Category Archives: Books

Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold’s Ghost. A Story Of Greed, Terror And Heroism In Colonial Africa.

Europeans first advanced into Africa when shipping became a realistic mode of transport in the fourteenth century. The Portuguese sailed down to the Kongo (it was spelt with a K at that time) to find Africans who were willing to … Continue reading

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Shavit, Ari: “The Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel”

“Zionism embodies conflict,” writes Shavit and the sentiment is typical of how he thinks about Israel. His great-grandfather, Herbert Bentwich, moved to the land that was to become the state of Israel in 1897 during the first wave of Zionism … Continue reading

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Nagle, Angela: “Kill All Normies. Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right.”

Irish writer Nagle, after publishing some interesting articles, raises further interesting questions here. Given how Christian morality, dominant for two millennia, has largely evaporated in the West, it was understandable that multiple new forms of ethics would plug the gap. … Continue reading

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Siedentrop, Larry. Inventing The Individual: “The Origins Of Western Liberalism”.

Siedentrop weighs in on the familiar history of how the individual became paramount in Western society. He considers the knowledge of this history vital “because we are in danger of taking this primacy of the individual as something “obvious” or … Continue reading

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Singer, Peter: “Animal Liberation”

What made me transition to not eating meat, some years ago, was when I really thought about whether or not it could it be condoned. At the back of my mind for some time was the obvious truth that there … Continue reading

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Graham, Benjamin: “The Intelligent Investor”.

I read the classic 1949 edition of this book, which legendary investor Warren Buffett cites as his primary influence. It is an excellent text and one that breaks down the art of investing in a simple and revealing way. Graham … Continue reading

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Hitchens, Peter: “The Abolition Of Liberty”

During a recent exchange with a good friend, I criticised Sam Harris for the logic that he employed to form his position on the longstanding conflict in Israel. You can read my thoughts on that here: https://orbitalmick.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sam-harriss-inexplicable-defence-of-israel/ As we conversed … Continue reading

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