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Dr. Howard

Peacock
Gold Member
Critical Race Theory, an introduction.

After seeing quotes from this book online I thought to myself...is this actually real? I've got to read it. It is.

This book should be retitled, Racist Communist Intersectionality.

The book is about how capitalism is wrong, and white people are bad racists and the solution is to dismantle the entire country and reallocate rights, property and justice....on the basis of your skin color, with white people getting the least, black people the most and the other colors fighting for middle placement. Apparently being gay is also a race too.

The book does not rely on fact, but 'story narratives' to prove the legal opinions of the law professors writing it. They argue that the law should allow more story narratives and less racist facts. They always lead with "imagine that...." when they present stories about racists whites being mean to blacks etc. However, the mexican author and his white or jewish co author wife are also insanely racist. They use the most brutal sterotypes about black people in their 'imagine' case studies.

They also can't decide what is a race or a nationality.

Its a very easy read, it follows in line with exactly what you see leftists going on about. Its essentially a bizarro Mein Kampf, instead of blaming Jews for everything wrong in the world, its whites that are the root of all evil.

We saw how Mein Kampf ended up for the Jews in Europe, will the same happen for whites in america?
 

Dr. Howard

Peacock
Gold Member
Critical Race Theory, an introduction.

After seeing quotes from this book online I thought to myself...is this actually real? I've got to read it. It is.

This book should be retitled, Racist Communist Intersectionality.

The book is about how capitalism is wrong, and white people are bad racists and the solution is to dismantle the entire country and reallocate rights, property and justice....on the basis of your skin color, with white people getting the least, black people the most and the other colors fighting for middle placement. Apparently being gay is also a race too.

The book does not rely on fact, but 'story narratives' to prove the legal opinions of the law professors writing it. They argue that the law should allow more story narratives and less racist facts. They always lead with "imagine that...." when they present stories about racists whites being mean to blacks etc. However, the mexican author and his white or jewish co author wife are also insanely racist. They use the most brutal sterotypes about black people in their 'imagine' case studies.

They also can't decide what is a race or a nationality.

Its a very easy read, it follows in line with exactly what you see leftists going on about. Its essentially a bizarro Mein Kampf, instead of blaming Jews for everything wrong in the world, its whites that are the root of all evil.

We saw how Mein Kampf ended up for the Jews in Europe, will the same happen for whites in america?
I forgot to add in my original post, that the authors mention how this book is used in all kinds of law schools now, and even in some high school classes in Arizona. Like evolution, they present Critical Race THEORY as fact.
 
I forgot to add in my original post, that the authors mention how this book is used in all kinds of law schools now, and even in some high school classes in Arizona. Like evolution, they present Critical Race THEORY as fact.
I've been reading a book about the vicious, clever and blood-soaked rise of the Communist Party/Bolsheviks in Russia, and I am beginning to feel similarities with America. We have a long way to go, but I hope we can stop this slippery slope, due to our way of life, history and constitutional safeguards.
 

tsp216

Newbie
Libido Dominandi by E. Michael Jones.
Deceptively dense for a 600-page book. Jones goes through the development of sexual liberation and the use of sex as a form of control from Weishaupt's appropriation of sacramental confession into an Illuminist technique to the Lewinsky and Bill Clinton case that shows how the US has almost completely capitulated to sexual reforms and abandoned the moral order pertaining to sex. He also draws a lineage between Weishaupt to Freud to Reich to Kinsey to the sexual revolution of the 60s to the breaking of the Obscenity Code to dissemination of pornography on the internet.
 

Hypno

Crow
The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.

I heard about this book on a few podcasts. I had high expectations for it, but was a little disappointed.

The book details 5 laws of success identified by a network scientist. I don't quibble with these laws. For the most part, they are well supported. Also, they are explained in a very accessible way through anecdotes. The book reads like a Malcolm Gladwell book.

I'm disappointed with the book because while I don't quibble with the laws, (with the exceptin of the 5th law) its very difficult to adjust your approach to life to achieve more success.

Anyway, here is the Cliff's notes version:
1A. Performance drives success.
1B. When performance can't be measured, networks drive success
2. Performance is bounded, but success is unbounded
3. Success is the product of fitness times previous success
4. A single individual will receive credit for a group's achievements
5. With persistence, success can come at any time.

There is a discussion of some interesting research about how popularity influences success. An example is priming the pump with a tip jar. But its hard to manipulate this effect.

The last law says you have an equal chance of success with every try, so even if you are older it doesn't limit your chance of success. Success for older people is less common because they have either already accomplished it or have given up trying. But controlling for these factors, success is equally likely.
 

NickK

Sparrow
I finished this long ago but I think it's brilliant:

Victor David Hanson's "The Other Greeks: The famiy farm and the agrarian roots of western civilization".
 

Jay

Pigeon
When Breath Becomes Air - by Paul Kalanithi.

Perfectly explains what motivates Bill Gates to play the 'Godly' role that he is playing today.
 

Hypno

Crow
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.

I don't recommend this book, but Gladwell is popular so I thought I would save you all the time.

