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A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
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This should really be a Little History of Europe but very enjoyable read nonetheless.
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Hard to read in the good way (it's a sucker punch to the gut). But also a little hard to follow in that it's one long stream of consciousness. Would still recommend a read as a voice of multifaceted America.
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The laws themselves are brilliant but it's very evident that all the anecdotes come from just a few slivers of recent history, which can be monotonous. Maybe more efficient in the condensed form.
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I loved this book for bringing me to something that feels incredibly remote to me, reminding me once again that there are many Americas and many American narratives. However, it's worth noting that most positive reviews of this are from the left and ...more
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Yuval Noah Harari
“As far as we can tell from a purely scientific viewpoint, human life has absolutely no meaning. Humans are the outcome of blind evolutionary processes that operate without goal or purpose. Our actions are not part of some divine cosmic plan, and if planet earth were to blow up tomorrow morning, the universe would probably keep going about its business as usual. As far as we can tell at this point, human subjectivity would not be missed. Hence any meaning that people inscribe to their lives is just a delusion.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Timothy Snyder
“If the politics of inevitability is like a coma, the politics of eternity is like hypnosis: We stare at the spinning vortex of cyclical myth until we fall into a trance—and then we do something shocking at someone else’s orders. The”
Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Yuval Noah Harari
“Another example is the modern political order. Ever since the French Revolution, people throughout the world have gradually come to see both equality and individual freedom as fundamental values. Yet the two values contradict each other. Equality can be ensured only by curtailing the freedoms of those who are better off. Guaranteeing that every individual will be free to do as he wishes inevitably short-changes equality. The entire political history of the world since 1789 can be seen as a series of attempts to reconcile this contradiction. Anyone who has read a novel by Charles Dickens knows that the liberal regimes of nineteenth-century Europe gave priority to individual freedom even if it meant throwing insolvent poor families in prison and giving orphans little choice but to join schools for pickpockets. Anyone who has read a novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn knows how Communism’s egalitarian ideal produced brutal tyrannies that tried to control every aspect of daily life. Contemporary American politics also revolve around this contradiction. Democrats want a more equitable society, even if it means raising taxes to fund programmes to help the poor, elderly and infirm. But that infringes on the freedom of individuals to spend their money as they wish. Why should the government force me to buy health insurance if I prefer using the money to put my kids through college? Republicans, on the other hand, want to maximise individual freedom, even if it means that the income gap between rich and poor will grow wider and that many Americans will not be able to afford health care. Just as medieval culture did not manage to square chivalry with Christianity, so the modern world fails to square liberty with equality. But this is no defect. Such contradictions are an inseparable part of every human culture. In fact, they are culture’s engines, responsible for the creativity and dynamism of our species. Just”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Will Durant
“Animals eat one another without qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law. Co-operation”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History

Timothy Snyder
“Both of these positions, inevitability and eternity, are antihistorical. The only thing that stands between them is history itself. History allows us to see patterns and make judgments. It sketches for us the structures within which we can seek freedom. It reveals moments, of each of them different, none entirely unique. To understand one moment is to see the possibility of being the cocreator of another. History permits us to be responsible: not for everything, but for something. The Polish poet Czesław Miłosz thought that such a notion of responsibility worked against loneliness and indifference. History gives us the company of those who have done and suffered more than we have.”
Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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