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post #61 of 73
For those citing Brave New World and especially 1984, curious if you've read Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale?
post #62 of 73
This is a tough one.

Spiritually- Eckhart Tolle- The Power of Now

I spent many, many years asking questions about existence- via philosophy, quasi religion, and New Age Philosophy- which drove me further and further away from caring what the answers were. This books pretty much ended my search. Not sure it would do that for everyone, but I read it at the right time in my life and it made sense where others did not.

Business- The Adrian Slywotsky books (mostly the same).

What is a business if its profit model is not defined?

Self Help- Alan Carrs Easy Way to Stop Smoking
Actually made me dispise my need for cigarettes and quit smoking for good. Thats right a simple (and kind of poorly written) book did that- I cant believe it either.

There are so many others that I could mention, but these are top of my tired mind at 8pm on a Friday night.
post #63 of 73

Raising an old thread... but it's always relevant. "Alleen Op De Wereld" (Alone In The World) by Hector Malot. About an orphan boy practically raised by an old travelling musician, and the amazing adventures he went through. At 400 pages, it was a BIG book for an 8 yr old; which, I guess, is why it influenced me lol

Edited by gideon228 - 11/10/13 at 5:30am
post #64 of 73
Not to seem pretentious but One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn. A short, maybe 150 page, novel about one day in the life of a prisoner in a gulag. My mother recommended it to me when I was in high school and it might be the greatest novel of the 20th century. If you are ever hot in the summer, read this book and you will be freezing by the end.
post #65 of 73
Robert M Pirsig - "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
post #66 of 73

OMG. Like, I just recently gave that to my dad for his birthday... synchronicity much??

post #67 of 73
Originally Posted by gideon228 View Post

OMG. Like, I just recently gave that to my dad for his birthday... synchronicity much??
...I couldn't convince my dad to read it... frown.gif
post #68 of 73

The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and

Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution

in the Name of Justice ...[2008]




The Tyranny of Good Intentions is replete with examples of how government treads on freedom through ill-willed prosecution and faceless bureaucracy.

The book's overpowering sense of disaffection sometimes leads to alarmist prose: "We the People have vanished. Our place has been taken by wise men and anointed elites."

The authors are swift to suggest that America, barring "an intellectual rebirth," may yet go the way of "German Nazis and Soviet communists."


Yet The Tyranny of Good Intentions is nothing if not well intended; it is full of passion and always on the attack, whether the writers are taking on racial quotas, wetland regulations, or any number of policies they find objectionable.

In a jacket blurb, libertarian icon Milton Friedman calls it "a devastating indictment of our current system of justice."

Roberts and Stratton, although right-leaning in many of their political sympathies, will probably find plenty of fans on ACLU-left--and anybody who cringes at the thought of unbridled state power.

If the road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions, consider this book an atlas. --John J. Miller

5.0 out of 5 stars Government an Obstacle to Freedom, Not a SourceOctober 17, 2001
Excerpts from a book review by Nikos A. Leverenz in The Independent Review (Fall 2001)

The Tyranny of Good Intentions should make those who participate in our political and legal systems uncomfortable, if not self-loathing.

Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M Stratton's principal argument is that what passes for "law" in the current civil climate is far removed from the "long struggle to establish the people's sovereignity" that dates back to pre-Norman England. Simply put, the law has been transformed from a shield that protects the people from the encroachments of government power into a sword that enables the government to lord over people.

Those who are weary of the ongoing government assault on Microsoft and the tobacco industry or of the continued evisceration of civil liberties under the tutelary banner of the drug war should immediately recognize this transformation.

The Tyranny of Good Intentions highlights two broad areas in which the content and enforcement of the law now serve as a sword against what is loosely termed "the Rights of Englishmen": namely, "prohibitions against crimes without intent, retroactive law, and self-incrimination."

First, the authors consider how government prosecutors, manifesting a win-at-all-costs mentality, sacrifice the quest for truth in order to advance their careers. Second, the adbication of legislative power to administrative agencies has eroded the Anglo-Saxon legal maxim "a delegated power cannot itself be delegated."

Those who are actively engaged in policymaking and law enforcement would do well to read The Tyranny of Good Intentions, even if it gives them only momentary pause in their assorted "public interest" crusades to leave hoof prints on the people's constitutional liberties.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this and weep for what has been lost. August 7, 2000
A fascinating analysis of the origins of the police state arising out of America's bureaucracy. As the authors present it, the Constitution has become an relic for the history books.
Ordinary people are routinely crushed by viciousness on the part of US Government employees who act with a sense of mission, and without a sense of proportion. This is not a first person account, but a well researched journalistic attempt to tie together disturbing trends that most people see as isolated events.
As one who has experienced a Mad Dog Prosecutor (and written a first-person account of it), I can state that this book is far from exaggerated in its description of the abuse of ordinary and honest people by our government.
The constitutional protections we were taught all about in school have become a fiction.

Edited by Hi-Finthen - 11/11/13 at 7:21pm
post #69 of 73
The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I think this was the first time I had read the famous line: "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?"

I built a career, in large part, based on that line. Showing people that were smarter than I am that what they had said could NOT be the answer, was, in fact, the answer. wink.gif
post #70 of 73

Canaima from Romulo Gallegos


An insight of man's pursue of happiness and an elegant way of argument in favor of education. It shows a world of contrasts where the environment shapes the identity of a man and discuses where or not he was able to take choices or was destined to end up where he did. Truly amazing literature from a Nobel nominee and ex-president of Venezuela. He was a teacher and a researcher of uneducated rural communities. For his ideas he was thrown in a coup and exiled.






If any of you reads it, I would love to discuss it with you.

post #71 of 73
Originally Posted by nfusion770 View Post

-Eckhart Tolle- The Power of Now


This is the book that came to mind when reading the topic title. To me, awesome stuff.

post #72 of 73


Originally Posted by nfusion770 View Post

-Eckhart Tolle- The Power of Now



Originally Posted by moriez View Post


This is the book that came to mind when reading the topic title. To me, awesome stuff.




Now awareness is a precious spiritual experience ! Seems to me all the great masters are saying this same thing as the goal ! 

post #73 of 73

Giroux, Henry A.

Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism



  Henry Giroux offers his most passionate defense yet of democracy and civic values in his new book.

This volume is a must-read in dark times like these. Giroux has for decades been an outstanding tribune for democracy, an advocate for civic values and for questioning the unequal status quo. In this new book, he takes up more vigorously than ever the threats to the public sphere from reactionary forces gaining momentum. For Giroux, these threats to humane democracy fit the ‘zombie aesthetic’ now pervading television, film, and popular culture.

Politics has become a monstrous caricature of public deliberation with wild propositions and charges spreading fear and division. Giroux explores the hostile forces sucking the blood out of our constitutional rights as well as the vitality out of ordinary families. We have become a society of monopolized wealth and distributed poverty, a culture of endless war, legalized torture, detention without trial, bursting prisons, and schools that turn our bright children into data.

These intolerable conditions require the outrage and insight Giroux offers in his new book. He has written a volume inviting us to democratic action and civic restoration before these dark times grow even darker.» (Ira Shor, Professor, City University of New York)



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