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We all know the 2010 elections were frightening – not just the outcome but the process. Unlimited, undisclosed outside spending – compliments of our conservative Supreme Court – broke 5:1 in favor of conservatives.

The corporate money sector is taking over our government. The problem isn’t Big Brother. It’s Big Brother, Inc.

Of course that’s the tag line for my novel, 2044.

Sadly (thankfully?), my novel received a wonderful reviewfrom writer/publisher Deborah Emin while I was on the road knocking on doors trying to eke out some votes the old fashioned way (I lost).

She called my book "extraordinary." Lotke "nailed us and what we are fighting for right now in the most and best Orwellian terms."

My book follows our current social and economic trajectory to the extreme – set in a world of consolidated multi-national corporations, mass produced culture and too much stuff. Our hero can be summoned by his office at any time on any day via an electric shock implanted in his thigh.

But the story is simple. Our hero discovers a cheap, easy way to take the salt out of seawater. Fresh water is scarce enough right now. By the year 2044, people will die and countries will go to war for water. A microorganism that takes the salt out of seawater could benefit literally billions of people – but it also threatens business interests who are happy the way things are.

The reviewer concludes:  "It is exciting and compelling and guides us to asking the basic question: what would we do? And by following what happens when you choose to fight and to get the answers you need, he also shows us what is at stake if we act and what happens when we don’t."

You can buy the book or download it for free.

But please don’t treat it like a prediction. It’s a warning. I don’t expect it to turn out that way ... and (recent downturns notwithstanding) I’m still fighting to see that it doesn’t.

Buy the book. Have a nice day.

Originally posted to Eric Lotke on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 07:45 AM PST.

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    •  Where have you been? (1+ / 0-)
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      Santa Susanna Kid

      This has been going on since 1980 when the Reagan tax cuts ended our main revenue stream.

      Follow that with the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 and you have the perfect storm for a plutocratic oligarchy takeover.

      This is happening while all the while the electorate has its collective head up its ass and changes the channel and opens another Bud Lite.  

      The people have given away their country to the rich and when they finally realize how hungry they are, it'll be too late for government to do anything about it.  Revolution will be the only way.

      See you at the barricades, Jean Valjean.

      "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

      by dolfin66 on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 08:58:02 AM PST

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      •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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        dolfin66

        One key you say is "changes the channel." You realize, of course, that the next channel is almost the same. That's a big piece of the problem. Hasta! Eric

        •  Yes! (0+ / 0-)

          And it seems that the networks, etc., keep feeding the people the same pap year after year.  None of it is funny past 6th grade.  I'd be embarrassed to be one of the actors; I know they love the money and exposure.

          So, we've all become intellectual dwarfs from watching 6th grade sticoms and even worse commercials.  Ain't America grand?

          "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

          by dolfin66 on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 12:27:23 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for the download (0+ / 0-)

    I really enjoyed 2044. Your vision of the US as a sort of 3rd world corporatized security state, with chaotic 'favelas' and zones of control rings true. I will avoid obvious comparisons to the worlds of Blade Runner or Snow Crash, since I was somehow reminded of Mike Davis' City of Quartz or Dead Cities... like the whole world had become LA.

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