Book for a Larger Audience?

After the book on post-guerrilla literature (which is 30% done), I’m thinking of writing something for a larger audience.

Most of you have already figured out my range of interests and know what I can talk about in an interesting way. Does anybody have any recommendations on what I should write about?

I promise it won’t be on COVID. COVID is going into the post-guerrilla literature book, and yes, it’s very much in its place there. I wrote 600 words today on how the president of El Salvador usurped the legislative power using COVID as a pretext. He declared that he can’t possibly fight COVID without abolishing the articles of the constitution that permit freedom of speech and guarantee privacy of correspondence. I kid you not.

In any case, if you are giving me the gift of your time every day, you probably enjoy how I write. What should my book for the larger audience be like?

The person who comes up with the winning suggestion gets a free signed copy.

17 thoughts on “Book for a Larger Audience?”

  1. Your insights regarding Ukraine and Russia have been eye opening and this is an area where I think you have serious domain expertise. I would say something in that area would make for a good read.

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    1. How about a book on creeping totalitarianism and big tech? That would have a large audience. A large part of that is covid of course.

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    2. We need critical thinkers. We need people who think outside the box, are not afraid to fight “convention”, do not conform, and prefer the path of most resistance because they are the pioneers. I consider you a critical thinker. It would be good to have a book outlining critically how we (the US and perhaps the world in some cases, ie COVID and reset) got here. From a historical perspective, lessons learned and applied, lessons forgotten that could have benefited us, signs from totalitarian systems we see, others we ignored along the way. If you inject some hypothetical platonic dialogues too would be phenomenal. Of course, you can make it less broad, focusing on certain societal sectors.

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  2. Your biggest strength is that you do not fit into the obvious left/right categories of American politics. This was true even before you learned to sympathize with Trump voters. Perhaps you should write a Tocqueville style analysis of American conservatism.

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    1. // Perhaps you should write a Tocqueville style analysis of American conservatism.

      A chapter in the book I offered could concentrate on American political scene and the shifts in the parties caused by new global realities.

      Or, one could do a chapter on American conservatism and another chapter on American liberalism, yet discuss them from a bird’s eye view (and thus, I believe, in a deeper fashion). After all, the global developments led to change in the political scene,the latter not a thing in itself.

      Of course, another chapter (or more) would talk about politics in FSU and EU (suppose your expertise isn’t in the Middle East, so you won’t write re my country 😦 ).

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  3. What I would love to read myself is the continuation of Bobbitt’s and Bauman’s analysis based on the latest world developments. A book delving deep into the connections between this stage of capitalism, the form of the state and social phenomena of which woke culture is just one example. A book focused on USA, yet at least mentioning EU, FSU and the Middle East, discussing where they stand now and what their challenges are, how the new tech developments affect them (and not merely how USA affects them).

    In Israel we have zero woke culture, yet the global developments surely influence us too.

    Personal revelation: after reading your blog, Rod’s blog and many other American blogs, the word ‘woke’ makes my eyes glaze with boredom. Yes, it’s important, but not in my country and, most significantly, I believe I’ve already read everything that can be said on woke culture… unless one goes for the larger picture which I offered you to do.

    When people concentrate on woke culture alone, as if it sprung out of nowhere, it reminds of this poem:

    I.

    IT was six men of Indostan
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the Elephant
    (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation
    Might satisfy his mind.

    II.

    The First approached the Elephant,
    And happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl:
    “God bless me!—but the Elephant
    Is very like a wall!”

    https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_poems_of_John_Godfrey_Saxe/The_Blind_Men_and_the_Elephant

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  4. Do you want this book to appeal only to US readers or worldwide?

