Eight Ways to Run The Country (Mitchell)

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    Mitchell, Brian P. 2007. Eight Ways To Run the Country: A New And Revealing Look At Left And Right. Connecticut: Praeger Publishers.

    Everyone interested in politics and political debate - especially in the US context should read this book.

    It might not be perfect, but it explains the American political landscape better than anything I've ever read before. What's always driven me mad was the idiotic and systematic separation of issues and people into 'liberal(s) vs. conservative(s)'. It has never made sense to me and seemed more harmful than anything else - especially to debate and problem-solving.

    This books helps you understand that people are not simply either liberals or conservatives - that there are many more outlooks out there - many more shades of gray - among general population as well as our politicians.

    The book also gives you and insight into where you yourself stand on the vast political spectrum - you might find some surprising truths about yourself as well as your favorite/most despised politicians.

    It is more than a worthy read and it would benefit every single person on this board.

    PS: I read this book for my senior seminar.
     
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    Here's the table of contents to capture your interest and catch your eye...

    Chapter 1. Schizocracy in America
    Chapter 2. Beyond Left and Right
    Chapter 3. For Common Things: The Communitarian
    Chapter 4. Change Is Good: The Progressive
    Chapter 5. Question Authority: The Radical
    Chapter 6. Framework for Utopia: The Individualist
    Chapter 7. Breaking the Clock: The Paleolibertarian
    Chapter 8. For the Permanent Things: The Paleoconservative
    Chapter 9. God and Country: The Theoconservative
    Chapter 10. Mugged by Reality: The Neoconservative
    Chapter 11. Post-Modern Populism
     
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    So...

    Do I have to wait for the movie?

    Are you going to tell us if the patient lives or dies?

    You should know by now that Americans don't read anything that doesn't support our preconceived notion of the political persuasion of the writer, as announced by our favorite talk show host when said writer plugs his book on their show.

    (And even then, we usually wait for the Cliff Notes)

    -Joe
     
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    The simplistic notion that the USA is divided into liberal v conservatives, while it appeals to the not so bright posters in places like this, isn't borne out when one starts talking to most people.

    Most of us understand that the conservatives make good points and so do the liberals.

    Most of us also understand that no party really represents us anymore, too.

    The American people are not as stupid as coming to places like this would indicate.

    Praise Allah for that, eh?
     
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    Unfortunately, every time I see the thread title, I read it as "8 Ways To Ruin the Country". :eusa_whistle:
     
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    8 ways to run the country has 11 chapters. Well alrighty then.
     
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    What do you think about the book?
     
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    So, you've read the book and/or discussed it already?
     
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    I'm sure there are some summaries on the interwebz... However... the book really isn't long at all, utilizes simple language, and is interesting enough - I went through it in about a week while taking notes.
     
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    I haven't read it, but I will, after I finish the one I'm reading now, and the one I've got in the queue.

    My next book is a brief respite from modern poli-sci called:

    Justinian's Flea
    The first Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire

    Reading about empires long past isn't quite so depressing as reading about our empire falling, which is what most of the books I read about our times seem to be telling me.​

    The tragedies of history are a LOT more interesting when it's not future history that my son is going to have to live through to be honest.​
     

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