February 7, 2023

Movement Makers: How Young Activists Upended the Politics of Climate Change

Growing up with an impending sense of doom from the threat to our planet, younger generations feel a deep sense of urgency around the issue of climate change. In Movement Makers, Nick Engelfried recounts the history of youth-led climate activism in the 21st century.

Engelfried divides this history into three parts: first, he examines the […]

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December 13, 2022

Good Intentions–Bad Consequences: Voters’ Information Problems

This is a serious book by an American emeritus economics professor who argues that voters could use better information to elect better leaders, to the greater good.

Author Phillip Nelson acknowledges voters need better information, but he focuses on just one group: “naïve altruistic liberals.” Citing economics literature, he argues that most liberals want to […]

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October 3, 2022

Losing Our Elections: What I Learned Running for Congress, and How We Can Fix Our Broken Politics

Political neophyte Jim Spurlino gives away the ending to his story in the Preface: He lost the crowded Republican primary for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District in 2016. Nonetheless, it’s almost impossible to put his story down.

Spurlino’s candid, if self-serving, account of four months as a one-time candidate exposes the election machinery that elects Republican […]

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September 21, 2022

The Ranting of an Uneducated Reactionary

In The Ranting of an Uneducated Reactionary, Oscar Phillips—who notes that he became a “conservative” who “then began moving to the right” and describes himself as “one of America’s pre-eminent anti-socialists” — writes about the ills of liberalism.

Phillips is a libertarian who favors laissez-faire capitalism. “The three Cs (the Constitution, Capitalism and Christianity),” he […]

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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 4, 2022

So You Want To Be A Dictator: A Supreme Leadership Guide For The Aspiring Authoritarian

With the world currently experiencing a “shift toward authoritarianism,” the time is ripe for a self-help manual for would-be tyrants. That’s the premise of C.T. Jackson’s satirical attack on tyranny, which masquerades as a how-to guide for humorous effect.

The author begins by listing the ideal psychological traits (narcissism, paranoia), diet, exercise regimen, and relevant […]

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May 23, 2022

Hey, White Man, How Much Longer? Hey, Black Man, Awake!

Civil engineer Francis Hinga Lahai outlines the causes of and ways to combat cultural and economic racism in this overview.

Lahai, who was born in Sierra Leone and studied in the UK and China, draws on his world traveling experience to predict an end to white supremacism, in part due to changing global demographics. The […]

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December 27, 2021

How Reasonable Americans Could Support Trump: Helping liberals understand the MAGAverse, and whatever comes next

In our politically polarized society, Brian Rees undertakes an ambitious effort in his book How Americans Could Support Trump: Helping liberals understand the MAGAverse and whatever comes next.

Rees is an MD with two master’s degrees, retired after 38 years in the Army. He’s a registered Independent but favors the Republican party. Yet he disagrees […]

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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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