16th May – Leicester City won the FA Cup

To a lot of people the subject line might not mean too much. Football fans though will know what I’m referring to. Leicester City have been around since 1883. The FA Cup has been running, with a break for WWII, since 1872. On 15th May, 2021 Leicester City won the FA Cup for the firstContinue reading “16th May – Leicester City won the FA Cup”

7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World

The first book of Slavoj Zizek’s I’ve read and it won’t be the last. This is a very thought-provoking, funny, and accurate book, recommended for all and don’t be put off by the headline that this man is the most dangerous philosopher in the west. An example of what Zizek writes:In the last couple ofContinue reading “7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World”

2nd May – The Covid-19 Catastrophe by Richard Horton

This is a brilliant book and it’s enlightening to read the truth about recent events free from the bias of the right-wing media, right-wing politicians, and the conspiracy theorists. The author is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, which has published much of the research describing the human impact of Covid-19. The author looks at the actionsContinue reading “2nd May – The Covid-19 Catastrophe by Richard Horton”

1st May – Conspiracy Theories

This fascinating book written in plain English by a philosopher at the University of Warwick states that conspiracy theories need to be understood first and foremost in political terms and that the intellectual character of conspiracy theorists is a side issue. Ethical considerations are important too. This book is about the politics of conspiracy theoriesContinue reading “1st May – Conspiracy Theories”

30th April – 21st Century Socialism

In this book, Jeremy Gilbert argues that socialism must overcome its industrial origins and give priority to an environmental agenda and that it’s time to empower workers, citizens, and communities to run their world their way. This book proposes that a twenty-first-century socialism is the only reasonable solution to the crises of today from climateContinue reading “30th April – 21st Century Socialism”

27th April – An Officer and a Spy

I’d heard of the Dreyfus Affair, but I’d never realised what a miscarriage of justice this was. After completing this book, I realised two things: how far the authorities can go in order to cover up their mistakes and how much difference one person can make when they can be bothered to pursue what theyContinue reading “27th April – An Officer and a Spy”

16th April – Finntopia

Finland was until very recently poor and had been historically a country of extreme poverty for centuries. It is quite remarkable to see what a people and their politicians have achieved by caring for each other and being clever. Finland ranks at or near the top in air quality, education, happiness, honest government, opportunities forContinue reading “16th April – Finntopia”

9th April – On Truth and Untruth

This book contains a small sample of Nietzsche’s published and unpublished writing on the nature and value of truth. The editor has tried to include what struck him as the most memorable and important pronouncements on truth, untruth, and truthfulness. The texts are in chronological order to provide an insight into how Nietzsche’s views becameContinue reading “9th April – On Truth and Untruth”

5th April – The English Rebel

The English Rebel by David Horspool is a glorious book to read through for high-level information about the various plots, revolts, and rebellions that have taken place in England since 1066. The English appear to have never been entirely happy with their king and have frequently decided to try and do something about it, withContinue reading “5th April – The English Rebel”

31st March – Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information

Hermeneutics is the theory of interpretation. It is the theory that everything is a matter of interpretation. Including this definition presumably, which is one of the reasons I found this book infuriating, because if this definition is true then how are we supposed to know what to do and think? What is a fact? HowContinue reading “31st March – Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information”