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Within the next day or two I

Within the next day or two I will be starting a book called Cultivating the Masses: Modern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914-1939

The Book Description:

Book Description
Release date: November 1, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0801446295 | ISBN-13: 978-0801446290 | Edition: 1

Under Stalin's leadership, the Soviet government carried out a massive number of deportations, incarcerations, and executions. Paradoxically, at the very moment that Soviet authorities were killing thousands of individuals, they were also engaged in an enormous pronatalist campaign to boost the population. Even as the number of repressions grew exponentially, Communist Party leaders enacted sweeping social welfare and public health measures to safeguard people's well-being. Extensive state surveillance of the population went hand in hand with literacy campaigns, political education, and efforts to instill in people an appreciation of high culture.

In Cultivating the Masses, David L. Hoffmann examines the Party leadership's pursuit of these seemingly contradictory policies in order to grasp fully the character of the Stalinist regime, a regime intent on transforming the socioeconomic order and the very nature of its citizens. To analyze Soviet social policies, Hoffmann places them in an international comparative context. He explains Soviet technologies of social intervention as one particular constellation of modern state practices. These practices developed in conjunction with the ambitions of nineteenth-century European reformers to refashion society, and they subsequently prompted welfare programs, public health initiatives, and reproductive regulations in countries around the world.

The mobilizational demands of World War I impelled political leaders to expand even further their efforts at population management, via economic controls, surveillance, propaganda, and state violence. Born at this moment of total war, the Soviet system institutionalized these wartime methods as permanent features of governance. Party leaders, whose dictatorship included no checks on state power, in turn attached interventionist practices to their ideological goal of building socialism.

It certainly sounds like what we are experiencing now.

That's an amazing book list. Many which I'd like to read.

I swear the smartest people in the world reside here on the Daily Paul.

We really have somethng special here.

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Romance novels are romantic

My First Cavity Search by David Blanchard

Michael I think someone is going to try to find a more bizarre title than the first one on the list - the challenge is finding one that starts with a number...

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

The subtitle should be changed to

"And why your parents have failed you and allowed you to be sexually molested by an under educated and over achieving deviant".

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

Now I'm reading...

"The Circle" by Dave's getting pretty interesting. It's about a girl who goes to work for a big Facebook/google type company, and how they're all into collectivism and data/surveillance essentially.

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There was an excerpt of The Circle

in the NY Times Magazine a while back:

I thought it was great, though I haven't read the whole book.


I remember my brother showed me that article so I ordered the book. :)

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Great Topic

I'm always looking for new reads, the book I'm reading this month is called "The Radicalism of the American Revolution" by Gordon S. Wood. Wood is not libertarian, and the book is not libertarian, but it offers valuable insight into our founding as a nation, and cleverly shows how the revolution should be thought of as a revolution of ideas that eventually toppled the hierarchy of the established society, rather than just an assemblage of battles. It was thought-provoking for sure.

Also a good book written by a non-Libertarian that I might recommend is called "Freedom Next Time" by John Pilger. Pilger is a frequent critic of U.S. intervention and is one of the world's greatest investigative journalists. The book discusses five different groups around the world still struggling for the freedom that was promised to them by the West and the U.S. His chapter on Afghanistan and Palestine were especially eye-opening.

Other good reads: The Law by Fredric Bastiat, Liberty Defined by Ron Paul, and Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.

Red Print

Red Print

I'm reading everything I can about

The Human Connectome Project.

Were learning some pretty amazing things about the human brain right now. They will certainly attempt to use this knowledge as a tyranny against the minds of men. So I want to know what they know. Obama is pouring money with the western world into the BRAIN Initiative.

"Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito."

Vitamins for breakfast

For those who still have some grains in their diet, i recently discovered amazon sells Product 19 cereal, and for some reason i can't find it anymore in any grocery outlet around home.

time is wasted in minutes not hours

I'm reading

"Back to Blood" by Tom Wolfe. A novel based in Miami, it's not a "libertarian" novel but it's really good writing and insightful about the racial and political diversity of Miami.

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The System of Liberty

Please by this history book from Cambridge Press. Its seriously good stuff.

Yes, please BUY this wonderful libertarian BOOK! We all must know the History of Freedom! Buy it today!

"The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism" author George Smith --
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Book of the Month: War Is a Racket - Jesse Ventura Off The Grid

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There is no duration defined in the Oath

Here Is My List Of Essential Books

1. No One Has To Die

2. Eat No Evil

3. The Adam & Eve SINdrome

4. The Secret of Life & Death

5. The Hypnotic States Of America

6. Understanding Sexuality

7. How To Survive Your Parents

8. How Your Mind Will Make You Well

9. Gravity Driven Universe

10. The Essene Gospel of Peace

11. How to Conquer Suffering Without Doctors

12. Meaning and Happiness

13. Khaboris Manuscript

14. Secrets of a Parallel Universe

15. Surviving The Comfort Zone