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Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhal offers readers a collection of her essays concerning the political climate. I should first state that while I disagree with the author on some points, there are many where we agree. I admire her for taking a stand. This book is well-organized into six sections, Occupy Wall Street and the New Economics, My New Life in New Zealand, Capitalism’s Last Gasp, Psychological Oppression, Change Making and The Endgame. The essays in this book were first posted on Bramhal’s blog. To say that Dr. Bramhal is not fond of capitalism would be an understatement. She desires change and has obviously spent much time researching and pondering the topics she addresses. In the first part of her book she addresses the Occupy Movement and what prompted such action. In this section she also addresses capitalism and how it is failing. I agree with Dr. Bramhal that there are major problems in capitalism but I disagree with what the problems are. Bramhal utilizes other authors to strengthen her stance. My stance is that we have become too much of a welfare state. I very much enjoyed the author’s second section where she discusses her reasons for migrating from the USA to New Zealand. For many years she had considered and even attempted to immigrate but with little success and eventually she gave up the idea temporarily. Her desire was renewed when he was murdered. One of the points where we agree concerns the Patriot Act. In many ways it is stealing our rights as citizens as listed in The Bill of Rights. Yes, we are giving them up. This section continues by discussing why New Zealand.
I won’t break down the rest of the chapters. I’ll let readers do that for themselves. This book will open the eyes of readers. This is a must read book for all citizens. I would also suggest this book should be made required reading in Economics and Sociology classes. A reader does not have to totally agree with Bramhal to take away knowledge. This book will leave you pondering the future and what actions you should take now.