No one, no matter your political affiliation, can deny we are living in a divisive time for American politics. There is not much we seem to agree on, and the fighting seems to never end. This would seem to be the worst time for this book to come out, but I would argue there is no greater time to advocate for the end of the electoral college. Jesse Wegman lays out a very succinct argument for ending this misunderstood process while providing well-researched historical context for this archaic and anti-democratic system. Every American citizen should read this book.Continue reading “Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College”
Fair warning: I feel like I should get this out of the way right off the bat: I really can’t stand Libertarianism as a concept or ideology nor can I put up with Libertarians in general so I fully admit that I was hoping for some schadenfreude while reading this book. While my beliefs about libertarianism didn’t change, this book was nothing like I thought it would be and I found myself moved by several of the townspeople’s stories and left with a feeling of sadness about the world that I didn’t expect. The story told in this book is also humorous, irreverent, and timely in a way that I don’t think Hongoltz-Hetling could have imagined when he began to write it. I would recommend this book for both political and non-political book fans.Continue reading “A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear”
I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book. It has been on my radar since it was released and I had heard good things but it took being quarantined for me to read a book about my profession (maybe this is a sign that I’m missing work.) While marketed as a true crime book, this is also a love letter to libraries and the librarians that dedicate their lives to ensuring these institutions stay vital parts of the community they serve. I would recommend this for anyone who has ever wondered what librarians do all day.