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Fantasy Round 53: A Meditation on Theme

2017/03/26 Leave a comment

I’ve been playing the video game The Witness recently, and I’m only categorizing it as fantasy because I don’t really know where else to put it.

It’s an atmospheric puzzle game with plenty of soothing music.  It doesn’t really have any plot or characters — just an island that you can explore at your leisure.

For those of you looking for a distraction from reality with food for thought but no need for fast reflexes or shooting monsters, this is a great game to try.

This is pretty much what the game looks like — lots of things on a pretty little island.

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This Is Real: The Dictator’s Handbook

2017/03/12 Leave a comment

The Dictator’s Handbook was a frightening and fascinating read.  I came across it from a YouTube video that nicely summarizes many of its premises and consequences.

Appropriately, the book comes with the subtitle: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics.

It’s a highly plausible analysis of political and other power structures, and what leads them to be more democratic — or more oppressive.  It also discusses why it’s difficult to have a dictator who is both benevolent and effective.  It’s written by a pair of political science professors, and filled with historical examples.

It was written a couple of years before the most recent US presidential election, but it has some… implications, nevertheless.

No dictators were harmed in the making of this book.

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