Orwell Reads the Finale of 1984

Bouncing around YouTube on a Friday night:

What Books Changed Your Mind in 2006?

I chronicled my favorite business-y books of 2006 on my business-y blog. Here’s the political books: Whose Freedom?: The Battle for America’s Most Important Idea by George Lakoff. Lakoff is a Berkeley linguist best known for introducing the concept of ‘framing’ into political discussion. You also know it as ‘marketing’. His most accessible book is […]

American Theocracy: Preface and Part III, Chapter 8

I’m celebrating Easter and the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ by reading the Kevin Phillips’ new book American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed MOney in the 21st Century. Phillips posits that the Republican party has been hijacked by oil interests, radical religion and the ‘borrower-industrial complex’. Preface 3 […]

Book Meme

1. How many books do you own? Probably in the 200 range right now. I purged many college texts a year ago. I don’t trust people that don’t own books. 2. Last book read? Chain of Command by Sy Hersh and  Hegemony or Survival by Chomsky. Light summer reading. 3. Last book purchased? Hmmm… I […]

Problem From Hell, A: Chapter 5

Notes from Chapter 1-3, 4. Lemkin needs the 20 UN members that voted for the genocide ban in the general assembly to now take that legislation home and ratify it domestically. Many assumed the U.S. would be among the first to ratify (we were among the first to sign the pact). U.S. grievances to law: […]

Problem From Hell, A: Chapter 4

Notes for chapters 1, 2, 3. Chapter 4 Scholars urge that sacrosanct sovereignty does not include slaughter. Hans Frank: (former German minister of justice) Law is that which is useful and necessary for the German nation. The shiny new United Nations would decide if genocide would go in the same container as piracy, forgery, sex […]

Problem From Hell, A: Chapters 1 – 3

I re-started reading A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide today. Samantha Power takes us through the major genocidal events of the last century and the American reaction (or lack of). I’m gonna blog my notes: Chapter 1 1915 persecution of Armenian population in Turkey (Wikipedia Entry) Pasha Talaat: (Turkish Interior Minister) […]