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Book Review: Just Three Minutes, Please

Just Three Minutes, Please:  Thinking Out Loud On Public Radio, by Michael Blumenthal This is the sort of book that raises questions of why the government funds mouthbreathers like this author to be on the radio.  The only positive quality … Continue reading

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Self-Censorship: An Ambiguous Sign Of Coercion

While I am by no means an extremist when it comes to libertarianism in such ways as free speech, as a somewhat outspoken and well-traveled writer I am certainly familiar with the awkwardness and unpleasantness that results from living in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Origins Of Political Order

The Origins Of Political Order:  From Prehuman Times to The French Revolution, by Francis Fukuyama This is by no means an easy book to read, coming in at about 500 pages of pretty dense material relating to political science, but … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dictator’s Handbook

The Dictator’s Handbook:  Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics, by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita And Alastair Smith This book is a very cynical one, but that is not always a bad thing.  In fact, when it comes to … Continue reading

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Book Review: It’s Even Worse Than It Looks

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein This book is not good, to put it very mildly.  It is, however, a type of bad book that deserves attention because it is bad mainly … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Diana Ross

Like some artists on this list of snubs, Diana Ross is technically in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Supremes, with whom she started her music career.  That said, like many artists, she not … Continue reading

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Je M’appelle Gummy Bear

Some years ago, when I still lived in Florida, I became fascinated with the French version of a meme song that was a hit in the United States called “Je M’appelle Gummy Bear.”  There were other versions of the song … Continue reading

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Just A Little Bit Caught In The Middle

About two decades ago or so I visited the country of Ghana, and while I was there I had the opportunity to talk with a taxi driver who was somewhat bitter about his experiences in the United States before being … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander This is not a good book, but it is not as bad a book as it seems to want to be.  Admittedly, I am not the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Understanding Mass Incarceration

Understanding Mass Incarceration:  A People’s Guide To The Key Civil Rights Struggle Of Our Time, by James Kilgore I have yet to read a single book that was labeled as a “people’s guide” or a “people’s history” that was ever … Continue reading

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