NON-FICTION BOOKS BY PAUL ADKIN

DISMANTLING THE PARADIGM

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We are driving a juggernaut along a road which leads directly to a cliff edge. If we go straight, we will topple into an abyss. Obviously we cannot continue the way we are going. To avoid annihilation, we have one of two choices: we can either turn left toward a Utopia, or right into a Dystopia. It seems obvious which decision needs to be made. And yet … most of those on board are screaming to the driver to turn right. Why? Why would we choose a Dystopia before a Utopia?

I am proud to announce the publication of my book Dismantling the Paradigm after more than six years of preparation. The English version was ready to be published two years ago, but I have delayed its appearance until now in order for it to coincide with the presentation of the Spanish version. The fact that this deferral has brought the book out into this pandemic world, seems almost propitious: the Covid-19 crisis has stripped our already shabby and dangerous system, our capitalist paradigm, of its armour and left it looking bedraggled and feeble in its underclothes. The benevolent effects of a massive human lockdown and the dramatic reduction of our economic activity has shown us how quickly we can clean the polluted air of our cities and make the world a cleaner and ecologically safer place. A progressive, and revolutionary, sentiment of not returning to the old normal has emerged, which demands a radical rethinking of the voracious paradigm we have been immersed in for the last half-century. But the question still remains of how to step cleanly away from this system.  

Dismantling the Paradigm attacks this question head on, revealing the perverted nature of our now globally effective, WEIRD civilisation, with the premise that we can only change things if we can objectively understand what needs to be changed.

If the dawning post-pandemic era is not going to fall into the constraining negativism and wall-building, anti-human authoritarianism of the far-right, and for the future to be a positive step forward from the disaster of the global affliction, it is necessary that we comprehend the real nature of the system we are emerging from. Dismantling the Paradigm was contrived before Covid, but it has become even more imperative that it finds readers in order to imagine the world coming next.

 Dismantling the Paradigm is now available from the Amazon online store:

At Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-David-Adkin/e/B0082UK618

At Amazon.es: https://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B08B35QJ63/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

At Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dismantling-Paradigm-Tracking-Pendulum-One-ebook/dp/B08B1X7GXJ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Dismantling+the+Paradigm&qid=1592128068&s=books&sr=1-2

Also available in Spanish …

en español …

DESMANTELANDO EL PARADIGMA

Me enorgullece anunciar la publicación de mi libro Desmantelando el paradigma después de más de seis años de preparación. La versión en inglés estaba lista para ser publicada hace dos años, pero he retrasado su aparición hasta ahora para que coincida con la presentación de la versión en español. El hecho de que este aplazamiento haya llevado al libro a este mundo pandémico parece casi propicio: la crisis del Covid-19 ha despojado al sistema de su armadura y a nuestro paradigma capitalista, que ya estaba peligrosamente en mal estado, lo ha dejado en ropa interior,  con un aspecto desaliñado y débil. Los efectos benévolos de un bloqueo humano masivo y la reducción dramática de nuestra actividad económica nos han demostrado cuán rápido podemos limpiar el aire contaminado de nuestras ciudades y hacer del mundo un lugar más limpio y ecológicamente más seguro. Ha surgido un sentimiento progresivo y revolucionario de no volver a la vieja normalidad, que exige un replanteamiento radical del paradigma voraz en el que hemos estado inmersos durante el último medio siglo. Pero aún queda la pregunta sobre cómo alejarse limpiamente de este sistema.

Desmantelando el Paradigma ataca esta pregunta de frente, revelando la naturaleza pervertida de nuestra civilización globalizada, con la premisa de que solo lograremos cambiar las cosas si podemos entender objetivamente lo que necesita ser cambiado.

Si queremos evitar que la era posterior a la pandemia no vaya a caer en el negativismo restrictivo y el autoritarismo antihumano de la extrema derecha, debemos conseguir que el futuro de un paso positivo hacia adelante. Desde las cenizas del desastre de la aflicción global es necesario que comprendamos la naturaleza real del sistema del que estamos emergiendo. Desmantelando el paradigma se ideó antes de la aparición del Covid, pero se ha vuelto aún más imperativo que encuentre lectores para imaginar el mundo que venga después.

 Desmantelando el paradigma ya está disponible en la tienda en línea de Amazon:

En Amazon.es: https://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B08B35QJ63/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

En Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-David-Adkin/e/B0082UK618

En Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dismantling-Paradigm-Tracking-Pendulum-One-ebook/dp/B08B1X7GXJ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Dismantling+the+Paradigm&qid=1592128068&s=books&sr=1-2

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Bleak House and Goodness

In many ways Charles Dickens’ Bleak House could be considered a thesis on goodness –goodness as a basic, human trait.

There is no evil in the book as such, just varying degrees of goodness: the good, the very good, the not-so-good and the absolute failures at goodness. Failing at goodness, or being bad, is not the same thing as being evil. Failing at being good still aspires to the good, whereas evil has a marked intention to destroy, or at least sully, all goodness.

From our perspective, Dickens’ thesis may seem naïve, but that is undoubtedly because our contemporary world has a far more cynical view of humanity than the 19th century did. Instead of going beyond good and evil , and despite all our relativity, we seem to be more immersed in the polarity between benevolence and malevolence than ever before, today our narratives are full of evil criminals, serial killers, psychopathic mafias, and deranged, corrupt politicians.

In Dickens’ work, if there is a contrast of models it is between Bleak House and Chesney Wold. Bleak House represents purposeful goodness, while at Chesney Wold a kind of purposeless, hedonistic nihilism reigns. Comparing this to our own world, we could say that it is the spirit of the Chesney Wold that has triumphed, seeping out of the confines of the manor to infect all levels of society. Today, there is the same Chesney Wold feel in the apartment blocks of the middle and working classes as there is in the palatial halls of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat.

Personally, I do not think Dickens was being naïve in his thesis on goodness. It is clear that to be good one needs to adopt an attitude and that circumstances determine how easily that attitude can be adopted. Humanity, therefore, will be very good as long as it can be. When society, civilisation, or simple fortune do not allow goodness then, yes, the good attitude will crack and fail, and a society of failures at being good will be formed, and this will fester until it turns into something genuinely evil. Buried in Dickens’ work, therefore, is a development of the following basic idea: humanity will progress, as humanity, only when individual human beings are provided with the means to fulfil their own human potential. In Bleak House it is all about developing our human potential to be good.

Dickens probably wrote Bleak House because he had seen how this ethical development of humanity was being trampled on by the juggernaut of anti-humanity economics. If ethics is a human concern, the political development of our capitalist-enslaved economic system is a movement away from all general concerns toward our humanity. We hear the terms freedom and democracy bandied around constantly, but in actual fact, both of these concepts lack authentic humanitarian weight in this anti-ethical civilisation that capitalism has spawned.     

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