|Beautiful nature in our neighbourhood park is a nice respite from global turmoil.|
Summer is here - the season for relaxing and reading. This morning I was checking out a piece by William A. Cohn, professor of jurisprudence at New York University. In it he was explaining how the whole Brexit thing was just more obfuscation, of which there is plenty these days.
Contained within his writing were some suggestions for summer reading that I thought I would share.
Cohn wrote that "thankfully, starting tomorrow, we will have to hear less about the so-called debate on Brexit – a debate which has been marked by lies, omission, and fear-mongering."
Unfortunately that describes most of the crap emanating from governments, corporations, and their media enablers around the world these days, as they prepare us for the ultimate corporate take-over.
"New issues will capture the headlines, Cohn says, "and new false choices will be presented. Ignore them as best you can."
You can't ignore the fact that it is summer time, an opportunity to read and relax. I am not sure if these titles will provide a break from the turmoil, but they will improve our knowledge base, and therefore our ability to counter anti-freedom forces. In spite of their potential heaviness, I will be visiting the library to check some of these out... before they are banned by the corporatocracy.
The following are the books the good professor recommends for the beach this season:
"Bad Samaritans" by Ha-Joon Chang
"News: The Politics of Illusion" by Lance Bennet
"Absurdistan" by Gary Shteyngart
"Democracy Incorporated" by Sheldon Wolin
"Johnny Got His Gun" by Dalton Trumbo.
"Knowledge is potential power, to be acted upon, towards building new and better ways of organizing our world."
Read, rest, relax. And change the world at the same time.