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It was probably my expectation or my mental disposition but it seemed the book was repeating one point, over and over and over again; it could have just as well been an article and carried just as much weight. It's an interesting point nonetheless but on a personal level the validity will have to be proven by following the outlined study program. We'll see...
curlypat | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Dec 26, 2021 |
An interesting book, FreedomShift (2010) focuses on three shifts which, according to DeMille's thesis, - if taken - will lead to an environment that promotes Freedom. These three areas are: Entrepreneurship, Independents (as an alternative to the older two party division into Democrats and Republicans), and the building of New Tribes; especially virtual social networks that are built in the age of the Internet, and forming communities which learn from that which has worked in past and current tribal cultures.

Entrepreneurship is pretty self-explanatory, Independents are continuing to grow as people become more fed up with the current iteration of politics, the last area of focus, or choice as Mr. DeMille, puts it I find interesting.

The age of the Net and global reach has allowed groups of like-minded individuals to transcend national boundaries in a way that would have been unthinkable 20 to 30 years go; it makes me think of the related observation in a PLA publication (1999) of the rising importance of non-state actors; NGOs, social activist groups and so forth.

One slight, possible anachronism, I think though is the overly positive view of the freedom of individuals to band together on the Internet; this is in light of the current wave of censorship and cancel culture which has especially plagued previously free and open social platforms these past couple of years that simply did not exist a decade ago.

A worthwhile read, if possibly a bit dated, in the third section; I would very interested in an update to the third section in light of recent societal events and cultural shifts.
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MusicforMovies | Sep 16, 2021 |
An excellent introduction to the concept of Natural Law as well as 12 Rules derived from it. This is especially important when contrasted with the now almost ubiquitous view of Positive Law taught in Law Schools today.
MusicforMovies | Aug 5, 2021 |
Not to give the plot away, but the main point of the book is be a force for freedom and self-reliant as possible; to focus on being a "mini-factory" that is self-sustaining and productive. It is, in many ways, the antithesis of the top-down approach advocated by Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum.

Mr. DeMille posits the mindset of the Aristocracy v. We the Free People; one is elitist and requires masses of trained individuals subservient to the State, and the other is open to all, but requires an educated - not to be confused with mere job training - self-disciplined and virtuous citizenry.

My only critique of this book would have been a request for more concrete examples, especially in Chapter 12: Aristotrends; the general principle is often stated well, but sometimes specifics, or exempli gratia, can be lacking in my opinion.

Nonetheless, I found the book an informative read, and would recommend it to those that are interested in a much needed counterpoint to the views of the World Economic Forum and other like minded entities.
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MusicforMovies | Jun 25, 2021 |

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