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Perspectives:  Plutocracy, Oligarchy, Demagoguery: America Abandons its Democracy–Lewis Lapham and Noam Chomsky on our Present Horrors

Perspectives: Plutocracy, Oligarchy, Demagoguery: America Abandons its Democracy–Lewis Lapham and Noam Chomsky on our Present Horrors

Perspectives: Plutocracy, Oligarchy, Demagoguery: America Abandons its Democracy Books: Age of Folly: America Abandons its Democracy by Lewis H. Lapham, Verso, London/New York, 2016 ($29.95)  What Kind of Creatures are We? by Noam Chomsky, Columbia University Press, New York, 2016 (Chapter 3: What is the…

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Am I Alone Here? by Peter Orner

Am I Alone Here? by Peter Orner

Am I Alone Here? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner (Catapault, New York, 2016, $16.95) Peter Orner is the author of two novels, two story collections, and a number of articles and essays in important journals and newspapers. He…

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Sorrows of the Digital World:  The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World by Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen

Sorrows of the Digital World: The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World by Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen

The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a Technological World by Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen, MIT Press, Cambridge/London, 2016. “And the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character and will. No one…

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The Book Bum:  Don’t Think of an Elephant! : Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff

The Book Bum: Don’t Think of an Elephant! : Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff

Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction,Vermont., 2014 (pb.). George Lakoff is a widely respected neuroscientist and political analyst whose books like “Moral Politics” and “Whose Freedoms?” have recently begun to…

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Resist:  How to Articulate the Progressive Agenda with George Lakoff’s “Don’t Think of an Elephant!”

Resist: How to Articulate the Progressive Agenda with George Lakoff’s “Don’t Think of an Elephant!”

Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction,VT., 2014 (pb.). George Lakoff is a widely respected neuroscientist and political analyst whose books like “Moral Politics” and “Whose Freedoms?” have recently begun to…

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A Field Guide to Lies:  Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin, Dutton Penguin Random House, New York, 2016 ($28) Daniel Levitin is dean of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco and is also on the faculty at…

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The Liar in Chief:  An Update and a Book on the Resistance

The Liar in Chief: An Update and a Book on the Resistance

  Donald Trump and his minions and lackeys on the alt-right have had a busy week inventing stuff that serves their interests in provoking fear, reactionary xenophobia and racism. “Crime is out of control,” a common theme for Trump is a total fabrication. Crime is…

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The Liar in Chief:  Daniel Levitin’s New  “A Field Guide to Lies” Might Help

The Liar in Chief: Daniel Levitin’s New “A Field Guide to Lies” Might Help

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin, Dutton Penguin Random House, New York, 2016 ($28)  Daniel Levitin is dean of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco and is also on the faculty at…

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The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2016. $28.95) At a recent small college basketball game I was in the stands with perhaps twenty or thirty other fans, most, unlike me, parents of…

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Sorrows of the Digital World and “The Attention Merchants” by Tim Wu (or, The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads!)

Sorrows of the Digital World and “The Attention Merchants” by Tim Wu (or, The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads!)

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2016. $28.95 At a recent small college basketball game I was in the stands with perhaps twenty or thirty other fans, most, unlike me, parents of…

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