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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, one of the best and most enlightening books I've read in a while.
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Just finished Diary of a Wimpy Vampire: 'Cause the Undead Have Feelings Too, by Tim Collins. Not quite as funny as the Wimpy Kid series but still laugh-out-loud hilarious!

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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    I'm not reading anything but this thread. But the last thing I read was a strategy guide for Jak and Daxter.
    It's the simple things in life that really count; you can enjoy them and relish every moment, just don't expect them to do the dishes.

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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    "Don't Blink" james patterson.

    hey i like a good story, what can i say?
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by chadn737 View Post
    Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, one of the best and most enlightening books I've read in a while.
    I recently read a book called Regular Fascism by Mike Goldman. before that Conservative Fascism by Hank Greenstein. Both were quite enlightening. The sex scenes were great too. 50 shades of Dick Cheney, anyone?

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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by HCabret View Post
    I recently read a book called Regular Fascism by Mike Goldman. before that Conservative Fascism by Hank Greenstein. Both were quite enlightening. The sex scenes were great too. 50 shades of Dick Cheney, anyone?
    Sigh, another liberal who is butt hurt by the title of the book because he doesn't realize that it was taken from a speech by preeminent liberal and socialist HG Wells. Would you rather he have used the other term HG Wells proposed "Enlightened Nazism?"
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by HCabret View Post
    I recently read a book called Regular Fascism by Mike Goldman. before that Conservative Fascism by Hank Greenstein. Both were quite enlightening. The sex scenes were great too. 50 shades of Dick Cheney, anyone?
    now that was funny h, way to go
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Conservative Fascism is also an oxy-moron, Fascism is a left wing phenomenon, not a right wing one.
    "Suffering lies not with inequality, but with dependence." -Voltaire
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Good god, this thing is a brick, and I feel like the arguments (while perfectly valid) could definitely have been better described in a much shorter manner.
    "Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something."-Plato

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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Squatch347 View Post
    Sigh, another liberal who is butt hurt by the title of the book because he doesn't realize that it was taken from a speech by preeminent liberal and socialist HG Wells. Would you rather he have used the other term HG Wells proposed "Enlightened Nazism?"
    Liberal socialist, is that even possible? Am I a socialist? huh....?

    Was I really that "butt-hurt" or were you for me mocking mr. Well's speech? Enlightened Conservativism? Is that even possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatch347 View Post
    Conservative Fascism is also an oxy-moron, Fascism is a left wing phenomenon, not a right wing one.
    Conservatism is a right wing phenomenon though.

    PS. most politcal scientists would disagree with you. Fascism is normal located on the right end of the political spectrum. Communism is usually on the left side.

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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by HCabret View Post
    Liberal socialist, is that even possible? Am I a socialist? huh....?
    You realize that modern Liberals are politically on the left just as socialists are right? The political left is defined as collectivist in nature.

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    Was I really that "butt-hurt" or were you for me mocking mr. Well's speech? Enlightened Conservativism? Is that even possible?
    Have you ever heard that Mark Twain quote it being better to have everyone think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and prove it?

    In this statement you not only show you have absolutely no idea what the book is about, but you have no idea what my position even is. I'm not supporting H.G. Well's, he was a Leftist. You also seem to think that Naziism was "conservative" when it in fact, was also Leftist.

    Quote Originally Posted by HC
    PS. most politcal scientists would disagree with you. Fascism is normal located on the right end of the political spectrum. Communism is usually on the left side.
    Not really. Fascism is simply "right wing" socialism. That doesn't mean it is on the Right wing politically, only that it is slightly to the right of full on socialism. The fact that both Mousollini and Hitler were part of the Socialist party before creating their own "third way" parties should tip you off. The fact that the Nazi Party was the "National Socialist" party should as well. I think it was said best by Joseph Goebbels when he said "We are Socialists!"

    If you would like to respond, please do so here: http://www.onlinedebate.net/forums/s...Iberal+Fascism
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Great economic book written as a fictional story set in a future where the Soviet Union won. "Time Will Run Back." By Henry Hazlitt. It also has the great advantage of being basically free on a Kindle.

    http://www.amazon.com/Time-Will-Back.../dp/B000WU475C
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    The Book of Five Rings, by Musashi.

    He tends to ramble, and it's a bit disjointed. For all that, though, it seems pretty apparent that the guy knew his stuff and was doing about as well as a true master of an art can do when trying to distill the wisdom of a lifetime of practice and victory into a relatively short book.
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    I'm taking a history research course on the Americas. It's quite interesting how this particular course is different than most courses. Most history courses are linear, focus on events during that timeline, do not care to explore ideas, concepts, or events in a way that relate to others, and are typically within a very narrow window of time. This course on the other hand, takes into account not just the events as they unfold, but also the accounts of people who actually lived it (which are recorded from diaries, journals, ship manifests, legal documents, etc...) and the concept of Big History.

    There is no "textbook," which is what would be expected in a typical history course, but rather a variety of books and research materials. The idea of the course is to teach students how to think and research like a history investigator, understand that history as a science actually evolves, and the theories and ideas of events, places, and people, change over time.

    And because research is not reading a "book at a time, front to back" I don't have just 1 book I'm reading. For example, I just completed a project regarding the Iberian Conquest (Spain and Portugal) of the Americas. For this particular project, instead of reading a single book for the study, multiple sources (besides just the books of course) were used.

    The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures
    Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest
    Struggle and Survival in Colonial America
    The Jesuit Relations: Natives and Missionaries in Seventeenth-Century North America
    American Colonies: The Settling of North America

    My next project will include the above as well as:

    The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America
    Paul Revere's Ride
    Peoples and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present


    More on the idea of Big History and why it's so cool:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_History
    http://www.bighistoryproject.com/Home

    If nothing else, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4abDxi5s3g

    Also, a great site on research methods and preparing your findings: http://www.williamcronon.net/researc...ead_Critically
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    I'm reading the Qur'an currently. My fave book is probably George Orwell's novel of totalitarianism 1984 in which heretical thoughts or actions by members of The Party eventually result in their being vaporized, which is a euphemism for shot in the back of the head after receiving reparative therapy in the dreaded Room 101. The Qur'an is a similarly totalitarian tome, but the punishments are more colourful.

    Garments of fire will be tailored for those who disbelieve; scalding water will be poured over their heads, 20 melting their insides as well as their skins; 21 there will be iron crooks to restrain them; 22 whenever, in their anguish, they try to escape, they will be pushed back in and told, ‘Taste the suffering of the Fire.’

    ~ Qur'an 22:10

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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Trudging through Joseph A. Schumpeter's seminal The Theory of Economic Development

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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    Just completed Ken Follett's Whiteout.

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    "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth." - Ronald Reagan

 

 
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