This is a typical Gladwell book. Its easy to read, uses lots of anecdotes to make his points, and surveys recent research on a social science topic. In that sense, its as well done as any of his books.

But it has two problems. First, the science he surveys is just not that helpfu. He discusses why strangers often misunderstand each other. He distills the science to something called a tendency to default to truth. In other words, humans, in order to have society, default to assuming that each other is telling the truth. There are two interesting examples here.

First, you can get away with lies, especially big lies for a long time. Even if people suspect you are lying, the default to truth is so hard wired that there needs to be big critical mass to overcome this. The Penn State sodomy scandal is an example here. Madofff Ponzi schme is another. The second aspect of this is that to overcome it, you basically need to be hyper-untrusting. The guy who brought down Madoff was Harvey Markopolis, who was a guy who worked in his family's restaurante from the time he was a kid and saw his family continually ripped off by employees and customers. He grew up to be a hyper-untrusting person.

In terms of explaining the misunderstanding, he says its all about being mistyped. Madoff was a sociapath so didn't have tells that would allow people to detect that he was a fraud. The flip side of the coin, someone telling the truth but who is not believed, would be someone like Amanda Knox who did not act like most people act when her roommate was brutally killed. Thats fine from a scientific point to explain those results, but as a reader of this book its not something you can really implement in your life.

Finally, the second problem is the book is infested with his liberal bias. In discussing the Gerry Sandusky rapes, he spends pages and pages documenting reasons why people should have doubted his accusers. Then, in another chapter, he discusses two men who were found guilty of rapes of adult women who did not once tell them "no" or "stop". He castigates the men, and even the fraternity system in general, but does not place one iota of responsibility on the women in these situtations for some modicum of communication. Lastly, he discusses the story of a clinically depressed black woman who went postal after a routine traffic stop who then killed herself 3 days later. While the traffic stop was overzealous, is really a stretch to blame the police for this woman's suicide and to completely excuse her outsize reaction.

Liberal bias has always existed in the media, but these lefties really feel that they don't need to hide it anymore.
 
This is a typical Gladwell book.
Yeah there is practically a boilerplate unfortunately copied by hundreds of authors.

  1. You may think x but y is really true!
  2. You think y because your ancestors had to run away from saber toothed tigers (side note, they didn't chase their prey like that and most stone age cultures know the stupidest thing you can do is run away from a predator) .
  3. You see we're just paleo brains that evolved into this meat suit.
  4. But Y is really true.
  5. Something about Rosa Parks and the defining moment of history.
  6. So remember to defy (traditional) conventions and think outside the box, except when it's racist.
 

Davidovich

Sparrow
Gold Member
Humans and Extraterrestrials by Gary Opit

Lucidly thought out and clearly written perspective on the future of the planet, human and non-human as well. Fascinating.. Mr. Opit is an Australian Naturalist. This includes a rare explanation of the unusual attitude of Aboriginal people to nature. Available for free download as PDF.
 

louisjxn

Pigeon
The Wonder of the World by Roy Varghese. I bought this about ten years ago but for some reason never read it. It's not really a religious book, but it looks at how science points to evidence for the existence of God. Great read!

 
For the Life of the World by Fr. Alexander Schmann - a short book on how Christians are supposed to interact with the world, in a culture that tries to cast Christianity aside as a private religious belief.

The Price of Exit by Tom Marshall - an autobiographical account of helo pilots in the Vietnam war. It took balls to fly what's basically an unwieldly, slow-moving anvil through enemy fire with nowhere to hide, and a huge portion of the pilots and crew died. A sobering but captivating book.
 

Yootoo

Newbie
Ok i have read some books.

Lets start with the best.
An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith by Sn, John of Damascus
Really great summary of lots of theological points short explanations with to much fuss, you still need some understading of theological terms tho, its not the most beginner friendly book, but its too hard.

Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino
Great short story collection about Marcovaldo a worker in an Italian city, its funny at times and dream like at others, Marcovaldo is trying his best for his family but almost nothing goes his way.
If you have not read Calvino i recommend you try some of his more famous works who are allot more unreal like, invisible citys, he has a really distinct style and you can easily be facilitated with his books.

The magic mountain by Tomas Man
Man that is a slow book, and its full on esoteric at that, Tomas Man even rerecords you read it 2 times ones as you know knowing the second as you know its and esoteric initiation. Honestly it was too much for me. It has its moments and interesting characters but its not an easy read.

The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World
Im not sure its the best darpa book but it an semi official history, so no real conspiracy stuff in there but all officially acknowledged stuff are presumably in. I lead allot about darpa and what it is, its not the best read it repeat itself quit often, eh its ok.

1-5 Malazan books by Erikson
Its one of the fist fantasy series i read, just because a friend of mine was talking to me how fantasy is the best.
Its fantasy and it gets worse as it goes, but the world and magic are interesting, its great prtyal of what a completely pantheistic world would look like god consonantly bickering and fighting for power, humans and things trying to become gods, no clear good and evil, just some semblance of some power that balances thing.
 
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