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Book Title: Reclaim: The Septemist Manifesto|
The author of the book: Carl Grip
ISBN 13: 9789198236927
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 816 KB
Edition: Septemist Publishing
Date of issue: January 26th 2015
Read full description of the books Reclaim: The Septemist Manifesto:A fascinating philosophical discourse on the reorganization of the prime movers driving humanity heedlessly toward one cliff after the next (politics, energy, economics), whose gyrations are felt globally.
The obvious solution here would be a return to isolation and independent growth. At the least, this would limit the damage we cause one another, but at the expense of the knowledge we’ve gained. The Crusades were a terrible series of events, but one cannot doubt the technological, scientific, and cultural benefits gained (apart from another reason for paranoia) from the interaction of Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean/Middle East. So isolation isn’t the best solution.
The author, who goes by the nom de plume, Carl Grip, provides a glimpse at how reorganizing these components as dictated by Septimism would improve the world for everyone. Specifically:
“Implementation of essential Septimist ideas would not only be feasible, but also economically, socially and environmentally profitable.”
I have little doubt about this paragraph apart from one niggling point: feasibility. It isn’t that humanity could not make the changes as proposed, only that it would not. Humanity is scarcely united on anything, change is certainly not one of them, except that the majority of folk don’t like change, even when it’s to their disadvantage to maintain the status quo. That’s the hump in any social engineering project—most have no issue with the how things are, particularly those who have been successful within it. Lately those who are successful within a system have become very good at convincing less successful people that things are just as they should be. More cynically, the ongoing attitude seems to indicate those above are threatened by the upward mobility of those below, that it is undeserved in large quantities, that it must be earned in ways that most in the upper echelons never need to undergo.
Some will appreciate the aspects Grip identifies as problems, and will also appreciate the proposals to help stabilize the wobbly top that is humanity. On the other hand, others will not see these aspects as problems, and for that reason his entire thesis will be dismissed, which is unfortunate. The entire manifesto has a decidedly liberal bent, so it concerns itself with the welfare of all humanity, and the responsibility of all humanity to make an effort for equality of opportunity, while at the same time attempting to produce a utopian society that won't really diminish the wealth and status of those who have not achieved that status through exploitation of the existing system (or, rather, interwoven systems). Not everyone is going to like this sort of proposal because they deem themselves superior for ethnic, racial, economic, theological, or whatever idiotic reason they select to justify their bigotry. If Grip could simply lift bigotry out of human nature (which may occur of its own accord in the fullness of time), I don't think there would be much trouble accepting the idea of a world populated by humans living in general harmony.
In all, Grip’s Reclaim is a fascinating and articulate mental exercise that I will undoubtedly return to on occasion. Grip has made several interesting proposals that are no less likely to come to pass than were feudalism and capitalism. They simply require the right impetus for change. Whether we will see it in our lifetimes, or ever, is impossible to predict. But at least the idea is there.
Read information about the authorCarl Grip is the author of "Reclaim", constituting a modern outlook on the most pressing issues in our global society. While Carl has high hopes for his analysis of our world - including the wish for people to let "Reclaim" guide them on a path to a more just, humane, democratic and above all rational system - his philosophy is far from naive. He offers no shortcuts, and no loud rhetoric, but simply presents a method you neither knew you wanted, nor understood you needed.
In a world where disasters and crises seem abundant - in an era when the climate starts sending bills, and a handful of people are more wealthy than half of humanity - it is tempting to look for simple answers, for quick fixes. Yet, Carl did the opposite. After years of delving deep into the question of how our world actually works, and what needs doing, he has finally managed to summarize what he found, in "Reclaim".
If you are an intelligent and curious person, Carl invites you along a journey. A journey with Carl reading the map, and telling you that we are at a critical crossroads. But if we do the right maneuver today, the best of our civilization might be yet to come.
Maybe, just maybe, he will prove to be right.
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