The Disinfo dossier on Canadian John Ralston Saul is a pleasant find, for me. Saul’s Voltaire’s Bastards, The Unconscious Civilization and Reflections of a Siamese Twin: Canada at the End of the Twentieth Century all had profound influence on the way I thought about …stuff… in my 20s, and are intricately woven into the way I think about the world today (rants like the one below notwithstanding). [via wood s lot] “Recently Saul has been feeling the heat of the Canadian political landscape: he is the husband of the current Governor General of Canada. Saul has been intensely criticized for his newest book On Equilibrium (New York: The Free Press, 2002), in which Saul contends that the West must assume some responsibility for the motivations behind the 9/11 attacks.”
Saul’s thoughts on globalization and democracy from a talk he gave in Australia in 1999 are very much worth reading (and listening to), as well.

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  1. I’m intensely interested in studying the role of Postmodernism in maintaining the current sociopolitical order. Postmodernism’s, as far as I understand it, first postulate is that there is no distinction between appearences and reality and that all perspectives are equally valid. Three authors I’m interested in are John Ralston Saul, I’ve just recently read one of his talks off the net.I’m now going to read his books The Doubter’s Companion, The Unconscious Civilization, Voltair’s Bastards and his new book Equalibrium.
    Another author who interest me is Steve Keen.
    Steve Keen who’s book Debunking Economics was recently published by Pluto Press, Australia and ZED BOOKS, United Kingdom.

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