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J. D. Aspinall

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Location: South West England

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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory a&hellip by Christopher Hitchens
82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Elizabeth Bennet, upon learning the true natures of Darcy and Wickham, muses: "one has got all the goodness, the other all the appearance of it." It is a moment of clarity. A moment when one of literature's more famous "bubble reputations" is burst asunder and the young miss Bennet sees the bounder Wickham for what he truly is. And if it is satisfying, in fiction, to have a bubble burst and the stench of true character to come wafting off the page, then when the book in question deals with a real person, it is even better than that.

When Diana Spencer was killed the media were so obsessed with her cult of personality (or, perhaps, just her cult if you want to look at it that way)… Read more
The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill t&hellip by Peter Hitchens
8 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The Abolition of Britain contains no lament for "the good old days", no "things aren't what they used to be" prose. Often someone saying those things will believe it, and often they will be right. Some things are not the way they used to be. This is a good thing and a bad thing, again, depending on what is being discussed. Mr Hitchens writes that Britain has been changed beyond recognition in the thirty years between the funerals of Winston Churchill and Diana Spencer. A man from 1937, he argues, would still recognise the society of 1967, but the man from 1967 would be aghast at the condition of the country thirty years later. Boring nostalgia this is not. He spends many words painting a… Read more
Living My Life (Penguin Classics) by Emma Goldman
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine..., 1 Dec 2009
Anarchism, Libertarian Communism - call it whatever you like - is the philosophy of living "without government"; of freedom from the state and religious hierarchies; of freedom from the absurd superstition of Patriotism which brainwashes otherwise intelligent humans, turning them into snarling, drooling mad-dogs, ready to maim and kill other humans for a flag; of freedom from the soft slavery that is a part of living for others; it is a gentle philosophy, Anarchism, and one most misunderstood.

John Lennon's most famous song, Imagine, is the anarchist anthem.

Goldman's account of her life in agitation for her ideal is interesting for the tales of intolerance and… Read more

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