The Coddling of the American Mind

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt take an unapologetic and critical view at what they term the three great “untruths” which activists seem to be pushing on the younger generations in the western world: “What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker,” “always trust your feelings,” and “life is a battle between good people and evil people.” Lukianoff and Haidt make a well reasoned and convincing argument that much of the societal progress of the twentieth century is in the process of being undone by these pernicious ideas. Ideas that  seem firmly entrenched in the prevailing social discourse of today and throughout the past decade. Continue reading “The Coddling of the American Mind”

Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead? The Munk Debates

I’ve greatly enjoyed these short quick written accounts of the excellent Munk Debates series that has taken place for the past decade or so here in Canada. Each “booklet” containing a written transcript of the debate also includes pre-debate interviews with each of the speakers, and some analysis by experts in the area of the debate’s subject matter. Continue reading “Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead? The Munk Debates”

Gorbachev: On My Country and the World

I came across this book amidst my own growing curiosity about the circumstances, history, and impact of the existence of the Soviet Union in the 20th century. I expected an accounting of sorts from the last leader of the USSR, not only of his time in office but of the revolution, the genocidal outcomes of Stalinism, and of the world that was left in its wake. Continue reading “Gorbachev: On My Country and the World”