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The Worthy House

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Reality-focused writings, often on history, politics, and human flourishing in the post-liberal future.

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Reality-focused writings, often on history, politics, and human flourishing in the post-liberal future.

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The Worthy House

Latest release on Nov 16, 2020

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Reality-focused writings, often on history, politics, and human flourishing in the post-liberal future.

Rank #1: Bronze Age Mindset (Bronze Age Pervert)

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Thoughts on “Bronze Age Mindset” by the pseudonymous Bronze Age Pervert. Clever and subversive; more than meets the eye.  (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Sep 23 2019

35mins

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Rank #2: On Francisco Franco

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Francisco Franco's body may have been exhumed by his enemies today, but they cannot destroy his example, of a successful defense against, and total defeat of, the Left. That example deserves to be better known, for it will doubtless prove useful soon (which is why the Left is desperate to suppress the truth about Franco). (The written version of this review was first published April 16, 2019. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #3: Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World (Laura Spinney)

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A year ago, I offered thoughts on the next pandemic, in particular its possible effects on society and the reaction of the government. This review seems timely now. (The written version of this review was first published November 15, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Feb 01 2020

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Rank #4: Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power (Meghan O’Sullivan)

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Thoughts from 2018 on energy, a topic in turmoil in the past few weeks—along with analysis of the risible Paris Accords, yet another stupid attempt to hoodwink Americans. (The written version of this review was first published February 27, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

May 01 2020

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Rank #5: The Collapse of Complex Societies (Joseph A. Tainter)

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A book with some interesting points, but extremely narrow and deliberately self-blinkered. (The written version of this review was first published January 24, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Mar 01 2020

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Rank #6: The Judiciary’s Class War (Glenn Harlan Reynolds)

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Of the Front-Row Kids and the Back-Row Kids, specifically as represented among our ultimate masters, the federal judiciary. (The written version of this review was first published February 24, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Apr 26 2020

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Rank #7: The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time (Karl Polanyi)

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I thought this book was be good; I was wrong. Free market fundamentalism is bad, to be sure, but what Karl Polanyi offers isn't better, and his analysis is dated. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Dec 26 2019

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Rank #8: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari)

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Today we review, and as always comment on matters related to, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.  For web and PDF versions, go here.

May 27 2019

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Rank #9: Theory of the Partisan: Intermediate Commentary on the Concept of the Political (Carl Schmitt)

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A throwback today, that is not really a throwback.  Thoughts from, and thoughts about, Carl Schmitt, reality-based master of the philosophy of enmity, in his book Theory of the Partisan.  (The written version of this review can be found here.)

Jun 21 2019

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Rank #10: Christ the Conqueror of Hell: The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective (Hilarion Alfeyev)

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Stepping away from the hurly-burly of current events, today we talk about a core, yet obscure, Christian doctrine.  (The written version of this review can be found here.)

Jun 28 2019

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Rank #11: After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (Alasdair MacIntyre)

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Thoughts on a dense classic. (The written version of this review was first published February 23, 2019. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Sep 13 2019

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Rank #12: The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics (Michael Malice)

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Discussion of an anarchist's view of a section of the fringe Right—not the fringe worth talking about, unfortunately.  (The written version of this review can be found here.)

Jul 27 2019

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Rank #13: The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam (G. W. Bowersock)

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Thoughts about obscure conflicts from fourteen hundred years ago, and what they tell us of today. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Mar 09 2020

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Rank #14: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Lawrence Wright)

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In which I spend little time on Scientology, and a lot of time on the religious principles of a well-run state and society. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

May 04 2020

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Rank #15: The Power of the Powerless (Václav Havel)

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Václav Havel's famous essay, born of a specific time and place, resonates decades later in our own proto-totalitarian society. What should be done? Havel tells us. (The written version of this review was first published May 18, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Jan 03 2020

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Rank #16: The Captive Mind (Czeslaw Milosz)

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Yet another classic work that is, unfortunately, just as relevant today. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Dec 05 2019

24mins

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Rank #17: Craeft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts (Alexander Langlands)

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Today we review, and as always comment on matters related to, Craeft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts, by Alexander Langlands.  (The written version of this review can be found here.)

