Category Archives: Politics

No One Left But All Of Us by Stacey Roberts

No One Left But All Of UsNo One Left But All Of Us by Stacey Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a review copy of this from BookSirens, and it was published a little more than a month ago in December 2019. It’s a simple book, seemingly aimed at early high school. Even then, in a world where Congress is told that foreign policy would be announced on the Twit-ter, and millions applaud, that may be too high of a bar. So…simple. Simple, and short. But Mr. Roberts packs a lot into this short book. He outlines the problems and he provides solutions. Now, some of his solutions are near impossible (Constitutional amendments on term limits, changing House terms to four years, eliminating all campaign contributions except the individual one), but some are not. Continue reading

The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America by Jim Acosta

The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in AmericaThe Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America by Jim Acosta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book could be titled American Horror Story, subtitled with an update to the 2004 Daily Mirror headline: How Can 62,984,828 People Be So Dumb? But Mr. Acosta calls it like the journalist he is: the hate-filled, physically threatening, dangerous to the remaining shreds of a faux democracy spew from the mind-boggling swamp we have descended into since that amended headline. From the ichor of the campaign trail and the surreal hate mongering rallies to the peat bog of covering the White House and having to deal with the ilk of Spicer and Sanders, and the childish tantrums of their boss, enduring public attacks and death threats, Acosta has seen much, reported on much, seen such blatant lies, called out such blatant lies, and been the target of petulance unheard of from an office that has changed the face of public interaction forever…and in case my description leaves any ambiguity, not in a good way. Acosta’s detractors and enemies will cry much fault here, and he does lapse his professionalism a bit – admitting so when he does – because the high road is so far out of the intellectual range of the wrong wingers as to be invisible and silent, so he descends closer to their level to throw a few punches back at the mindless bullies.

Okay. That’ll draw some comments. Continue reading

Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor

Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's GoneDemocracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an Advance Reader’s Edition of this in January for review from the publisher, though it was published in January, 2019 (systems being systems, my approved request was in November but it didn’t arrive until the end of January.) My copy had numerous editorial errors of missing words and similar, and the Notes section was incomplete, but I hope the former were corrected in the final copy and I expect the latter completed. Right from the start in her Introduction, Ms. Taylor hits her main thesis that the meaning of democracy “taken as self-evident, is rarely given much serious consideration. Though the headlines tell us democracy is in ‘crisis’, we don’t have a clear conception of what it is that is at risk.” She thinks “perfect democracy” may not exist and may never will (my take is that in a super-populated world, it can’t) but it may still be worth working toward. She nails part of the problem of defining democracy as it is “something people rarely encounter in their everyday lives…” Hello light bulb moment. Sometimes things intuitively obvious need saying out loud, or written out loud. Continue reading

The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

The Retreat of Western LiberalismThe Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pay no attention to the one and two star reviews…those are from rightwing trolls that probably didn’t actually read the book, or if they did, Luce’s text sailed way over their heads. Lucidly assembled, well-researched, well-composed, Luce writes as the journalist he is, though at times percolates a little too academic. Published in 2017, Luce while doing well to capture the contemporary conditions and lay out his thesis, unfortunately used a great many at-the-time current names that he could have no way of knowing just one year later have already been dismissed, fired, or left of their own accord from the debacle that the 2016 US elections results created.

Luce divides his book into four parts that he calls
– Fusion … about the integration of the global economy and the impact to Western economies
– Reaction … about the degeneration of Western politics
– Fallout … about the decline of US, and Western leadership/dominance
– Half Life … about what can be done Continue reading