I’ve been tagged by Dave at Though Cowards Flinch in a ‘meme’ whose requirement is that I tell you all what I’m reading this summer.
Currently I’m reading something called ‘Conservatism’ by Ted Honderich. Weighty political thought? Actually, light recreation. Reading the book is the literary equivalenty of watching a collection of people you dislike be repeatedly slapped. It poses as a standard ‘let’s try to understand this thing by carefully analysing it’ – like Socrates did with ‘justice’ or ‘courage’, Honderich will do with ‘conservatism’. Then it explains, step by painstaking step, that most of what conservatives say is deliberately mystifying humbug, that what’s left over is rarely consistent, and that what is consistent is unified not by any theoretical rationale but by naked self-interest. As you can imagine, I found this conclusion shocking.
Other reading has included brief extracts from work by Joseph Spritzler and Gabriel Kolko on the 2nd World War, which did a lot to stimulate my posts on the subject. t
The meme must go on. I tag DBZ at A Division by Zer0, Lindsay at Autist’s Corner, the apostate at The Apostate, Awais at A Myth in Creation, Chris at Stumbling and Mumbling, Penny at Penny Red, S.P.Greenlaw at himself, and Arthur at Once Upon a Time…