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 28, 2023

The Shepherds of Inequality: And the Futility of Our Efforts to Stop Them

In The Shepherds of Inequality, Dawn Pretorius declares money laundering “one of the world’s biggest and most vociferous sustainable industries.”

Defining dirty cash as profits from drug dealing, people trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal logging and mining operations, as well as tax evasion, insider trading, embezzlement, cybercrimes, identity theft and other “white-collar” shenanigans, Pretorius presents 60 […]

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August 28, 2023

Ending Wars on Uganda’s Children

This first-person account from a clinical psychologist tells of the attempts of a small group of American women to improve the educational opportunities of the children of war-ravaged Uganda.

The women, calling themselves “The Team,” working with Ugandans, begin in the States, setting up a nonprofit to receive donations and arranging their passage to Africa. […]

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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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November 15, 2022

Where in the World is God? Humanity as Mirror

Hope Raymond’s Where in the World is God explores the evolution of human consciousness from our earliest myths to our current technological era, offering speculation on the role of spirituality.

The book offers three sections. Part One explores the rise of Judeo-Christian tradition in which humans defined themselves in relation to God before science eroded […]

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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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April 4, 2022

Love and Honour? Marriage for Peace

Centuries before Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, Indian and Pakistani legends were filled with cautionary tales of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden romances led to their deaths. Sadly, such stories aren’t only ancient relics. In Love and Honour?: Marriage for Peace, Australian author David D.E. Evans demonstrates, with chilling precision, how the ostracism and murder of […]

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February 21, 2022

The Demogra-Fate Hypothesis

In The Demogra-Fate Hypothesis, author Nguyen Ba Thanh posits that a declining world birth rate, coupled with an increased median age in the world’s population, may lead to humanity’s extinction.

Birthrates for “more than 100 countries,” Thanh states, “have fallen below 2.1 per female lifetime, which is the minimum due to maintain a constant size […]

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