to meaningful action by individuals Free speech has little practical effect on policies Public discourse lacks any appeal to human decency grinding down instead into discussions among professionals about technicalities Economically a false capitalism emerges in which efficiency substitutes for effectiveness and decisiveness crowds out thoughtful action Low interest rates lead to inflation not growth Economic activity gets dissipated in property speculation mergers and acuisitions and privatization of public goods People for their part become functions rewarded by their ability to integrate into groups in which loyalty trumps merit Such a structure strands us with a sense of being entrapped in an imaginary dialectic yielding ineluctable conclusions Neoliberalism and the end of history have arrivedBy contrasting the public good to private groups the author exposes in libertarian thinking the fallacy of the excluded middle When libertarians limit the scope of the public good Saul argues power simply moves into the hands of private organizations not private individuals That s because any privatization scheme involves three players not two Individuals are little than a third wheel to this power play between public and private The dangerous end product of the elimination of the public good from decisions is power without responsibility How can we counteract that The author suggests vaguely that we insert the individual wherever we can into ongoing debates and discussions While individuals may not be able to change policies they may be able to affect the dynamics of a society Above all individuals should develop personal virtues antithetical to a corporatist social structure virtues such as common sense creativity personal ethics memory and reasonBy looking carefully at the concept of the public good Saul orients readers dramatically away from useless thinking about current social trends The book is engaging if at times rhetorical Fifteen years in print it is relevant today than it was when it first appeared The concise innovative thinking the author brings to these pages makes the book a must read for any reflective citizen anywhere in the developed world

Read & download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Û John Ralston Saul

Cy lies with 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 illusion where language is cut off from reali. 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

  • Paperback
  • 205
  • The Unconscious Civilization
  • John Ralston Saul
  • English
  • 27 May 2019
  • 9780887847318

About the Author: John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul is a Canadian author essayist and President of International PEN As an essayist Saul is particularly known for his commentaries on the nature of individualism citizenship and the public good; the failures of manager or precisely technocrat led societies; the confusion between leadership and managerialism; military strategy in particular irregular warfare; the role