The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror

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PublicAffairs, Jun 26, 2007 - History - 288 pages
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After reflecting on his support of a losing Democrat for president, George Soros steps back to revisit his views on why George Bush's policies around the world fall short in the arenas most important to Soros: democracy, human rights and open society. As a survivor of the Holocaust and a life-long proponent of free expression, Soros understands the meaning of freedom. And yet his differences with George Bush, another proponent of freedom, are profound.

In this powerful essay Soros spells out his views and how they differ from the president's. He reflects on why the Democrats may have lost the high ground on these values issues and how they might reclaim it. As he has in his recent books, On Globalization and The Bubble of American Supremacy, Soros uses facts, anecdotes, personal experience and philosophy to illuminate a major topic in a way that both enlightens and inspires.

 

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If a person wants to learn how to delude oneself regarding personal behavior, then this is the book. What a load of horse manure. I believe Soros, from stripping Jewish families of their possessions in his youth, to gleefully manipulating elections in fits of pique, is the lowest form of humanity.
I would advise anyone to ignore this book, a meandering self-congratulatory journey through the dark side.
 

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p98 begins Chapter Four: "A Feel-Good Society" p98 "I'm not very good at this kind of analysis..." p99 "I am ill qualified to analyze it..." IMHO, Cognitive Behavior Therapy(CBT) *IS* qualified to anaylze "Feeling Good"... ...which happens to the name of a 1980 four million best seller that is the only book that all ten MLS library reference persons surveyed agreed... ...had ever been tested in the laboratory(peer reviewed) to make subjects "feel good" (the book/workbook was shown to meet or exceed the efficacy of drugs and therapy to cure anxiety). Why did the 100's of wildly popular books in the 1970's vanish from the bookshelves and the corresponding practices of therapy? Most anxious Americans wait until *after* they are upset to deal with their anxiety. Then they pursue a "healing idea"(placebo?) to *talk* about their anxiety in a *positive* way. Science has shown just the opposite: NOT *after*, before; NOT *talking*, writing; NOT accentuate the *positive*, exaggerate the negative. Try this: "Feeling Good" has ~two meanings: 1 the typical anxious American gets over his anxiety and becomes content. 2 the content American is greedy and wants sustained simultaneous orgasm euphoric utopia... and believes this should be affordable and found in the yellow pages.... :-) IMHO, Soros' "Feel-Good = Consumerism" is about a person pursuing "buying their way to Feeling Good." Which leads to another huge blindspot: psychometrics(CBT prescribes the logging of the levels of anxiety). Scientists are trying to get therapists (but will these "teachers of change" ever change?) to measure... ... but therapists believe in "intuition"(they have been tested to have mostly faulty intuitions). The new NIMH.NIH.gov "technology transfer/prod" buzzword is "evidence based treatments." What the hell have therapists been practicing until now? Something they pulled out of their rear end? :-) Without psychometrics there has only been Feeling Bad and Feeling Good and Feeling OK/content ISN'T EVEN ON ANYONE'S RADAR.(The book title "Feeling Good" was chosen by the marketing dept. against the wishes of the scientist/author... the science doesn't even measure happiness/fluffiness... its scale ends at zero which designates zero anxiety. The scientist conjectures, "The concepts of identity and self are simply meaningless and useless abstractions, in the same sense that the concepts of self-esteem and worthwhileness are.") So what are we left with? Measuring our partial gains whenever we can get them... and reviewing our log to reproduce success. How did Soros make his billions? Measuring his partial gains whenever he could get them... and reviewing his log to reproduce success. And what is Soros' "Open Society Foundation" based on? Measuring partial gains whenever achieved... and reviewing the log to reproduce success. TheAgeOfFallibility at ReplyAll dot org.  

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George Soros heads Soros Fund Management and is the founder of a global network of foundations dedicated to supporting open societies. He is the author of several best-selling books including The Bubble of American Supremacy, Underwriting Democracy, and Open Society.

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