2 out of 4 stars
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There may be something to those wacky ideas government conspiracy theorists have. When you think about the hoopla surrounding the 2017 US presidential elections with all the media manipulation and elitist interference, you have to entertain some doubts about the legitimacy of the so-called democratic system. Things have been going downhill for some time now. Bank bailouts, a constant state of war, corporations being granted the same rights as citizens, and unethical offshoring practices, all contribute to the current, rather bleak economic situation. Perhaps President Trump will save the day.
There wasn’t much that Edward A. Glinka had to say in his book Planned Collapse of Americanism that I was not familiar with. For some time, I’ve been aware of an inequality in the current governmental system. If you look at the original framework set up way back in the 1700s, it’s easy to see that it was never meant to be fair. The entire thing has been rigged since its inception. So why all this hysteria now? Well, according to the author, even with President Trump’s miraculous election, complete and total societal collapse is a mere 20 years away.
Even though some of what the author says can be verified externally, the manner in which he presents this information prevents anyone but the most dedicated Prepper from taking his warnings seriously. Awkward phrasing, missing commas, misuse of apostrophes, invented vocabulary, poor grammar and general errors (President Howard Trump?) turn what could have been an impassioned call for awakening to the mumblings of a homeless man holding a cardboard sign on the street corner.
Then there are the sources. While there is both a section for works cited at the end of the book and a few citations within the text, the reliability of many of the sources can be called into question. I realize that it is becoming more common to reference internet websites. After all, there’s nothing like a good fact-checked, verified site when making your point on a blog. Unfortunately, using biased internet sites as references in a written text detracts from the overall credibility of the book.
Some fabulous quotes were included in the text. There were also some doubtful ones. For instance, the direct quote “The high office of the President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the Americans freedom, and before I leave office I must inform the Citizen of his plight.” Pres. John F. Kennedy is not only incorrect grammatically, but also has never been proven to have been spoken by said president much less on the date the author comments on in parentheses (10 days before him being assassinated). Both its use as a factual statement and the horrid syntax caused me to cringe.
Though the intent was good, once credibility has been demolished, it’s hard to take the rest of what Mr. Glinka has to say seriously. The ranting goes on for an agonizing 415 pages only to end with Mr. Glinka exhorting readers to keep up the good fight, stay vigilant and stock up on toilet paper.
Readers who prefer unsubstantiated and blatantly false statements that enhance their end of the world drama scenarios will enjoy Planned Collapse of Americanism by Edward A. Glinka. Citizens concerned with the current troubling trends and possible negative outcomes are best advised to do their own research elsewhere.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars due to the plethora of inaccuracies spouted as truths and poor grammar.
Planned Collapse of Americanism
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