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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Post-election reading list?

The first four were already on the list before the election, but now take on greater urgency. Also the first and sixth (T. Frank and Chideya) are currently offered as "Better Together" package on Amazon, as are the 7th and 8th (the two Chalmers Johnson books).

The fifth, The Federalist Papers, I added after reading this Andrew Sullivan post:

"A MANDATE FOR CULTURE WAR: That's Bill Bennett's conclusion. He won't be the only one. What we're seeing, I think, is a huge fundamentalist Christian revival in this country, a religious movement that is now explicitly political as well. It is unsurprising, of course, given the uncertainty of today's world, the devastating attacks on our country, and the emergence of so many more liberal cultures in urban America. And it is completely legitimate in this country for such views to be represented in public policy, however much I disagree with them. But the intensity of the passion, and the inherently totalist nature of religiously motivated politics means deep social conflict if we are not careful. Our safety valve must be federalism. We have to live and let live. As blue states become more secular, and red states become less so, the only alternative to a national religious war is to allow different states to pursue different options. That goes for things like decriminalization of marijuana, abortion rights, stem cell research and marriage rights. Forcing California and Mississippi into one model is a recipe for disaster. Federalism is now more important than ever. I just hope that Republican federalists understand this. I fear they don't."

Hadn't been reading Sullivan, even though he's one of the most prominent bloggers out there. I'll be dropping in there regularly from now on. He's even got a book club--that how Why Orwell Matters got added to my list.

The book club idea is something that occurred to me yesterday--to host a reading of Toqueville on here.

More suggestions for the reading list?

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