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I left my career in applied research and engineering to pursue writing, painting and hiking with my dogs (with permission from the cats). The Father: America Leaves the American Century is my debut novel, and 2014 Global eBook Award winner in New Adult Fiction. The Worst of Things: America in the 21st Century is the second in this series. For me, writing is not about the usual measures of success; it’s about the message expressed through literary fiction. I am passionate about the defense of reason in our age of ever growing unreason, realizing that reason also has limits. The Father Trilogy treats evolution of the human condition in concert with that of modernity. Back-and-forth interactions of individuals and their movements (social, tech ...more

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Brett Alan Williams I pick two couples for the reason they reflect my evolution in thought about society. Early in life: Hank Rearden and Daggny Taggart of Ayn Rand's Atl…moreI pick two couples for the reason they reflect my evolution in thought about society. Early in life: Hank Rearden and Daggny Taggart of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. They were hyper-rational, without emotion, driven to success and conquest. They appealed to me as a teenager because they fit my worldview. I wanted to be like them. That changed. Later I found Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester most impressive, not only for their amazing command of language, but their virtue. Rand's characters are the epitome of individualism, autonomy, and purpose. Brontë's are virtuous, with belonging, and meaning. To me these are the two competing themes of modernity vs. tradition.(less)
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November 2: Charlie’s Exposé, Part 1: When America’s Right-Wing Became What it Most Despised

Not long ago, America’s political Right could be defined by a host of principles and beliefs. Among them: respect for the Constitution; Edmond Burke-like esteem for traditions that bridle human nature’s negative inclinations; fiscal responsibility that considered excess debt as hazardous for the country as it was for the home; a strong national defense; respect for the teachings of Jesus; and sinc Read more of this blog post »
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American Ideals by Daniel N. Robinson
"Excellent presentation exploring the ideals behind the establishment of the US government and adoption of the constitution. References to great philosophers, political theorists, and the founding fathers from early Greece to the 18th century succinct" Read more of this review »
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I never imagined I could develop an interest in Arthurian stories from those dull and dreary Middle Ages, but once again, Campbell enlightened my ignorance and sent me off on new avenues of study. In this series, we get some broad historical backgrou ...more
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I found this book captivating and frustrating. Almost every page quotes some authority, while often, no origin or source is given. The reader is left to wonder who, where, when the reference came from, or if Kurt Anderson—also a novelist—invented the ...more
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The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies by Susan Jacoby
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In Daniel Webster’s 1826 eulogy for John Adams, he declared the young American republic was distinguished by “an unconquerable spirit of free inquiry, and by a diffusion of knowledge…such has been before altogether unknown and unheard of.” By 2005, B ...more
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Mesmeric as the Warren Report and Pentagon Papers, the Steele Dossier is the bombshell that pulled back the covers on Trump and Putin in bed together. What was first dismissed, even by the New York Times, as wide-eyed paranoia, The Guardian called “o ...more
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“I asked him, ‘If I had died when I fell from that tree, would I wake up in the Kingdom, freed, like they say?’ And do you know what he told me, Miss Pancake? He said, ‘The Kingdom of the Father is upon the land, and men do not see it.”
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“It’s more than money now, Candice. It’s a memory maker…Hold this penny tight, close your eyes, and no matter where you are or when, you’ll find yourself back here with me in this very spot.”
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“Joseph said, ‘Beware of luxury and too much comfort, John. Avoid crowds and their approval. These things corrupt character. Doing makes a man, not display.”
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“I asked him, ‘If I had died when I fell from that tree, would I wake up in the Kingdom, freed, like they say?’ And do you know what he told me, Miss Pancake? He said, ‘The Kingdom of the Father is upon the land, and men do not see it.”
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“If two pilgrims, which have wandered some few miles together, have a heart's grief when they are near to part, what must the sorrow be at the parting of two so loving friends and never-loathing lovers as the body and the soul?”
William Drummond 1623

“Every once in awhile the human race pauses in the job of botching its affairs and redeems itself by a noble work of the intellect.”
Murray Rothbard

“When an individual becomes over-involved in a topic of conversation, others are drawn from the talk to the talker. One man's eagerness is another man's alienation. Readiness to become over-involved is a form of tyranny practiced by children, prima donnas and lords, placing feelings above moral rules that should have made society safe for interaction.”
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