My book Custom Maid for New World Disorder, published in 2004, was republished the following year with a new cover with the word spin added to the title. Everything else in the two editions remained identical.
The reason for this reincarnation as Custom Maid Spin for New World Disorder was the virtual explosion of the Internet and social media. The meteoric development of the World Wide Web, social media platforms and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11, created a new world of spin: what we today commonly refer to as “fake news.”
The astronomical growth in the volume of fake news since 9/11 culminated in 1/6 – the day when America’s Capitol was attacked and invaded for the first time by angry citizens. Five people died in that melee; hundreds were hurt, arrested and a lot more became disillusioned with political establishments as the world watched in disbelief what “democratic” America has suddenly become.
But was it a sweet or a bitter 1/6? Was it a civil war, cultural war, or America redefining herself as the republic’s Founding Fathers had intended?
This book is an attempt to understand better what happened between 9/11 and 1/6, to connect political, religious, legal and sexual dots along the path that led to the attack on the Capitol, where a joint session of both houses of Congress was in session certifying the Electoral College votes that would determine who the president of the nation will be for the following four years – the incumbent Donald John Trump or the contestant Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Trump later faced his second impeachment trial for inciting the insurrection and attack on American democracy, the first president to be impeached after leaving office – and really, why is it China’s fault?
From 2005 to the publication of Backspin, my blogs are signposts that mapped down political, religious, legal, sexual paths and freeways, not only in America, but also in China and the rest of the world. This book captures and crystalizes those pointers to show how We the Maids have allowed the career politicians we elected to serve us, lead us to this mess – and to an even worse world disorder that is looming on the horizon.
Why Backspin? It is a whack that makes a curvy ball that comes towards you rotate backwards, which in turn imparts an upward force that lifts the ball.
Isn’t it time that We the Maids, the people, do a political and economic Backspin to roll back things and lift the political and economic game to a new level?
First and foremost with the primary underlying cause for protests. HOUSING! I think it is time to address and constructively change various and rampant rent policies globally – especially in my hometown Hong Kong.
Chapter 8 of the book shares my personal experience as a California lawyer, developer, landlord and Hong Kong tenant, and based on that experience, proposes a solution that Hong Kong can introduce as a model that other cities globally can adopt and modify.
Published on July 13, 2021, Chapter 8 shall be followed each month thereafter, by a chapter per the dates in the table of contents that follows – Charles Dickens style.