Economic Revolution: A Twelve Step Program for Building a Better World and Making Big Profits at the Same Time
Van Publishing (2010)
Reviewed by Kathleen Dowdell for Reader Views (12/10)
“Economic Revolution: A Twelve Step Program for Building a Better World and Making Big Profits at the Same Time” is a unique approach which offers concrete steps to change our world and create a new economy that everyone can profit from. But it is more than the title implies. This book is a compilation and general overview of the state of our economy with an in-depth explanation of how we arrived in the financial mess in which we currently reside. This book is Power’s attempt to make a better world by creating a new economy that works for all people. Reading this book will enlighten people about our economic world and help us to understand about debt addition, investments, and government leadership.
I was impressed with the way in which author Kerry Power strategically explains how our government uses its power without our permission to manipulate us as “willing victims” in their favor. Cultural shifts, according to the author, occur every few decades, often overlapping from one era to the next. Currently we are experiencing the sustainable era (2010-2030) transitioning out of the technological era (1980-2010). The lesson behind the cultural shift theory is that change is inevitable and those who resist change will be left in the wake of a fast-moving force that has, and will be painful to deal with. (Step 3 explains this phenomenon in great detail.)
The 12 step program is outlined within three parts: Part I – Personal Steps (preparing yourself for success), Part II – Public Steps (strengthening your community), and Part III – Financial Steps (profiting from the experience). Within each chapter are action steps that explain how to achieve the goals that are laid out within each chapter. The format is easy to follow and allows the reader to indulge in self-evaluation of individual destructive habits and learn motivational steps to change these self destructive habits.
In my opinion Part II (strengthening your community) summarizes the author’s true meaning for writing this book. These four chapters explain why Economic Centralization (as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “to bring under a single, central authority…relating to the production, development, and management of material wealth…) does not work. When too few people have too much power, large amounts of people lose out in their unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Moving away from centralization toward localization is a bold, yet significant, step that will bring our country back to a simpler life-style in which everyone profits and lives within their means. Granted, this change will take a mind shift that not everyone will embrace. And I am unclear how big profits will be made by all people. This is where I see the obstacle of the actualization of this utopian lifestyle he suggests. But Power’s research and futuristic concept is not out of the realm of possibility. It will take a gathering of like forces gaining momentum to make this change happen.
I would recommend “Economic Revolution: A Twelve Step Program for Building a Better World and Making Big Profits at the Same Time” not just for the general information it contains about our economy, but, in addition, for a way in which you can make a difference. Be warned, there is a lot of information in this book and at times I felt overwhelmed. But the facts about how the government controls our economy and the proposed outcomes author Kerry Power envisions make the book worth reading.
Economic Revolution: A 12-Step Program for Building a Better World and Making Profits at the Same Time
VAN Publishing (2010)
Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views (12/10)
I was somewhat torn when I finished reading this book because it has two ulterior motives hidden within the pages. I’m in agreement with the first one; not so much with the second one.
“Economic Revolution: A 12-Step Program for Building a Better World and Making Profits at the Same Time” appears to have noble intentions and a lot of research obviously went into gathering the information that is presented to us. The author’s first goal is to show us that the power to change the economy lies within our hands. This is done by giving us an in-depth tutorial in exactly how the economy works, how it’s integrated with government and politics, and what some of the long-range consequences could be if things continue heading in the same direction.
After being brought up to speed with the easy-to-understand lessons, we are shown what can be done to start making changes. Many of the points, such as focusing on stores that proudly sell U.S. merchandise while boycotting those that send U.S. currency overseas, have been mentioned by other sources, but there is a bit more depth provided within these pages. Likewise, the philosophy behind getting involved in politics and really paying attention to the people that are asking us to put them in office has been heard before, but the systematic approach described to help keep track of all this research and information is something new and could prove to be beneficial to anyone wanting to keep abreast of events happening within the political arena.
However, as I progressed further into the book, I started noticing a new theme appearing. It was slow at first, until about the last thirty pages in the book when it reared its ugly head in full force. This second theme involves the last half of the title that states ‘making big profits at the same time.’ Anyone who is just slightly familiar with pyramid schemes will notice all the signs – go to the author’s website to use the applications, enroll, and then begin recruiting advocates who function beneath you in the hierarchy. The higher up in the pyramid you are, the more money you make.
Eager advocates are warned, of course, that not everyone will be a true believer in the system and that it’s their job to educate these parties. Failing to convert those who fail to see the light does not represent any flaws within the system, but within those individuals themselves, so it might be easier to spread the word and recruit those who have similar interests. At this point, I can only assume those similar interests have to do with making a huge pile of money with very little work.
While there is actually some very good information contained in the book, I wasn’t too thrilled to learn that I had basically just read a 380 page sales pitch. How serious is the author in regards to waging an economic revolution? I’m afraid I can’t say. Curiosity drove me to check out the website that is mentioned numerous times but no such site exists. That seems rather strange for someone so dedicated to solving the economic woes of the nation, but not strange at all if the site is merely going to be another sales tool to be used once the book comes out.
If you’re serious about doing your part to change things and make the world a better place, then “Economic Revolution: A 12-Step Program for Building a Better World and Making Profits at the Same Time” does provide a good foundation, but realize that you are getting an incomplete package; sort of like getting a door but having no house to put it on.