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This Section contains books that I, The Platypus, have read and that relate in some way to liberty, or tyranny most often. Some of them are fiction and some non-fiction. To be honest the fiction books are of the most value and generally the most highly recommended. Some are old standbys like Atlas Shrugged but others you might not have heard of before. They don’t all agree with the thinking of liberty minded people but when they don’t they serve to open the mind to what socialists and communists are thinking, plotting, and hoping to do to you. New books will be added as I read them.

Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky

Rules for Radicals
Many of you have already heard of it. If you haven't here it is. This is a book that contains information that I consider to be evil. I say that because it has been put to evil use. Still, that being said, I recommend to all of you that you read it at once! When you read the summary of this book you get, "First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young...
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Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology by Ayn Rand

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This book is a bit different from the others I put in the library to share with you in that I DO NOT recommend you read this book. That's not because I object to the contents but rather because I believe it is poorly written and does not adequately convey its meaning to the reader. Ayn Rand was a very good author that told good stories but I think she was a lousy philosopher. The book is de...
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Farnham’s Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein

Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
This book touches on topics of racism, government, slavery and more. In true Heinlein fashion it pushes the boundaries of comfortable discourse. What would you do if you found yourself and a few family members alive after a nuclear war? What kind of organization would you come up with to govern the survivors? What would you do if your own son decided to question your authority? Would you kill him?...
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The Dinosaur Heresies by Robert T. Bakker Ph.D.

The Dinosaur Heresies by Robert T. Bakker Ph.D.
Having studied dinosaurs since I was a child there were things about what I was taught that didn't seem to really work for me. The idea of them as cold-blooded for example. When I ran across this book by Robert Bakker it was a revelation to me and caused me to see these animals in a whole new way. More and more these views, once (as the title suggests) considered heretical are now the prevailin...
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How Do You Kill 11 Million People? by Andy Andrews

How Do You Kill 11 Million People? by Andy Andrews
How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think by Andy Andrews is an essay that will take you about 25 minutes or less to read. It attempts to address the question of the title which should be one we all wonder about. How, exactly, were the Nazis able to kill so many non-combatants? Not only Jews, but Gypsies, gays, and other targeted groups were slaughtered. Why did...
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Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano
I've spoken with the author of this book and find his take on mass shootings quite compelling. Though I don't advocate for the government banning of violent games and movies I do think that there is a strong argument, from the perspective of a psychologist, against exposing youth to them. That's for parents to decide of course. Evidence shows that the adult brain can better handle such media but t...
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iGen By Jean M. Twenge

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of U
You've heard of Generation X, Y, and Millennials, now there's iGen, or perhaps generation I would be more in keeping with the naming trend, but the I is the same as in "iPod". It represents the connectivity of that generation, through the Internet, to each other and the world at large. This book explores what really is the first ever generation to spend their entire lives connected in a way no ...
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Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault By Stephen R. C. Hicks

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault By Stephen R. C. Hicks
Postmodernism is something I think everyone already knows about but perhaps they don't know that is what they are seeing. Everyone seems to know that the meaning of words is changing, that reality is being bent, that once respected institutions are being called wrong and evil and oppressive. People see this going on. There's a reason and a name behind the driving philosophy of these changes, it's ...
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Foundation & Robot Series by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov
Most people have heard of I,Robot either the movie or the book. The movie isn't bad but the book covers more ground, of course. It is philosophical in nature. I, Robot When it comes to the Robot apocalypse Asimov invented the rules. Literally, the rules of robotics. The book then goes through various ways that robots can break those laws while technically keeping them. Foundation Series An...
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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

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During WWII Adolf Hitler had the treasures of the earth scooped up to become the property of his glorious Reichstag. Someone had to save the history, the paintings, the sculpture, the work of the masters. It was decided that a special unit would be created. We know them now as the Monuments men. "The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comp...
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Dangerous By Milo Yiannopoulos

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Milo Yiannopoulos is a perfect example of how people of disparate backgrounds and temperaments can come together over a common cause. I don't remember the exact moment I first heard of him. I just remember that what caught my attention was the fact that he labeled himself a "Dangerous Faggot". That alone was enough to give him at least a moment's listen. As he spoke it was clear to me that he real...
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The Possessed by Fydor Dostoevsky

The Possessed by Fydor Dostoevsky
"...you cannot imagine what wrath and sadness overcome your whole soul when a great idea, which you have long cherished as holy, is caught up by the ignorant and dragged forth before fools like themselves into the street..." This book is long, difficult, and prophetic. The characters are taken from real people who lived and whom Dostoevsky distilled their attributes and beliefs into his nov...
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A Paradoxical Alliance by Jack Buckby and Matt Palumbo

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Normally my book recommendations are short and sweet with just enough explanation of the book to get you going. This post differs from those in that it not only is a recommendation but is a commentary partly on the book itself and partly on the subject the book covers. I apologize to the authors of the book in advance for a review that is not entirely focused on their book. However, since I feel t...
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Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

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Satire seldom works. People try it all the time and almost always fail. Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" is always touted as one of the great existentialist satires of our time. Personally, I think he fails at it too. The book is considered a modern literary masterpiece. I didn't find it satisfying to read. Then why recommend it? It tells a compelling story of PTSD and war. It's a book th...
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The Forgotten Planet by Murray Leinster

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This is a great little read. I love science fiction and this is a fine example of it. It is a great exploration of what it means to be human, the importance of our intellect. leadership, ego, and it even touches some one capitalism too. All in the confines of a tale on another planet. The plot comes from combining three short stories into one. "The Mad Planet" and "The Red Dust" which are from ...
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