    I started putting ideas on paper and decided to share. Of course, that’s not organized in the best fashion, but I tried to mention issues I would love to read about:

    THE BOOK

    “State and Society & State of Society
    On the brink of the new 21st century. ”

    Discussing issues such as:

    The former stage.
    The new capitalism – globalization accelerated by the rise of the tech.
    The new state: US, EU, FSU. What can a state do now? How does it affect the political culture? The new US conservatism & liberalism, Brexit and the fate of EU, the ‘lagging behind’ old/new states of the FSU, Israel.
    The new Big Brother vs powerless states? Which laws / ways of coping should we adopt?
    The new society: who are “we”? The old/new basis for cooperation: social cohesion, social coherence, multiculturalism.
    The rising ideologies of the religious (at least, in Israel and Middle East) and post-religious world. What is opium of the masses vs the real new way forward? What are the real effects of the ‘woke’ protests in US? How should we relate to the past ideologies of nationalism and socialism? Are they all discredited or may something be saved? Have they been based on something that is in the irreversible process of being lost entirely? How would a good, working new ideology look like?
    The new global challenges (global warming, nuclear weapons, global development) and wasted lives: immigration, ‘white trash’ and the ‘woke’.

    -The new Dystopias and Utopians: while we fantasize re Big tech Brother or global peace, what exactly is being created?

    What can be done?

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  5. “how the president of El Salvador usurped the legislative power using COVID as a pretext”

    How does it go together with the weakening of the nation states?

    You wondered whether protection against terrorism would be the next source of state legitimacy. Now one may see this new source as protection against a series of manufactured crisises that the state would promise to ‘protect’ us from whether the crisis is terrorism, covid or … something new.

    Or, should we look on a larger picture and see it as simply a sign of disintegration of the democratic system… coming immediately after capitalism stopped depending on working classes and released itself from the local ties to nation states ?

    One of the central and hardest questions I would love to read somebody tackling is the contradiction between Greta, humanism, human rights, democracy – the supposedly winning discourse of the day – and the disempowerment

    Another important issue is the question of US global supremacy (US, China, Russian propaganda). Will it remain a superpower?

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    1. Sorry, the last comment was sent by mistake too soon. Wanted to add:

      *”the contradiction between … the supposedly winning discourse of the day – and the disempowerment”

      Of the masses.* I cannot see how democracy or human rights can continue to exist if all the power becomes more concentrated than ever before.

      Also, you could mention the UBI as one of the ‘solutions’ and explain what its real consequences would have been.

      Personally, I do not see how becoming utterly dependent on handouts wouldn’t lead to destruction and even deaths of those people … even if they truly used their free time to read books, paint and volunteer rather than to overdose.

      UBI should be presented as one of the dangerous non answers to today’s problems.

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  6. You could do a lot of topics, but the book I would like to get from you is one about parent-child relationships. I think it’s a topic that stands at your ethical core, one that lends itself to an interesting reading list, and one that would do well both in and by a general audience.

    Only mark against it is that it’s not an unexplored area for you, so you won’t get that buzz.

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  7. I’d love to read a book of your personal transformation (yes, I love stories). I remember you’ve been more of a lefty when I was reading the blog many years ago. That could cover many of the topics of today’s politic, motherhood, being in academia, etc. I guess this would be sort of a memoir that would discuss and analyze all the driving forces for your personal growth.

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  8. Feminists looooove to do feminist media analysis where they analyze the was pop culture perpetuates sexism and gender stereotypes (or where they gush about how deeply feminist the latest Taylor Swift album is or whatever.) Some people (me) might say feminists do this way too much. As of late, anti-racists have really gotten in on the game too. Why not write a book analyzing how pop culture, mass media, etc. perpetuate liberal narratives and ideologies?

    I thought of this when I was reading an old Roger Ebert review of an old, bad movie (linked below; note that he slightly misremembers the plot of the original novel.) The original plot of The Scarlet Letter is ditched in favor of a message of sexual freedom and “love is love!” “The movie’s morality boils down to: Why should this sourpuss stand between these two nice young people?” I began thinking of how movies, TV, etc. have pummeled this message at us constantly for decades. A particularly egregious example is the movie Pleasantville, in which people who have conservative ideas about sex are portrayed as racists (yes, really.) And while liberal media analysis of pop culture has been done to death, what’s been written on this by conservatives? I don’t know.

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-scarlet-letter-1995

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