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Trying to find a better way to track books I want to read than a random spreadsheet. I had used which was provided by my local public library until they shut down the program. Luckily, I regularly backed it up via their CSV export. I've used Library Thing for years, but adding books for "To Read" really screwed up a lot of the other features of the website, like recommendations, etc. I really love Free Software & the Fediverse particularly. My primary social media account is on Friendica for now everything I post here is automatically "re-tooted" there.

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Blood Republic (Paperback, 2016, Primal Light Press) 4 stars

Blood Republic is a political thriller for an anti-political time. Corrupt politicians, crazed generals, DMT, …

Wow! What a political Thriller should be

4 stars

I was incredibly surprised how great this was from an author and a publisher I never heard of. It is as if Duncan predicted Jan 6th four years before it actually happened. Though his story goes one step further than 1/6/21 and actually may result in an all on civil war from a "tied" election. I hope the 2024 election turns out better than his 2016, but I wouldn't put it past my fellow Americans.

From beginning to end Duncan keeps you guessing. I kept wondering "is this guy a conservative or a liberal, a Republican or a Democrat" there are times both groups are shown as saintly or as complete devils. Clearly, he's not a third-party guy as there was 0 mention of any other candidates causing the downfall of America. From the main character who has been fighting for social democracy since childhood, to her born-again conservative green …

The Ethics of Liberty (Hardcover, 1983, Humanities Press) 2 stars

In recent years, libertarian impulses have increasingly influenced national and economic debates, from welfare reform …

It appears liberty is free of ethics.

2 stars

If this had been the only book on libertarianism I had ever read, I would probably have become an authoritarian. I'm aware that academics often use words differently than us normies do, but the idea that there is a school of "ethics" that includes allowing one's own baby to starve to death is unfathomable.

Clearly by the 1980s Rothbard was already well on his journey right-ward from the leftist activists had the pleasure of working with in the 1960s Peace & Liberty Party and the author of radical works like "Man economy & State." He spends the whole book looking at his basis for an economic and "legal" system in a libertarian society and expanding upon those for various parts of life and society. However, he just accepts his own basis as fact and doesn't even seem to attempt to argue why that should be a basis of any thought, …

The Ethics of Liberty (Hardcover, 1983, Humanities Press) 2 stars

In recent years, libertarian impulses have increasingly influenced national and economic debates, from welfare reform …

Applying our theory to parents and children, this means that a parent does not have the right to aggress against his children, "but also" that the parent should not have a "legal obligation" to feed, clothe or educate his children, since such obligations would entail positive acts of coerced upon the parent and depriving the parent of his rights.

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And all of a sudden I was glad that Rothbard never had kids.

Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge (Paperback, 1992, Bantam) 4 stars

London, 1927. Since losing his beloved in the Amazon a year ago, Indiana Jones has …

good, though not as good as Dance of the Giants

4 stars

We join our hero a year after our last adventure where his memory was altered and his wife had passed. Indy is looking for something to get out of teaching Celtic Archeology & the dean is looking to rid the university of him.

His trip to his al ma matter in the University of Chicago doesn't quite go as planned, it seems his juvenille hijinks from the first book in the series are still haunting him. He's able to hook up with his old college roommate, Jack Shannon, who's Jazz club is off-the-charts these days, but Al Capone is not down with dat.

The book felt like MacGregor had recently been born-again during his authoring of the series. While biblical adjacent stories are not new to the franchise, look at "Raiders of the Lost Arc", this has a lot of very baby Christian references far beyond the academic fiction of …