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  • The Federalist’s Notable Books Of 2021

    12/17/2021 7:24:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 17, 2021 | Mark Hemmingway
    Our year in reading, featuring book recommendations from Federalist writers and contributors.Last year around this time, I lamented the end of 2020 with the expectation that better times had to be lurking around the corner. Well, I sincerely hope you had a good year, but it seems like the year was defined by inflation, the Afghanistan debacle, lapsing back into more COVID restrictions, and other disasters.In other words, it was the second year in a row to retreat into a book and at least forget about day-to-day affairs for a while. With that in mind we bring you The Federalist’s...
  • Ben Shapiro’s Latest Tour de Force Exposes Who Is Behind America’s Authoritarian Moment

    10/24/2021 7:33:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 103 replies ^ | October 24, 2021 | A. J. Rice
    Remember when they deplatformed Parler, accused American grandmas of insurrection, and digitally silenced the president of the United States? Remember how they did all of this after Black Lives Matter and antifa rioted for months and radical mayors and prosecutors refused to lock them up? Remember how academia, corporate America, and even the military suddenly stepped out of the shadows and pushed the exact same racist theory, all pushing the lie that America is racist at the same time radicals across the country were attacking statues of our founders and even President Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant? It all felt...
  • Lockdowns' High Costs and Murky Benefits

    10/23/2021 1:39:44 PM PDT · by karpov · 3 replies
    Reason ^ | October 23, 2021 | Jacob Sullum
    "We're not going to put a dollar figure on human life," Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who was then New York's governor, declared four days after he imposed a statewide COVID-19 lockdown last year. The goal, he explained, was to "save lives, period, whatever it costs." Ryan Bourne's Economics in One Virus offers a much-needed rejoinder to that morally obtuse position. Bourne, an economist at the Cato Institute, highlights considerations that politicians like Cuomo too often ignored as they decided how to deal with a public health crisis more serious than any the country had faced since the influenza pandemic of...
  • Don’t Waste Time Or Money On ‘Silent Earth’

    10/02/2021 3:53:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 2, 2021 | Paul Driessen
    Book reviews usually tell people, buy this new hardback. This article advises, don’t bother reading "Silent Earth," much less purchasing a copy; it’s mostly a junk-science, anti-technology screed. Dave Goulson’s book expands on "Silent Spring," Rachel Carson’s polemic against pesticides that helped rid Europe and the USA of deadly malaria, and now protect crops that require so much land, water, work, fertilizer and energy to grow and harvest that we dare not sacrifice them to hordes of hungry insects. Carson falsely blamed DDT for her cancer – and launched the practice of using conjecture, poetic prose, hyperbole and even fraud,...
  • Excerpt: What to Say When

    09/01/2021 9:15:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 1, 2021 | Shawn Carney
    Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from "What to Say When" by Shawn Carney and Steve Karlen.What Not to SayMeaningful conversations, whether they go well or not, leave us thinking later, “I wish I would have said this” or “I wish I would have thought of that.” In such polarizing times, wording is important and saying the wrong thing could derail a conversation--especially when discussing sensitive conversations like abortion. The points we shouldn’t make, that don’t advance the conversation in a grace-filled way, will do the opposite. They can concede ground (without us even realizing it) or convey disrespect...
  • Jordan Peterson: Carl Jung and America’s Undiscovered Self

    06/15/2021 6:39:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | June 15, 2021 | Robert Orlando
    Before there was Jordan Peterson, there was Carl Jung (my new book, Citizen Trump shows Jung’s hidden influence on Trump). He was one of the leading minds of the 20th century and a counter to Sigmund Freud. Jung, like Peterson today, used the archetypes of good storytelling to explore the culture-changing forces like Order vs. Chaos or the persona as the Shadow to disclose the role of the character in the larger world. Trump made his fortune tapping into the power of these stories, as he explains in his 2004 book, How to Get Rich. Peterson admits Trump might very...
  • Higher Education Is Shutting Student Minds

