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mjtwo
Why We're Polarized | Ezra Klein
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20-25 Aug 22 (audiobook)
An examination of the increasingly polarised state of US politics. Klein had some interesting ideas as to how this had arisen, some of which probably also apply to Australian politics. Not so sure about his solutions.
I did find his narration difficult at times - very fast and not a lot of consonants!

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Floresj
Why We're Polarized | Ezra Klein
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Using data, historical trends, current events and past situations, Klein proposes various reasons as to why the US is polarized. I found it to be really interesting, readable and adjusted my thinking about political parties, media, and solutions. Great book and well written!

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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Panpan

Unpopular opinion: disappointing collection of essays.
While I found some bits and pieces interesting, when it comes to making his points, his argumentation was superficial and weak. On some subjects, on the press for example, I found his writing naive, very much ignoring hard talks. He probably wanted to write an uplifting collection of essays, essays easy to understand, but in this case it's at the cost of intellectual honesty...

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suffisaunce
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Dated (pre-9/11) read on the problems of the post-Cold War phase. Some prescient given current events, some ... well, not especially prescient, but Kaplan's writing is usually deep and interesting enough.

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Maria514626
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This was just plain bonkers. Scary, fascinating, unnerving, enraging.

The refrain: Huh? That‘s bonkers. No one believes that, do they? Say again? Oh man, we‘re in for it.

This book will help you understand more about a movement that makes no sense.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enlightening isn‘t the right word. Bizarre. Preposterous. Horrifying. Rothschild details the inception, progression, and eventual silence of the group whose propaganda fueled the Jan 6th attack. These Trump extremists believed and pushed so much bullshit, it‘s truly incredible. I‘ll never understand how conspiracy theorists navigate their daily lives. It must be exhausting residing in that headspace.

Prairiegirl_reading It must be exhausting! 💯💯💯 all of that anger, hatred, fear. I would imagine there is never a moment of peace. 4mo
britt_brooke @Prairiegirl_reading Exactly! I‘m worn out just thinking about it. 4mo
Lauram I worked with someone who was photographed in the Capitol building on January 6th. She lost her job and her professional license for an ethics violation. I could only tell others that asked that she was really good at her job, that I cared about her, and hoped she was ok. (edited) 4mo
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Lauram I just don‘t understand how she could live with so much hate. 4mo
britt_brooke @Lauram OMG, that‘s wild! I‘ll never understand what provokes people to go to these extremes. It‘s sad. 4mo
Cinfhen Excellent review 4mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! ☺️ 4mo
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britt_brooke
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Just introverting, enjoying a High Noon, and learning about the delusional folks of QAnon. It‘s the perfect wind down after a hot, soccer-filled weekend.

#cheers #booksandbooze

Maria514626 @britt_brooke Oh. This looks good. Well not “good.” Have you read Strongmen? Holy moly. Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Putin, Trump. Traits they have in common. Their reigns. Etc. Fascinating. Horrifying. (edited) 5mo
britt_brooke @Maria514626 😂 I know exactly what you mean. I haven‘t read that one, so thank you for the rec! Will definitely stack it. 5mo
Megabooks This was a good book 👍🏻 5mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks It‘s bonkers, but really well done! 5mo
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TheNeverendingTBR
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Everyone should read this. The authors set out an honest and enlightening appraisal of the whole pandemic debacle. They have shown how “experts” have inculcated fear and enabled the breakdown of society to bolster their own reputations with little or no expertise to support their allegations.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4716755735?book_show_action=false&from_rev... ↩️ full review.

wanderinglynn I have not read the book. And so based on the synopsis when says this was a lockdown “the first time in history”, I have to question that. Social distancing and closing businesses, schools, churches, etc. were actions taken during the Spanish Flu in 1918. And during other pandemics throughout history isolation/quarantine has been the norm. Do the authors discuss & compare previous pandemics to covid? 5mo
TheNeverendingTBR @wanderinglynn Of course they do. 5mo
TheNeverendingTBR @wanderinglynn What we went through the past two years is completely different though. 5mo
TheNeverendingTBR @wanderinglynn It's been almost like Covid-1984 5mo
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Sophronisba
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Not creepy at all: “Putin declared a holiday to give couples time off to make babies, & on one Valentine‘s Day he urged couples to do their patriotic duty and procreate.“ Similarly, an official “said her dream was that Russian women be required to marry & have a child by age twenty while they are healthy & fertile. Because Russia‘s minorities often do this by tradition, she was clearly speaking about increasing the ethnic Russian population.“

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