Autobiographies and Biographies

At a very young age, I remember my father telling me about books and genres he loved to read. He has a strong affinity for ancient history and archeology, the bible (old testament), and how it relates to the history of the Jewish people. He is also a doctor, and when he’d want to learn about a disease, he’d go read the contemporary writings of physicians and others at the time that disease was discovered. After all, what better way is there to learn to diagnose someone than by understanding what symptoms tipped physicians off way back when?

Basically, my dad likes going back in time and getting to the source of any account. As for history, his favorite way to learn it – whether historical events or the history of thoughts and ideas – was to read autobiographies and biographies. I couldn’t agree more. Continue reading “Autobiographies and Biographies”

Popular Culture

Politics is downstream from culture, as Andrew Breitbart used to say. Think what you want of the outfit that now bears his name, which has morphed greatly from what he had left behind before his death, but Andrew Breitbart was very astute in understanding that if you change the cultural narrative you can alter the political landscape as a consequence.

This phrase confirms another sentiment expressed by many libertarians over the years regarding the nature of a democratic government: politicians need to get re-elected. They will tend not to act upon something that is unpopular or if it is not accepted within their culture. Therefore an ideology must have already achieved critical mass in the hearts of the people before legislation can be passed to set it in stone. Continue reading “Popular Culture”