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The Unconscious Civilization by John Ralston Saul
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Jul 16, 07

bookshelves: social-theory
Read in January, 1987

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 been so many wars. We think we are free and that we live in a democracy, but people have never felt so alienated from 'power'. This book is a call to arms over how to make our society more aligned to the myths of our society. Just because things have gotten worse since it was written does not take away from his message. If anything, it only makes it more urgent.
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