Thursday, August 03, 2006

Clarification of my earlier book review of Richard Poe's the Shadow War

I want to make some points clearer in my review that seemed to have been missed. Richard Poe is a wold class writer and intelectual. When one picks up any Richard Poe book one expects a first class reading adventure. His latest book is an excellent book but he does challenge a meaty subject George Soros.

The prevailing conventional wisdom of George Soros is that he is brilliant but borderline insane. The George Soros portrayed by Richard Poe is calculating, deceptive and naive. Soros is pursuing an economic policy that has failed everywhere it has been tried. Social engineering and income redistribution does not work. Investing in human capital ala India or China does work but it takes time. Is Soros looking for a Silver bullet to solve vexing economic problems or a quick feel good fix.

In general when I disagree with Mr Poe he is 100% correct. On this matter one can be a bit of both brilliant, calculating, deceptive, naive but also off kilter. I do not think the meglomaniacal aspects of Soros came across in this portrayal. Soros seems to think the world revolves around him.

Mr Poe has clearly made his case of the potential danger of Soros and the disaster his global vision would cause.The book needed one more chapter to be a classic. The book is crying out for a chapter that answers the following questions.

What laws has George Soros violated? The prohibition against individuals conducting their own foriegn policy has been trashed by Soros. Nobody elected or appointed George Soros to conduct foriegn policy. Some of Soros's dealing were illegal. Using the media to boost financial strategy is unethical. Is Soros using the financial media to line his own pockets?

This was a very good book that just needed one extra chapter.


Mr. Ducky said...

Why so harsh on Soros, Beak.

He has an anti-communist history that was very effective especially in Poland and Czechoslavakia.

What's the knock against him? The fat blimp speaker of the house and the Bush tool who wrote "Bias" didn't like him donating to Kerry and he is a famous jew who does not get 100% Israel.

The charges against him seem a little flimsy.

beakerkin said...

Soros has a mixed record at best. He is proposing a global war on poverty and this has been a disaster everywhere it is tried. US Citizens are prohibited from conducting their own foreign policy. Many of his moves are borderline criminal.

I see him as a pyscho but Mr Poe percieves Soros as caculating, decietful and dangerous. Mr Poe is closer to the truth.

nanc said...

o.t. - dana's back.

Anonymous said...

Che Sucky Ducky blithers:

"He has an anti-communist history that was very effective especially in Poland and Czechoslavakia."

Just because Stalin killed other Communists to gain ascendancy would you consider him Anti-Communist??

I will pretend you are just uninformed and not a MORON.

Soros' work in the Iron Curtain Countries created organisations loyal to HIM, obeying HIM, profiting HIM, and looking a lot like Hitler's youth groups and Blackshirts.

In the US, Soros has organised a group of Millionaires+ to attack the Republican Party, Conservatives in general, by BUYING THE LEFT and USING THEIR AGENDA!!!

Where is th good news here??


Anonymous said...

Che Sucky Ducky,

Honestly, I don't get it.

Marx was Jewish, Lennin was Jewish, Soros is Jewish, Israel is a Democratic Socialist state, what have you got against them??


The current Israel has been around for 60 years and their head count is probably under 100,000 for BOTH SIDES !!!!


You Che MORON!!!

MissingLink said...

Soros has a criminal vision of creating 'one size fits all' world which is not too diffrent to the world of Hitler, Islam or communism for that matter.
Together with creeps like Maurice Strong they attempt to influence (read control) us for our own good.
Scary, very scary.
They use NGOs and banners of peace, love, environment, multiculturalism and you name it, to achieve their sinister goals.
These people are very bad news.

Anonymous said...

Here is an interesting involvement of Soros in current issues:

"The agenda behind the attacks on Guantanamo is to build up pressure to force the U.S. to turn these prisoners over to an international tribunal, probably run by the United Nations. One of the main proponents of this idea is Ken Gude of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress. He has suggested that the prisoners be tried by something like the Lockerbie Tribunal, which was set up by the Clinton Administration and the U.N. to handle the Pan Am 103 terrorism case. The plane, carrying 189 Americans, was destroyed by a bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988."

Here is the URL:

The Merry Widow said...

In other words, Soro's is a utopian! Foolishness!It's interesting that people who have a lack of control in their own lives feel the need to control everything else in their sphere of influence! The more money or power they have, the farther the horizons of utopia they want! It's all about power and control. Money, politics, sometimes religion are all avenues to the goal, more power to effect more control! I have noticed in the situation in our church, that those with the messiest and least controlled private lives and families want the most control! Sad! And dangerous.


Anonymous said...


In SOROS' case I would guess that he USES Utopians to promote his OWN agenda of CONTROL!!!