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1984, by George Orwell: An Authoritarianism Book Club Review

This is not the first time that I’ve read 1984. But now, the world of Oceania, of purge and Newspeak and Airstrip One and betrayal and IngSoc, doesn’t seem all that far off. It is April 5, 2017, and the … Continue reading

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On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder: an Authoritarianism Book Club Review

Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny is a deceptively small book. You will be surprised to get it in your hand. But really, it doesn’t need to be all that much larger. It shouldn’t take most people more than an hour to … Continue reading

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Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited, by Aldous Huxley: A Review

Brave New World holds one of those distinctive places in literature, that of a book that people “know,” in some sense, even if they haven’t read it. Like its colleague in dystopian imaginings, 1984, Brave New World is a book … Continue reading

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It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis: A Review

I’ve struggled with writing a review after my second reading of It Can’t Happen Here. That’s not in any way due to the inherent difficulty of the material or concepts. It is due to the density of the novel’s writing, … Continue reading

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A Reading List, Modestly Proposed, for the Recognition of the New Not-Normal State of the World

In times of trouble, my first impulse is to look at things through the prism of literature and history. Many great minds have tackled the problems of authoritarianism before, in fiction and non-fiction. So in order to balance matters a … Continue reading

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What’s Going On? by Mark Steel: A Review

Sometimes, it’s the little things that are the most trying, those things which finally lead up to one calamitous, almighty explosion. Mark Steel, perhaps best known for his comedy lectures on BBC Radio 4, is one of those comics which … Continue reading

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