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The Traumatised Society

Subtitle How to Outlaw Cheating and Save our Civilisation
By Fred Harrison
ISBN 9780856832871
Category History
Spring 2013

Synopsis

This “decline of the West” prognosis, grounded in a study of the evolution of humanity, defines the natural laws on which societies rely for their viability. Synthesising insights from anthropology, evolutionary psychology and history, it exposes the cheating that caused the collapse of past civilisations and now threatens Western civilisation.

Author's Biography

After a career as a Fleet Street investigative journalist, Harrison became a consultant to Russian academic and political bodies to help them implement a more equitable transition to a market economy. Subsequently he turned his attention to the failure of economic analysis and public policies in the market economies.

Reviews

‘This profound book ... of ideas and wisdom which could transform the way they look at the world’ Ekklesia

 ...rent-seeking by a wealthy class ... hooked on accumulating greater wealth is the cancer that has brought down many more civilisations than the present one.' The Guardian

‘What would happen if Harrison were to give a series of Reith Lectures, or even a Dimbleby Lecture?’ International Journal of Environmental Studies

 ‘... a staggering work that presents nothing less than a new paradigm - yet based in a historical narrative  and overview of political, economic and cultural history.’  Fourth World Review

‘Such prescience is strikingly impressive, and demands that the author be taken very seriously.’  Ekklesia

‘This thesis is not only a restatement of the social price of inequality ... There is something deeper: humanity has lost touch with its spiritual roots’  Church Times
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The Traumatised Society
Harrison understands not only the economic case for radical fiscal reform. He also understands why and how his reforms would address the social and psychological ills of the current system, while at the same time preserving our liberties.
Fred Harrison has an unusually clear and persuasive view of the failures both in terms of fairness and efficacy of the taxation system. He is able to present unintended consequences well in advance of their happening as well as offering insightful and hopeful alternative scenarios for society in the future.
A great book to read.
Fred Harrison's book contains historical and social analysis essential for social leaders and governments to act to avoid a global catastrophe. Harrison sheds light on neglected viewpoints in academic teaching. So work should be known to all.
A vital book for those who believe that it is the underlying causes that must be addressed if we are understand why over such a long period of history we have struggled with one crisis after another. Even when we are not in some sort of 'crisis' there are many suffering from acute deprivation. Fred Harrison has yet again delivered an intelligent and well researched work.
Another incisive analysis by Fred Harrison. A very important book on a very important topic.
A very interesting book tackling vital contemporary issues though as Harrison refers to The Decline of the West a reference to Oswald Spengler would be expected up front. So not quite sure why we get Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) instead genocide which is still going on but is that central to Harrison's thesis? Also the 'review' from The Guardian is not exactly that but a mention in Phillip Inman's blog "Green belt housing gamble – a bet too far?" http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/dec/30/green-belt-housing-gamble?INTCMP=SRCH The Guardian, 30 Dec 2012
Fred Harrison continues to illustrate his extraordinary power of observation into the causes of progress and poverty and especially on the question of the ownership of land, one of the 3 factors of production, if not the key one.
Essential reading for all those looking for solutions to the recent rolling economic crises.
Probably our greatest national and international problem tackled seriously
Here's an answer for those seeking a more just and prosperous society FOR ALL.
brilliant book !
If only this book was required reading in economics courses!
The Traumatised Society gives a good overview of the social, economic and security problems that beset society today. Any improvements in infrastructure result in increases in land values. Governments make the mistake of allowing these unearned increases to fall into the laps of a small percentage of landlords instead of reducing the burden of deadweight taxes. We should all take a firm stand to remidy this injustice.
Another excellent book by Fred Harrison, a must read for everyone who is concerned with the future of our society and wants to understand how we got here.
In an age where our Institutions are failing us, it needs a book like this to show us how we became so dependent on faulty mechanisms, and an alternative socio-economic model that can set us free.
A society giddy from the disconnect of land as a central part of community life is herded by a compliant economics discipline to accept there is no alternative. Harrison exposes this in his usual hard hitting fashion
Fred Harrison's 'The Traumatised Society" should be read by ALL political leaders if they really wish to get on top of this economic depression. They're currently fiddling around the edges.
I join with everyone's praise for this book. However, I want to know what we can do *together as readers* to make the information operative in changing the things the book describes. An author's job is to assemble informational resources and communicate the findings. It is *up to the readers* to deploy those resources. Knowledge is power only when it is put into practices. Without that step it is simply information, and we have enough of that by now to change the world. ------------------------- I have a desire in response to reading the book twice (once from cover to cover then the bits I underlined on the first reading): to be part of a serious "reading group" committed to *do* something about the material presented in it. To this end I propose turning one of my monthly meetups (http://www.meetup.com/goodworldmovement/events/qsgmdfyrhbmb/) over to an *activism oriented* reading group if any readers want to join me in doing more than praise the book.
From the stark realism of this book it has been possible to press faith leaders to move beyond their eloquent rhetoric to study real life applications of how inclusive justice could be added to a redesign of our gravely distorted understanding of the nature of economy as global housekeeping. Though, sadly it must be said, even when pressed, leaders so often rapidly revert to their largely unconscious complicity in 'a culture socially acceptable cheating'' and sibling rivalry.
Fred Harrison gets to the root of the problems with modern governments and how they misunderstand the facts of economics. His writings should be required reading for all children... but why would the government mandate something that lays bare their misunderstandings or their misdirection of the gaze of the people away from those who are really in control?
Fred Harrison brings to light the fundamental reasons why civilizations inevitably fail. More importantly, he offers the path to a real solution to this and the other seemingly intractable problems that face humanity.
This sounds like a fitting sequel to his The Predator Culture in which he reviews some of the more blatant confiscations of wealth throughout history.
Fantastic – and vital – read for our times today. An easily comprehendible, highly relevant, and important book for all of us. Thank you, Fred, for writing it on behalf of all of us.
This book is an intellectual tour de force in analysing the root causes of the problems of society and the environment. His concept of 'cheating', taking what does not belong to us, is tested and explored throughout history and to the present day. When you join the dots of economic cheating, you can see how this 'legal' crime is responsible for so many of the wars, poverty and environmental destruction the besets mankind
This book is essential reading! Once we can revive the discourse of rent and our equal right to access the land, we can then begin repairing our world and averting our current course of destruction, which has befallen so many societies before.