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All over it. Bits from this past week worth reading…

…or subscribing to. The Knife has been a particularly great resource for me; quality news discernment sans bias. It was founded in 2014, but seems to really be growing now that we are in this mess of much and conflicting ideologies.

The Cultural Remedy for Main Street, How to build a free and virtuous society I really enjoyed this short excerpt out of the new book Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It by David L. Bahnsen

The need of the hour is to empower a renewed sense of responsibility, including facing the consequences of our actions. Our crisis of responsibility cannot be overcome if we are insulated by a perpetual safety net from the consequences of our actions.

I see the cultural inability to take responsibility as being rooted in identity politics. If we can categorize ourselves, then we can more easily blame others for our problems. This link is an excerpt of a chat with the very popular psychologist Steven Pinker. Identity Politics is an Enemy of Reason and Enlightenment Values Pinker has a new book out as well, which is getting rave reviews. Enlightenment Now. The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress

Karl Ove Knausgaard is one of my favorite writers. He is simple and profound simultaneously. There is never any pretension, yet he still gracefully pushes readers to stretch the thinking muscles. He recently went on a Literary Road Trip Through the Heart of Russia and it seemed absolutely fitting to read now, especially as we’re all torn up and spitting out over Russian interference in the election, their attacks on us in Syria, plus plus plus all the other angst we can throw at Putin. But Russia covers an expansive amount of land and 11 time zones, so obviously there is considerably more variance of people and place and lifestyles being lived. It’s always good to garner some perspective. The Trump and Putin cohesion is certainly not the center of the universe, despite American news media.

Lastly, if you are a fan of the business guru, connection-marketing genius Seth Godin, he now finally has a podcast too! I haven’t delved yet, but seeing as though I’ve spoken of him numerous times over, some of my readers would like to know. Akimbo

A pre-Sunday post, so you have more weekend time to peruse these links, hopefully 🙂

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