March 12, 2024

Inside Impeachment: Diary of a Congressman

In an era of political party chaos and vituperation, when the law is often used as a weapon against political enemies rather than as an impartial standard to uphold, Clifford B. Stearns’ Inside Impeachment is a timely, compelling, and thought-provoking book.

Stearns, a Florida congressman for 24 years (1988-2012), kept a diary during the four […]

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January 30, 2024

The Soul of Adolescence Aligns with the Heart of Democracy: Orphans, Rebels and Civic Lovers Unite

Activist and educator Alfred H. Kurland offers an expansive overview of how to best mentor teens for civic participation and community improvement.

Kurland’s ambitious project covers enough material for multiple books. In the opening section, he reflects on his 30 years of involvement in youth education and services, noting experiences of violence (including a roommate […]

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November 21, 2023

Common Sense to the Nth Degree

In his Common Sense to the Nth Degree, Roger Shuman proposes solutions to “some basic problems” which, he feels, “we either cannot recognize…or feel powerless to do anything about.” This approach neatly references the original Common Sense wherein Thomas Paine declares that “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial […]

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November 7, 2023

The Free Market Manifesto!

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels envisioned a revolution where the workers would seize control of social forces and bring about a “dictatorship of the proletariat.” Author Kareim A. Haqq offers a manifesto diametrically opposed to Marx’s. Whereas Marx envisioned a period where power would be centralized in the State, Haqq offers […]

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August 22, 2023

Pyschosocial Political Dysfunction of the Republican Party

In this volume, Daniel B. Brubaker examines the Republican Party from a psychosocial viewpoint, noting what he sees as its many disorders.

Brubaker, who calls himself “one of the only truly progressive Republicans,” posits that the Republican Party has lost its way. His chapter titles—including “Psychology of Represented Personality Disorder Associated with Republicans” and “Fascism […]

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August 8, 2022

Branding Democrats: A Top-to-Bottom Reimagining of Campaign Strategies

Democrats won the White House and a Congressional majority in 2020 by a thin margin. President Biden’s approval ratings remain low, and political prognosticators question the party’s chances in the 2022 mid-term elections. Why the gloom when Democrats are the majority party?

The reason for their woes, claim this father/son team, is poor branding. They […]

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July 11, 2022

For the Hurt of My People: Original Conservatism and Better, Simpler Healthcare

All Americans are health insecure, writes family practice physician, author and healthcare activist Joseph Q. Jarvis. Whether it’s for their own healthcare or that of family members, Americans are forced to deal with a profit-driven, fundamentally broken healthcare system.

Americans already tax themselves enough to deliver basic healthcare to all, the author notes, yet the […]

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November 22, 2021

Different Essays: (They’re Certainly Different)

In Different Essays, Australian writer Charles Pinwill alternatively refers to himself as a “mongrel dog” and “an essayist on the verge of sanity,” by way of indicating he doesn’t accept many of society’s norms and intends to shake other people out of “the confinement of (their) conditioned (shells).”

Pinwill’s pieces focus on politics, economics, and […]

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November 22, 2021

Government 2.0

“Governments around the world are going broke with debt. The credit card is almost maxed out,” declares author Joseph Albert Gorski in his Government 2.0. He believes that a major cause of these woes is “fiat money,” the government monopoly on currency that allows it to print money at will, untethered by a gold standard […]

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