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A Combat of Crazes
By Daulton Dickey
2012
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating:  4 stars
 
In this collection of eleven essays, Dickey presents valid thoughts to consider related to the economic crisis.  He strives to share a more realistic view by dispelling the fiction surrounding it.  While reading these essays, this reviewer could help recalling a bumper sticker that states, “Reality.  What a concept!”  It is the reality in these essays that earned A Combat of Crazes a four star review.
 
Unless one stops to reflect on a situation, conscious of the fictions that government, media, and others try to perpetuate, one’s concepts so formed will blind to the factual truth.  Unless one seeks a solution based on the facts of a situation, and not on socially induced fictitious concepts, the solution grows to be more and more unattainable.
 
From “A Letter to Bertrand Russell: A Glance at Concepts and Reason” to “Are We in a Golden Age of Political Journalism?”, with nine other subjects discussed in between, Dickey has done a good job of giving thinking individuals valid concepts to consider.
 
As the beginning quote form H.L. Menchen at the book’s beginning informs, “Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
 
When frightened, one does not think clearly.  The solution is for one not to be afraid, but to think.