May 26 2019

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Rank #18: Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World (Graham Allison)

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An exploration of the supposed Grand Master's mostly banal thoughts. Also of multiculturalism, wine aunts, and our own future. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Feb 09 2020

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Rank #19: Why Liberalism Failed (Patrick J. Deneen)

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Thoughts, from two years ago now, on Patrick Deneen's seminal work, the first major work of post-liberalism in the modern era. (The written version of this review was first published December 19, 2017. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Jan 21 2020

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Rank #20: Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror (Victor Sebestyen)

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The life of Lenin offers valuable lessons and advice for the Right today. (The written version of this review was first published February 24, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Apr 16 2020

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The Fiery Angel: Art, Culture, Sex, Politics, and the Struggle for the Soul of the West (Michael Walsh)

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A winding, but excellent, discussion of the importance of art in fighting against the Left, along with my own thoughts on Space as a crucial element of Western cultural rebirth. (The written version of this review was first published June 29, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Nov 16 2020

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Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (Michael Shellenberger)

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A comprehensive, if not exciting, dismantling of the anti-human ideology of environmental extremists. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Nov 12 2020

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The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It (Angelo M. Codevilla)

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From 2018, but even more applicable today, what can be done in the short term about the corruption wrought by our ruling class. (The written version of this review was first published June 19, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Nov 09 2020

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Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It (Richard V. Reeves)

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A somewhat confused exploration of how the upper-middle class accrues benefits to itself, which I use to explore more important topics, such as America's aristocracy, and how it should be changed. (The written version of this review was first published June 14, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Oct 30 2020

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The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss (David Bentley Hart)

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A turn away from the politics of today, toward eternal things, in thoughts on an outstanding work by David Bentley Hart. (The written version of this review was first published June 13, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Oct 26 2020

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The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Brad S. Gregory)

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An outstanding analysis of how we got to the undesirable Now, which also contains a great deal of wisdom on how we can achieve a desirable post-liberal society. (The written version of this review was first published June 8, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Oct 23 2020

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Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents (Rod Dreher)

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In which I discuss the good parts, and the inadequate parts, of Rod Dreher's latest—with a particular focus on not being a Beautiful Loser. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Oct 19 2020

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Long Shot: The Inside Story of the Kurdish Snipers Who Broke ISIS (Azad Cudi)

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An exploration of a ghostwritten work of Communist propaganda designed to swing American support to one side in the Syrian wars. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Oct 12 2020

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Neuromancer (William Gibson)

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What a forty-year-old science fiction classic says about our present, and our future. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Oct 09 2020

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A Concise History of Finland (David Kirby)

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The fascinating history of a small land with a long history, in preparation for a later piece on the 1918 Finnish Civil War. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Oct 01 2020

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The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics (Salena Zito and Brad Todd)

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Just in time for the 2020 elections, thoughts from two years ago about what drove the 2016 elections. (The written version of this review was first published May 24, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Sep 29 2020

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Long Range Shooting Handbook: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Precision Rifle Shooting (Ryan M. Cleckner)

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A discussion about the wars to come. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Sep 25 2020

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The Soul of an Entrepreneur: Work and Life Beyond the Startup Myth (David Sax)

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Today we talk about the "why" of entrepreneurship, which for me has always been money.  And why pretending to teach entrepreneurship is stupid. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Sep 22 2020

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The Outlaws (Ernst von Salomon)

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A memoir of political action and violence in 1920s Germany with, as always, lessons for today—most importantly, that it is a myth that the young are Left, and that rapid change is in the nature of unstable, discredited regimes. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Sep 17 2020

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Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road (Matthew B. Crawford)

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Matthew B. Crawford is back, with thoughts on automation, embodied cognition, and safetyism. They are very good thoughts. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Sep 14 2020

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Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond (William Dalrymple and Anita Anand)

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A book not really about the diamond, but about the superiority of Western culture. (The written version of this review was first published May 19, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Sep 10 2020

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The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return (Michael Anton)

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On the most important book of the year, Michael Anton’s The Stakes, which you should read, right now, to prepare for the immediate future. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Sep 08 2020

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All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery (Henry Mayer)

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Of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, a man who challenged the interests of the powerful, and why his successors today are hampered in ways he was not, such that more direct methods are necessary. (The written version of this review was first published April 21, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Sep 04 2020

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Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All (Deirdre Nansen McCloskey)

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Not just a review of this book, by choice extremist Deirdre McCloskey, but also an explanation of why I will no longer read or review any modern book by the Left merely in order to disprove it.  (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)

Sep 01 2020

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Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy (Dani Rodrik)

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Dani Rodrik's book disappoints, since he is unable to escape the old and tired neoliberal frame, and doesn't even try very hard. (The written version of this review was first published April 21, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF formats, are available here.)

Aug 19 2020

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