Review: 1381 – The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt

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Juliet Barker


This work is not being properly marketed in the USA. Harvard, the US publisher, is not doing all that it should which I find especially distressing because this could well be the single most important book any US citizen could read going into the farce of an election in 2014 and the travesty of 2016, when it appears that Jeb Bush will face off against Hillary Clinton, each so ably representing their side of the two-party tyranny that has sold out to Wall Street, barred the other parties (Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, Reform, Socialist — and the Independents) from any possible access to political office, and sent two generations to elective wars mounted on the basis of greed and 935 lies.

Put as strongly as I can put it, this book could be a catalyst for revolution in the USA, and for that reason alone, I place it in my top ten percent, beyond five stars, this is a six star book.

Harvard being rather slow to properly present the book (Look Inside the Book is overdue, there are no editorial comments, and the book description is bland to the point of mis-representation is today's environment), I will point the reader to the author's own utterly brilliant article connecting the circumstances, events, and emotions of 1381 with those today. Look for this article title in The Independent of the UK:

Revolting times: Our ruling class needs to pay heed to its fed-up subjects now

Here are two charming paragraphs from that article to whet your appetite:

“Vainglorious Prime Ministers such as Tony Blair and David Cameron appear interested only in posturing on the world stage and, regardless of the cost in lives and to our purses, have committed us to foreign wars we cannot win. Westminster politicians of all parties appear to feel entitled rather than obligated: the party whip prevails over loyalty to the views of constituents and it is only powerful big businesses that seem to have the ear of the Government.

“All this helps to explain why Farage’s Ukip party is storming its way up the polls, how Salmond came so close to winning the referendum for an independent Scotland and what the appeal is of Islamist extremists such as Abu Hamza and Anjem Choudary. The Establishment might choose to dismiss and pour scorn on such radicals, but they are Balle’s successors and, rightly or wrongly, they articulate the disenfranchisement that many people feel in Britain today.”

I have just now featured this author, her article, and the book at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, where the below supporting entries are easily exploited:

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Click on Image to Enlarge

See Especially:

Election 2008 Chapter: Legitimate Grievances

Graphic: Preconditions of Revolution in the USA Today

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Self-Determination & Secession

See Also:

Griftopia @ Phi Beta Iota

Revolution @ Phi Beta Iota

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Positive Future-Oriented)

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Negative Status-Quo)

I am loading here and now my graphic on preconditions of revolution that exist in the USA today. What we are missing is the precipitant — our Tunesian fruit seller. As the USA continues to experience 22.4% unemployment (everything the US Government tells us is generally a lie, see for the truth on this one point), and its fear grows of the veterans coming together with the 30 million unemployed college graduates living at home, the 30 million olds guys like myself — both white collar and master blue collar, whose jobs have been exported to China and elsewhere, and finally the soccer moms seeing their suburbian middle class dreams in ruins — I can think of no better book among the thousands I have read and reviewed, than this one.

Below I list ten other books that set the stage for this book being relevant to us in the USA in the here and now.

Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History
The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance (Spectre)
Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency
935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War
War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier
The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen
Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition

Best wishes to all,
Robert David STEELE Vivas

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