Book roundup: Per Bauhn & Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, Mikhail Bakunin, William H. Davidow

Per Bauhn, Dilsa Demirbag-Sten - Till frihetens försvar (2010)

Per Bauhn, Dilsa Demirbag-Sten – Till frihetens försvar – en kritik av den normative multikulturalismen (2010)

Multiculturalism is a reality, but normative multiculturalism, a relativistic and collectivist approach to how different cultures should live together, is wrong and dangerous.  A free society must stand on the rights of the individual and on a minimum of shared values.

Read: 30 pages, then skimmed the rest

Recommended: Only if you don’t already agree with the above summary.  I didn’t find their mostly theoretical approach interesting.

Mikhail Bakunin – God and the State (1871/1882)

They weren’t very bright, the anarchists, were they?  I get the impression that their criteria for a plausible social theory was that it could convince their buddies down at the pub.  Fighting for individualism by teaming up with its greatest enemies was also not a proud moment in political strategy.  But their hearts were in the right place.  Except when they were killing people, I mean.  Posterity can be unforgiving that way.

Recommended: Weakly.

William H. Davidow – Overconnected – The Promise and Threat of the Internet (2011)

The kind of book where every chapters opens with an anecdote, and everything is tied together in a single idea.  Rule of thumb: When you have an idea that can be captured completely in a word plus a subtitle, don’t write a book, but a tweet.

Read: 23 pages.

Recommended: No.

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