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The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
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Feb 09, 12

Read from January 13 to February 09, 2012

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Galbraith is the creator of the term "conventional wisdom." I picked up this book specifically to read what are still today polemical postulations. He suggests back in good old 1957 that "In the Communist countries stability of ideas and social purpose is achieved by formal adherance to an officially proclaimed doctrine. In our society a similar stability is enforced far more informally by the conventional wisdom." Conventional wisdom being the ability to accept political dogma, whether liberal or conservative, no matter, its in its set boundaries that ensure its predictability and lack of originality.

I must say Galbraith is over my head. His word associations and even metaphors are tenuously grasped by me due to my lack of institutional instruction in relation to history and politics. It is frustrating for me in a way that doesn't challenge me to continue as reading complicated text in my second or even third language might motivate. I actually want to stop, not to reflect pensively, but to throw it against a wall! I find it easier to read aloud and it helps maintain a rhythm I silently lack maintaining.
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message 1: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Ruddy Galbraith's writing style irritated the hell out of me.

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