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Al-Qa'eda is but our most prominent opponent, but its outlook is shared by many others who are equally committed to our destruction...
While estimates vary, it is reasonable to say that thousands of lives have been lost and billions of dollars have been spent in pursuing, capturing and killing those deemed a threat to the security of Western nations. Before continuing to pursue phantoms and shoot at shadows (and, in the process, alienate thousands caught in the crossfire) we need to understand what is producing this apparently burgeoning antipathy toward Western capitalist countries.Over time, people begin to realize that the problems they face and the disorientation they experience are connected to Western activity within their regions. We need to understand the nature of this very Western understanding of objective reality.To do so, we need to trace its emergence over the past thousand years of western European history.It was also the century in which the justification for natural laws shifted from divine decree to the innate characteristics of environments in a self-existent natural world.In chapter 5 we investigate how capitalism became 'virtuous'.By Bill Geddes Revised: 29 December 2017 List of Updates (Provides clickable list of annotated update dates) Download latest version (Check for latest Version Date here):(Zipped HTML Version; Zipped EPUB Version; Zipped MOBI Version; Zipped PDF Version) (How to unzip a file in a Windows/i OS/Android/Kindle system)(Unzipped PDF Version) This is an evolving EBook - updated regularly to reflect recent developments in our understanding of capitalism and its exponentially growing impact on the social and natural environments which have sustained humanity through the past 10,000 years.
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People living by capitalist understandings of the world have, over the past four centuries, felt driven to compel those who do not think and live as they do, to change.
They have committed their lives to a refashioned world, to a capitalist world.
In every community, models are built from that assumed objective reality which, in the opinion of those who order their lives by them, provide the best ways of organizing life to make the most of the reality in which they live.
Western people hold a peculiar understanding of objective reality and believe they have a duty, a responsibility, to reorganize other people and communities to live by the understandings they hold.
Unless we do, not knowing our history, we might well, as Edmund Burke suggested, unwittingly repeat it. In the following chapters I attempt dispassionately to explore the nature and history of capitalism .