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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    Some suggestions for reading in the new year, please be aware should you accept the challenge of reading a few of the books listed below you will be changed. Proceed with caution. Great Holiday gifts too.

    “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Cassandra Clare

    Alpha order. Various topics.

    'Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle' by Daniel L. Everett
    'Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis' by J. D. Vance
    'House of cards : psychology and psychotherapy built on myth' by Robyn M. Dawes
    'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain' David Eagleman
    'Merchants of Doubt' by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. M. Conway
    'On Human Nature' by Edward O. Wilson
    'On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century' by Timothy Snyder
    'One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath' by Seierstad, Åsne and Sarah Death
    'Paul Farmer: Servant to the Poor' by Jennie Weiss Block
    'Prehistory: The Making Of The Human Mind' by Colin Renfrew
    'The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark' Carl Sagan
    'The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century' by Peter Watson
    'The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy' Albert O. Hirschman
    'The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science' by Will Storr
    'Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West' John Ralston Saul
    'World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech' by Franklin Foer
    'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance' By Robert Pirsig

    Check Goodreads for reviews, many of the books are challenging and they will change you and change the way you see.


    "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." David Bailey
    I have read Hillbilly elegy. Good read. I can relate as I lived in Middletown, OH for a little over a year. Left at the earliest opportunity. What a shit hole. Damned Hillbillies ruined the place.
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    "You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." Ray Bradbury


    'How Democracies Die' Steven Levitsky And Daniel Ziblatt'

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/b...aniel-ziblatt/

    'Named One Of The Best Books Of The Year by The Washington Post • Time • Foreign Affairs • WBUR • Paste.'

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    "Democracies may die at the hands not of generals but of elected leaders—presidents or prime ministers who subvert the very process that brought them to power. Some of these leaders dismantle democracy quickly, as Hitler did in the wake of the 1933 Reichstag fire in Germany. More often, though, democracies erode slowly, in barely visible steps."
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    Americans take notice, quote from above book.

    'How Democracies Die'

    "Institutions become political weapons, wielded forcefully by those who control them against those who do not. This is how elected autocrats subvert democracy-packing and "weaponizing" the courts and other neutral agencies, buying off the media and the private sector (or bullying them into silence), and rewriting the rules of politics to tilt the playing field against opponents. The tragic paradox of the electoral route to authoritarianism is that democracy's assassins use the very institutions of democracy-gradually, subtly, and even legally-to kill it.

    America failed the first test in November 2016, when we elected a president with a dubious allegiance to democratic norms. Donald Trump's surprise victory was made possible not only by public disaffection but also by the Republican Party's failure to keep an extremist demagogue within its own ranks from gaining the nomination.

    How serious is the threat now? Many observers take comfort in our Constitution, which was designed precisely to thwart and contain demagogues like Donald Trump. Our Madisonian system of checks and balances has endured for more than two centuries. It survived the Civil War, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and Watergate. Surely, then, it will be able to survive Trump.

    We are less certain. Historically, our system of checks and balances has worked pretty well-but not, or not entirely, because of the constitutional system designed by the founders. Democracies work best-and survive longer,-where constitutions are reinforced by unwritten democratic norms. Two basic norms have preserved America's checks and balances in ways we have come to take for granted: mutual toleration, or the understanding that competing parties accept one another as legitimate rivals, and forbearance, or the idea that politicians should exercise restraint in deploying their institutional prerogatives. These two norms undergirded American democracy for most of the twentieth century. Leaders of the two major parties accepted one another as legitimate and resisted the temptation to use their temporary control of institutions to maximum partisan advantage. Norms of toleration and restraint served as the soft guardrails of American democracy, helping it avoid the kind of partisan fight to the death that has destroyed democracies elsewhere in the world, including Europe in the 1930s and South America in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Today, however, the guardrails of American democracy are weakening. The erosion of our democratic norms began in the 1980s and 1990s and accelerated in the 2000s. By the time Barack Obama became president, many Republicans, in particular, questioned the legitimacy of their Democratic rivals and had abandoned forbearance for a strategy of winning by any means necessary. Donald Trump may have accelerated this process, but he didn't cause it. The challenges facing American democracy run deeper. The weakening of our democratic norms is rooted in extreme partisan polarization-one that extends beyond policy differences into an existential conflict over race and culture. America's efforts to achieve racial equality as our society grows increasingly diverse have fueled an insidious reaction and intensifying polarization. And if one thing is clear from studying breakdowns throughout history, it's that extreme polarization can kill democracies.

    There are, therefore, reasons for alarm. Not only did Americans elect a demagogue in 2016, but we did so at a time when .....

    pps 8-9 'How Democracies Die' By Steven Levitsky And Daniel Ziblatt



    Podcast: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/22/57967...eeper-problems
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    There seems to be two separate democracies . Agreed there is extreme polarization and I’d divide it into urban and rural. Rural just wants to live in peace with protection from violent crime. Urban has become more and more tolerant of violent and street crime.
    Just read an article where several eastern Oregon counties have voted to secede from Oregon and incorporate into Idaho where the values are similar. Seems like a viable solution to me.

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    Another great read especially during these times.


    'This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality' by Peter Pomerantsev


    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...not-propaganda
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    I have finally come to understand QAnon. For now I'll just say it is about change. Not being a conspiracy fan - I feel so called conspiracy is right in the open and understandable. Q was a bit of a puzzle though. More readings for those who want to know and understand the whys.


    "Trump's rise to power was no aberration in American history and that the political project of Trumpism is still very much alive. The full title is "The Cruelty Is The Point: The Past, Present And Future Of Trump's America.""

    'Adam Serwer On New Book: 'The Cruelty Is The Point' In Trump's America'

    https://www.npr.org/2021/06/27/10107...-trump-america


    'The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything' Mike Rothschild - great read

    https://howtoacademy.com/podcasts/mi...rise-of-qanon/

    And: https://www.britannica.com/topic/QAnon


    'QAnon: What is it and where did it come from?'


    https://www.bbc.com/news/53498434


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Dillon View Post
    He's incredibly pompous and full of himself. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is pretty damned good though. Just started reading it again after many years.

    As for Naomi Oreskes, she should be put up against a wall and machine gunned.
    As Gustave Le Bo lamented: “The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduces them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.”

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