How many of you baseball fans knew that Abner Doubleday not only invented baseball but that he was also a key officer for the Union at Fort Sumter during the crisis of 1860-1861? If you said, “I did!” then you’ve … Continue reading →
It is not true that “no one can speak honestly about race.” Thomas Sowell does that and more in this book of essays. “Facts matter,” he writes in the Preface, especially when they challenge widely held beliefs based on false premises.
The pairing of Churchill and Orwell in a title attracted this reader’s attention. That they were both superb writers did not seem adequate justification. Thomas Ricks explains that both were dedicated to preserving freedom, albeit in different ways. It is an intriguing title, but the author had to strain to maintain the connection.
Orwell delivered a speech on the BBC in 1941 that appears to be a precursor to his novel 1984. Marcia examines the speech and finds some parallels for today and that despite his prescience, Orwell refused to give up on his dream of a socialist utopia. Such is cognitive dissonance.