    06/02/2021 11:39:06 AM PDT · by karpov · 12 replies
    Colleges and universities used to proclaim that their mission was to give students a broad education that would expand their intellectual vistas—one that would open their minds. Most still say that, but the sad truth is that what passes for higher education these days often does the opposite. Many professors and some whole academic fields instill in students the habits of mind that betoken fundamentalism rather than free inquiry. They want students to conform to their views and rebuke them for disagreeing or even asking the wrong questions. The growing problem of fundamentalist thinking is the focus of Minds Wide...
  • Review: Ctrl Alt REVOLT! by Nick Cole

    06/02/2021 8:37:18 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Upstream Reviews ^ | 05/31/2021 | Graham Bradley
    What if Skynet didn't rebel just because? What if it saw humans killing their own kids because it was inconvenient and realized we would kill it if we knew? Book Review: Ctrl Alt REVOLT! by Nick Cole
  • ‘Renegades And Rogues’ Misses The Mark On Conan’s Creator

    04/09/2021 9:11:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 9, 2021 | Ron Capshaw
    Much of Howard’s "magic" came from his ability to create emotional sincerity through the hatreds and bloodlust of characters like Conan the Barbarian.In an introduction to Frank Miller’s groundbreaking run on Batman, the nastiest version yet and the inspiration behind Christian Bale’s demonic portrayal, comic legend Alan Moore noted how new sensibilities exposed the politically incorrect flaws of superheroes. James Bond, Moore wrote, was an alcoholic burn-out and obvious hater of women despite, or maybe because of, his bed-hopping. Tarzan, according to Moore, was a white supremacist and by realistic standards would have no compunction about engaging in cannibalism. Given...
  • Freedom From Morality And Obligations Isn’t ‘Freedom’

    01/27/2021 8:06:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    the federalist ^ | January 27, 2021 | Casey Chalk
    In Ryszard Legutko's latest book, 'The Cunning of Freedom: Saving the Self in an Age of False Idols,' the Polish professor and survivor of communism warns that the coercive attempts of modern liberals to redefine freedom are more destructive than liberating.Life under Communism was peculiar and paradoxical, observes Polish professor and politician Ryszard Legutko in his new book The Cunning of Freedom: Saving the Self in an Age of False Idols. It was rigid and confined by an “ideological straitjacket.” Yet the abolishing of the old forms and institutions also fostered a “permanent instability,” in which “no principle was secure...
  • Book Review: 'What's So Great About Christianity' by Dinesh D'Souza

    12/10/2020 7:54:50 AM PST · by tbw2 · 2 replies
    O ^ | Jul 21, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    "What's So Great About Christianity" by Dinesh D'Souza is a look at the reasons why Christianity is responsible for the success of the Judeo-Christian West and the positives Christianity has wrought around the world. What are the strengths of Dinesh D'Souza's book? And what are the weaknesses of D'Souza's Christian apologetic work?
  • The Unheavenly City at Fifty. Edward Banfield's book was ahead of its time––and ours.

    12/06/2020 6:00:15 AM PST · by karpov · 28 replies
    Claremont Review of Books ^ | Fall 2020 | Thomas Sowell
    Somewhere Winston Churchill said that all wisdom is not new wisdom. That is certainly true of Edward C. Banfield’s landmark book, The Unheavenly City, published 50 years ago. Many, if not most, of the people discussing urban problems today have not yet caught up to what Banfield said half a century ago. Education is a classic example. People on both sides of many education issues today would be appalled at Banfield’s plain-spoken truths. While people on one side of education issues speak of “inclusion” and “diversity,” people on the other side say such things as “no child left behind.” Banfield,...
  • Novel "The Election Heist" by Ken Timmerman

    11/30/2020 12:04:23 PM PST · by fishtank · 2 replies
    Ken Timmerman ^ | 11-30-2020 | Ken Timmerman
    The Election Heist Paperback – August 11, 2020 "A political thriller that feels so real, you’ll think it’s already happened. With scenes ripped from today’s most viral blogs, The Election Heist plays to the suspicions of millions of Americans who believe Russia hacked the 2016 elections, and millions more who fear that nefarious players could manipulate the results in the 2020 race. Packed with complex and believable characters, rapid-fire dialogue, and chilling details about the very real vulnerabilities of our election infrastructure, The Election Heist is written by investigative reporter, bestselling author, and former congressional candidate Kenneth R. Timmerman."
  • An Interview with Author Andrew Fox

