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On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder

Post-truth is pre-fascism (Timothy Snyder) Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty (Wendell Phillips) Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale and, in 2017, he published On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. The timing of the … Continue reading

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Extreme Ownership, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

I was attracted by the notion of extreme ownership because of the tendency of human beings, and me in particular, of blaming bad luck when things do not go our way. I have always been wary about these thoughts. Things … Continue reading

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The Four Horsemen

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 changed the world. There is little doubt about it. Apart from the two wars that followed, and the huge impact on security and international politics, it brought the attention of religious fundamentalism in the Western … Continue reading

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Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris

After reading The End of Faith and The Moral Landscape, and listening to many of his podcasts and debates, I anticipated that Sam Harris‘s Letter to a Christian Nation would not add much more to my atheist arguments. And I … Continue reading

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Why Orwel Matters, by Christopher Hitchens

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind (George Orwell in Politics and the English Language). And the more one is conscious of one’s political bias … Continue reading

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HATE, by Nadine Strossen

This one is long overdue—I finished it months ago. I bought this book, “Hate: Why we should resist it with free speech, not censorship”, by Nadine Strossen, to talk about free speech with some friends in a podcast. We never … Continue reading

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The missionary position, by Christopher Hitchens

I got Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens’ autobiography, a month ago. I was about to start, but then I realised that most of what I knew about Hitch is what I have seen of him on Youtube—any video starting with “Hitchens destroys” … Continue reading

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