Gregory Sams’ The State is Out of Date is a book of immense importance that also happens to be immensely readable. Get it now, read it now. You’ll be amazed, impressed, persuaded, infuriated and filled with hope for a future that awaits us if only we are prepared to make the right choices. The State IS out of date. We all know it. Now here’s the proof and the route map that gets us out of this mess.
Graham Hancock, Author, Fingerprints of the Gods.
Comment and Review from the 1998 pre-cursor t0 this book, titled Uncommon Sense, the State Is Out Of Date.
Lots of good sense – seen nothing I disagree with!
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“It is a good easy read, with someone thinking behind it. Your theme – the balance between chaos and order – is the Big One, certainly for politics and how we live. You put your finger on the situation, clarify it…make readers see how things are changing and how much there is to hope for.”
John Michell – author, The View Over Atlantis. A sacred geometrist
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I’ve heard lots of positive comments about “Uncommon Sense”, and bumped into several people who have been quite evangelical about it (without prompting:-). Actually I must add on a personal note that it did wonders for my relationship with my father, who’s a hardcore Friedmanite libertarian who I’ve never been able to talk to about politics without arguing. I gave him a copy and he not only agreed with everything in it but it also shook him out of that typical (but totally illogical) rut of associating libertarianism with puritanism – and thus with ‘moral’ control. It made him see that drugs, ecology, grass-roots protest and all those other ‘left’ things he never liked were actually part of his programme. I also learnt, in turn, that the libertarian right are not the real enemy (something we all got conditioned to think growing up under Thatcher).
Mike Jay, author of High Society
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It is imperative that you read this book!
I have read this book many times since I first became aware of its existence through a “chance” (I should say “chaotic”) meeting with the author in India. That was 1997… since when I have lived under the rule of several different ‘states’, dealt frequently with their various bureaucracies & immigration restrictions and encountered a universal belief in that nation’s superiority. With each time I return to the book, therefore, it seems sharper and yet more relevant. Whether or not you come to the same conclusions as Greg Sams, you can hardly fail to acknowledge the many worsening symptoms of the societal sickness he describes. With a background in physics & systems engineering, I am not one to be readily swayed by pseudoscience – it is refreshing, therefore, that Greg proposes the solid ground of Chaos Theory as the means to analyse the complex human relations that make up society. It is crucial to his argument that we appreciate that human beings, as part of the wider universe, do not follow Newtonian determinism but rather should be viewed as a naturally free-operating system. Sadly we are suffering from anachronistic attempts to impose order from above. In engineering, we would rarely opt for an 18th century solution to a 21st century set of problems… but in politics this is exactly what is being done the world over. This book will show you how and go a long way to explain why. It is up to you what you choose to do about it. If I have one criticism, it is that reading this book has made it very difficult for me to bury my head in the sand and watch the mess-makers trying to steer us to a better life through taxation. Perhaps it is true that ‘ignorance is bliss’… the state would certainly like us to think so! Uncommon Sense is well written, frank and passionate without becoming vitriolic. It is an entertaining read that should make you laugh, unless you happen to be working for the Inland Revenue. I would certainly recommend buying it, mainly because it will contribute to the successful system that is the global business community.
12 April 2006