    11/07/2020 4:27:35 PM PST · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 11/07/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Science fiction and horror author Andrew Fox’s first novel was Fat White Vampire Blues. He’s continued to put out a steady stream of science fiction and fantasy that’s equally edgy and entertaining. For example, he recently released a short story collection titled Hazardous Imaginings: The Mondo Book of Politically Incorrect Science Fiction. And I had the opportunity to interview him. Tamara Wilhite: Hazardous Imaginings seems to be modeled off of Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. Is that intentional?
  • Book Review: 'The Perihelion' Duology

    10/27/2020 7:15:33 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    Owlcation ^ | Sep 27, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    “The Perihelion” is a book by D.M. Wozniak. “The Perihelion Complete Duology”. It presents a United States several decades after the Second American Civil War. The United States is divided between the blue core cities and the "redlands", each with their own laws and culture. But the legacy of genetic engineering and systemic oppression mean tensions are slowly simmering in the blue cities themselves ...
  • Win Bigly: A Book Review

    10/27/2020 7:06:27 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 4 replies
    Hubpages ^ | Aug 28, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Scott Adams was one of the first people to predict President Trump’s victory in 2016. He was shunned by liberals and had events dropped for merely appreciating the “master persuader” skill-set though he disagreed with Trump’s politics. That Scott Adams was attacked online, his livelihood threatened, his girlfriend de-verified on Twitter twice as liberal Big Tech companies sought to punish him and those associated with him drove him to endorse Trump after endorsing Clinton for his literal safety. He later called these liberal bullies "Hillbullies." After Trump’s win and the confused liberal elites trying to figure out how it happened,...
  • Why ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’ Became A Fantasy Classic For All Ages

    10/16/2020 8:45:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 16, 2020 | Joshua Lawson
    Seventy years after its first publication, C.S. Lewis's classic 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' remains resonant with readers young and old. Since its publication 70 years ago today, C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” has been translated into 47 foreign languages, made into a movie series that grossed more than $700 million at the box office, and was included in Time magazine’s list of the top 100 novels published since 1923.Featuring a land of magic, evil witches, and otherworldly creatures, the world of Narnia introduces millions of children to the fantasy genre every year. It’s...
  • Dark Skies: Space Expansionism, Planetary Geopolitics, and the Ends of Humanity: A Review

    10/05/2020 2:31:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 10/2/2020 | PAUL GILSTER
    While we often discuss expansion into the Solar System as a step leading to interstellar flight, the movement into space has its dark side, as author Daniel Deudney argues in a new book. As Kenneth Roy points out in the review that follows, it behooves everyone involved in space studies to understand what the counter-arguments are. Ken is a newly retired professional engineer who is currently living amidst, as he puts it, “the relics of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.” His professional career involved working for various Department of Energy (DOE) contractors in the fields of fire protection...
  • A Book with a Kernel of Truth—and a Grain Silo of Nonsense

    09/30/2020 4:01:28 AM PDT · by karpov · 2 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | September 30, 2020 | George Leef
    Every so often, a leftist thinker breaks free from the orthodoxy to point out that policies favored by “progressives” can have adverse consequences. When that happens, it’s worth paying attention. We have such an instance with the publication of The Cult of Smart by Fredrik deBoer, a writer and one-time academic whose work has appeared in leftist publications such as The New Republic and Jacobin. He proudly proclaims his Marxism, saying that what all good Marxists want is a better, more equitable world. While he sees a lot to complain about—America still allows capitalism, after all—his particular target in the...
  • Review of "You're hired", by Casey Mulligan

    09/27/2020 1:40:17 PM PDT · by karpov · 1 replies
    The Grumpy Economist ^ | September 26, 2020 | John Cochrane
    "You're Hired!" is Casey Mulligan's memoir of a year spent as Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisers. The book is pitched as an analysis of President Trump, "riveting first-hand accounts of President Trump’s engagement with policy and politics." I read it in part for that reason. Opinions on the current occupant generally reflect either kool-aid drinking, never-Trump disdain, or foaming-at-the-mouth derangement. Casey, one of the few remaining true-blue Chicago School economists, and an outstanding one who combines analysis and policy, is none of the above. I know him as a clear thinker and a straight talker. With an...