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Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen
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I speed read WHY LIBERALISM FAILED a while back when it first came out. Candidly, I did not love it. I do think it is a worthwhile read. My initial take was negative mostly because I regard this as an unstable time. Not a good moment to be criticizin ...more
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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I first read Robert Pirsig’s ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE in 1975. It was assigned reading in a political theory course offered by the political science department of my university. I have no recall what the professor had to say about MO ...more
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S. S. Proleterka by Fleur Jaeggy
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Testosterone may be useful for personal protection; but it is a social plague. One of the best measures of a civilised society is the degree of mitigation of the difference in physical power between the sexes. This is accomplished by..." Read more of this review »
Teaching Plato in Palestine by Carlos Fraenkel
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Interwar existentialism appeared as a sort of overnight philosophical and literary mushroom. Typically attributed to the intellectual spores thrown off by the 19th century philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, the single word des..." Read more of this review »
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“... in fact any good mind properly taught can think like Euclid and like Walt Whitman. The Renaissance, as we saw, was full of such minds, equally competent as poet and as engineers. The modern notion of "the two cultures," incompatible under one skull, comes solely from the proliferation of specialties in science; but these also divide scientists into groups that do not understand one another, the cause being the sheer mass of detail and the diverse terminologies. In essence the human mind remains one, not 2 or 60 different organs.”
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“Democracy is, among other things, the ability to say 'no' to the boss. But a man cannot say 'no' to the boss, unless he is sure of being able to eat when the boss's favour has been withdrawn.”
Aldous Huxley, Themes And Variations

“Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalised medium of reason, that's all we have between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feelings.”
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