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Stephen R. Covey

The State is Out of Date

April 16th, 2014


Gregory Sams’ 1998 book  Uncommon Sense – The State Is Out of Date has been updated and revised and is now out in print as  The State is Out of Date – We Can Do it Better . Here is some information about the book and the author from The State is Out of Date website:

Perhaps living in peace and harmony with each other is a more natural condition than that we experience in today’s strife-ridden world. Perhaps, like everything else in the natural world, we organize better from the bottom up than from the top down.

Whether confused, bemused or abused by the political process, The State Is Out of Date re- assures readers that politics is not even the primary game in town, though it may sometimes look like the only one. It is a book for those who wonder why politics isn’t working and what would.


From 1967, Gregory Sams was pioneering natural foods in the UK, in partnership with his brother Craig. He opened Seed macrobiotic restaurant in Paddington at the age of 19, Ceres grain store in the Portobello Road soon after, then Harmony Foods (now Whole Earth Foods) in 1970, as well as being closely involved with Harmony Magazine and Seed, the Journal of Organic Living. He conceived and launched the original VegeBurger in 1982, adding a word to the language as he opened up the market for vegetarian foods. In 1990 Greg moved out of food and into fractals, founding Strange Attractions – the world’s only shop ever dedicated to chaos theory. Trading as chaOs worKs, he went on to produce and license fractal images worldwide on everything from posters to book covers to fashion fabrics. His interest in chaos theory, however, was not just for the sexy images, but for the social lessons inherent in the discovery of self-organizing systems throughout the world. This led him to write and publish, in 1998, his first book, Uncommon Sense – The State Is Out of Date. It was well received and, enjoying his role as an author, Gregory spent the first seven years of the next millennium writing Sun of gOd, in which, as he puts it, the biggest elephant-in-the-room that you could ever imagine is unveiled. In 2012/13 Gregory refreshed and upgraded much of his first book, now republished as The State Is Out Of Date – We Can Do It Better. The timing was right and the digital edition hit the Internet on Oct 1st, the day that Uncle Sam shut down for lack of funds. The print edition launches April, 2014.

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