A really fun cook book to skim through. It includes the Harry Potter origin of each recipe and also a little bit about the European origin of each traA really fun cook book to skim through. It includes the Harry Potter origin of each recipe and also a little bit about the European origin of each traditional recipe. I would like to add this to my collection of cook books and actually try some of the recipes.
Must try: Pumpkin Juice Big bummer: It didn't include a recipe for Butterbeer?? Thank you Pinterest for various recipes. ...more
This book was much different than I thought it would be. It's not a liberal bashing book by any means, even at the end of the book "exposing three wayThis book was much different than I thought it would be. It's not a liberal bashing book by any means, even at the end of the book "exposing three ways conservatives are just as prone to this human yearning." I also learned that there are many different types of fascism. A few passages from the book:
Goldberg adds his definition to the many: "Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve the common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion, must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity is part of the "problem" and therefore defined as the enemy. I will argue that contemporary American liberalism embodies all of these aspects of fascism."
"Hitler purchased popularity with lavish social welfare programs and middle-class perks, often paid for with stolen Jewish wealth and high taxes on the rich."
"'Oh, just this one brick. What's wrong with this brick?' is how liberals argue about every stage of their project. But it's not just one brick. Nor should conservatives believe it is merely a slippery slope. That image suggests forces outside of our control pulling us in a direction not of our choosing. If society is moving in a direction not of its choosing, it is often because it is being pushed by the self-appointed forces of progress."
"When conservative proposals are rebuffed with insinuations of fascist motives, it not only cheapens public discourse but also helps beat back much-needed reforms, and it does so not through argument but through intimidation."
"I have repeatedly made it clear that modern liberals are not cartoonish Nazi villains. These people aren't storm troopers or commissars; they're campus student-life directors and diversity managers, child psychologists and anti-smoking crusaders....The real threat is that the promise of American life will be frittered away for a bag of magic beans called security. No, I don't mean that as an indictment of the Bush administration or the war on terror. There is a difference between literal security--defending the public against external or illegal violence--and the figurative, quasi-religious security promised by the Third Way. Many progressives seem to think we can transform America into a vast college campus where food, shelter, and recreation are all provided for us and the only crime is to be mean to somebody else, particularly a minority."
"Communism was reactionary because it tried to make a tribe of the working class. Italian Fascism tried to make a tribe of the nation. Nazism tried to make a tribe of the German race. Multicultural identity politics is reactionary because it sees life as a contest between different racial or sexual tribes. Similarly, Hillary Clinton's village is reactionary because it tries to restore the tribal comforts of smalltown life on a national and even universal level (her American village eventually melts into the global village)."
"...conservatism believes that the role of the state should be limited and its meddling should be seen as an exception. If conservatism loses this general rule--as it has under George W. Bush--it ceases to be conservatism properly understood."
"Liberals are right because they 'care,' we are told, making 'compassion' the watchword of American politics. Liberals therefore control the argument without either explaining where they want to end up or having to account for where they've been. They've succeeded where the fascist intellectuals ultimately failed, making passion and activism the measure of political virtue, and motives more important than facts. Moreover, in a brilliant rhetorical maneuver they've managed to do this in large part by claiming that their opponents are the fascists."...more