Category Archives: China

Peterson, Jordan: “12 Rules For Life. An Antidote To Chaos”.

The hype surrounding Jordan Peterson is nauseating: it’s depressing that people can’t be even remotely objective about a thinker on a different side of the political divide to themselves. Peterson writes with a conversational tone here and tries to impart … Continue reading

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Lichtheim, George: “A Brief History Of Socialism”.

George Lichtheim details the history of the word “socialism”, from its 1827 appearance in Robert Owen’s Co-operative Magazine through to its far broader use in the 1970s. Like so many political words and concepts, the term has been rendered somewhat … Continue reading

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Frankopan, Peter: “The Silk Roads: A New History Of The World”

The first half of Peter Frankopan’s book is a triumph which presents the Eastern history of the world in a clear manner. “It is easy to mould the past into a shape that we find convenient and accessible. But the … Continue reading

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Kafka, Franz: “The Trial”.

It remains mystifying that Kafka was not writing about a totalitarian society when he penned “The Trial”. He did not have the benefit, like Orwell, of observing the Soviet Union. Yet, so perspicacious was Kafka that he imagined almost entirely … Continue reading

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Hongci, Xu: “No Wall Too High: One Man’s Extraordinary Escape From Mao’s Infamous Labour Camps”.

Xu Hongci met Chairman Mao in June of 1953 when he happily celebrated the presence of his great leader. By the time Mao had passed away in 1976, with the blood of millions of people on his hands, Hongci was exiled … Continue reading

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Power, Samantha: “A Problem From Hell: America And The Age Of Genocide”.

There is a chapter missing from the beginning of Power’s “A Problem From Hell: America And The Age of Genocide”. Namely, the colonial settler’s deliberate elimination of eighty to ninety percent of the indigenous population in North America. Granted, this book discussed … Continue reading

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Orwell, George: “Animal Farm”

Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is still relevant. Living in a free and democratic country makes it all too facile to ignore the fact that millions of people and vast parts of our planet continue to be ruled with tyranny and repression. Contemplate the … Continue reading

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