My friend P.W. “Patch” Adams, is an experienced blogger who extensively covered the St. Louis Tea Party scene at ‘Po’ed Patriot‘, who has written an alarming and thoroughly blood pumping book, “Paradise Lost” – a tale of how our sustainable hi-tech conveniences are well on their way to turning our ever more comfortable lives into still more convenient – and disposable – tools for furthering other people’s plans for us.
Patch enjoyed a reputation for capturing key moments of the 2008-2011 Tea Party period, often riotous ones, with video images that went viral from one blog to the next, got picked up by powerhouse blogs such as The Gateway Pundit, Rebel Pundit and Breitbart.com, and not infrequently made the nightly news. Simply put, if you organized a Tea Party event in the St. Louis area and didn’t have Patch, or his buddy Adam Sharp of SharpElbows.net there to cover it, something had gone wrong with your planning, or, if you were a union hall or politician, you thanked your lucky stars.
But beyond the images he preferred to focus on, Patch brought a dogged skill for research, frequently tracing a casual public comment, on back through a labyrinth of organizational relations and academic papers, to a union of far left philosophy, hi-tech wizardry and political and judicial strategies that the initial commentator would just as soon have preferred to have kept under wraps. From elected law makers privately feted with communist party awards, to students being taught how to riot or shake down businesses, to ‘conservative’ money men selling ‘free enterprise’ to the public while behind the scenes quietly entangling local govts into the interests of the international sustainability movement – Patch showed how too often the details behind the public headlines, had a way of circling all the way around back and into your own lap through the latest gadgets of must have smart technological conveniences, in your pocket, your kitchen and your car.
Too many of those posts were noticed least by those who are being affected by them the most. And so when the St.Louis Tea Party imploded in late 2011, Patch, like many others, took a step back from the political front lines for a much deserved breather, but unlike most he didn’t remain idle, but instead turned his focus from capturing images, to telling a story of what the world he had been doing his best to warn us about, would actually look like, should our favorite hi-tech toys and best environmental dreams, be successfully merged into something very much suited for taking control of our lives.
The central character of “Paradise Lost” is Vic Connolly, newly discharged from the Army, and headed back home to St. Louis for his ‘surprise!’ discharge party. The St. Louis of Connolly’s 2029 is a city where all the sustainable wishes of the Greenest fancy have been granted, transforming it into a lush, bustling city of public transportation systems efficiently carrying its residents between homes filled with the latest smart tech conveniences, or to its airport hub and the rings which centralize and separate its industrial zones from the verdant parks, and TSA guarded neighborhoods of suburban bliss.
But the story really begins in our time today, two years ago actually, as it has already begun for many of us, with the free installation of a new technological convenience.
A utility workmen knocks on a lady’s door to let her know he’s there to swap out her old equipment with a new wireless model, assuring her it will save her from being bothered each month by meter readers having to come on her property.
“…If you would like more information, you can visit our website. The address is on this pamphlet…”
And like most of us, her unconcerned response is
“Alright then go ahead, just make it quick. I was about to get online and chat with my mother.”
“Yes ma’am, it should only take a few minutes.”
And who would argue with that:Free; Convenient; Informational. Nice.
From that brief moment the narrative jumps 17 years ahead and lands the reader smack dab into a screaming terror of adventure. It begins with a bang and the action never lets up, making clear to us what else has been going on behind (and under) the scenery of convenient appearances, exposing how the new normal of our lives has been conveniently consuming our ability to call our lives, ‘our’ lives, at all.
By the time the story reaches its climax, it will have shot you across the country and back, concluding with an epic edge-of-your-seat escape, at the end of which you’ll understand why the appearances of our modern reality are standing with muddy feet upon the more substantial ideas of our past, and it very much depends upon that past remaining forgotten. This is the world that Patch has been seeing and warning us about for several years now, and it should scare the hell out of you every bit as much as it does Vic Connely’s family and friends.
But the most frightening part of “Paradise Lost” might be that all you need to do to ensure that this adventure story becomes your reality, is – nothing at all.
How’s that for convenience?
Do yourself a favor, buy this book today, before tomorrow gives it to you for free.
“Indiscernible Tyranny – Paradise Lost”
By P.W. Adams