I'm a 66 year psychiatrist, single mother and activist who emigrated from Seattle to New Zealand in 2002. This followed fifteen years of intensive personal harassment by the U.S. government for my political activities. I write about this in my recent memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee.
on Feb. 21, 2012 :
This book is broken into six parts. The first examining the ‘Occupy Movement’ and what instigated such activism. The author, Dr Bramhall goes onto outline some of the challenges that such movements face and draws upon her vast knowledge and experience in dealing with such activist organisations. Demographic and psychological constraints that hamper such movements are eloquently explained and illustrate why the coordination of such causes are difficult to maintain traction. While the second part of first chapter focuses on capitalism and how it has hit the wall. Drawing from various other authors’, Dr Bramhall goes onto outline how economic growth is not possible due to resource depletion and the Ponzi style structure of growth based systems. A detailed debunking of the debt based crisis in the US and global economies make this a fascinating reading.
The second section is a raw account of the author’s experiences as an expat American living in New Zealand. This self-examination of the similarities and differences between New Zealand and the US explain why many New Zealanders suffer from low wages and high living costs.
The third section aptly named ‘Capitalisms Last Grasp’ looks at the current economic crisis and implications for the future. Some of the reforms that have swept American schools, prisons, food industry and medical systems are alarming to the uninitiated reader.
The fourth section of this fascinating read examines the psychological oppression and the role corporate media plays in seducing and manipulating individuals to consume and make decisions that are in favour of the corporate elite. This chapter highlights some of the lesser known bailouts that have gone largely unnoticed in the mainstream. A disturbing example is the twelve point five billion dollar taxpayer funded loans between December 2007 and July 2010.
The fifth section of 21st Century Revolution brings to light how the second American Revolution may unfold, with reference to some of the lessons history holds for any positive move forward. The final section looks at what a post capitalist system world might look like, with discussion around population growth, resource depletion, human nature and land ownership.
This well researched and eye opening account of some of the social and economic issues that nations are faced with is a must read for those wishing to understand some of the broader issues at hand. After reading a 21st Century Revolution you will walk away wiser and with a clearer understanding of what it takes to move toward a sustainable and more egalitarian future
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