A rigorous attack upon ideology as a workable blueprint for human society. Saul decries certainty in any form as being an obstacle to understanding and disruptive to human discourse. He celebrates doubt and aspires to "conscious uncertainty." As in several of his other books, he points to "corporatism" in all its forms, whether big business, globalization or exclusive organizations of any kind as being contrary to the both individual liberty and the commonweal.
Unlike most philosophers, Saul writes in a breezy, irreverent style, making what would otherwise be a stultifyingly arcane topic entirely readable. In places, he is mischievously amusing in sending up the foibles of our modern world. Nevertheless, his work needs to be taken in short doses because he covers vast areas of fundamental thought within a few short paragraphs; I found it necessary to chew on it awhile before it was possible to digest it.
Insightful, witty, and a pleasure to read. His arguments, though eloquently made, are not strong. A humane and thoughtful critique of some major trends in attitudes in business, government, and upper classes.
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