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    11-28-2022, 04:58 PM
    Amen and Amen. Once more agree wholly with you on all points. Consequently, I don't have much to say at the moment.
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    11-28-2022, 08:25 AM
    I agree with everything you have said. But I am sure Gatto was using a bit of hyperbole and also referring to potential rather then actual. I think he is saying properly educated, properly motivated, high school kids should not be struggling as they do. We do not develop the mind because of our corrupt system. And if our education system were different, many that fail would succeed.
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    11-27-2022, 09:47 AM
    NY state public school teacher of the year John Gatto stated, "After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women."
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    11-27-2022, 06:52 AM
    Don't worry about your insanity; it means I am not alone!!! Sorry for the delayed response, and thanks for your thoughts. A late happy thanksgiving to you as well. As for Joss Wheadon (I loved firefly/serenity), I was also saddened when I discovered he was a leftist; his show gives off a definite libertarian vibe, which is why I loved it. I think your frustration derives from the modern education system. People are no longer taught to think logically, presuppositionally, or to form a consistent worldview. They are purposely trained to stop thinking and accept contradictory beliefs. Perhaps peer and media pressure also play a role. Tolkien held one consistent worldview, and he was intentional about it. He belived his mythology was his autobiography. If you know Middle-earth, you know Tolkien. He was anti-political, thinking it was corrupting and unjust, so he was no activist. But he did create a world with contrasting political systems, and the "good guys" offered an anarcho-monarchist pre-state society. At the same time, those under the shadow were totalitarian. His stories were mainly that, stories. But if one digs into his writings and myths, you can find more than enough to write about his politics.
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    11-22-2022, 06:54 AM
    There are some great books on that list, I qoute from some of them in my book!!! I agree that a strict label of libertarian does not apply. But to say he was in line with libertarianism more then any other American political party would be. I describe him in my book as a Catholic libertarian feudal monarchist, or an anarcho-monarchist.
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    11-17-2022, 01:30 PM
    I am a new self-publishing author who just began a Kickstarter for my first book titled "The Road Goes Ever On and On A New Perspective on J. R. R. Tolkien and Middle-earth." Kickstarter supporters receive special perks such as sighed copies, early access, reduced price, stunning artwork, etc Please check out the link if you are interested in supporting an Indie author. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tolkien/a-new-perspective-on-j-r-r-tolkien-and-middle-earth?ref=project_build While I cover many subjects, the book focuses on how Tolkien's political, religious, and environmental views affected his mythology. One theme that runs through the entire book is Tolkien's libertarian views. Blurb J.R.R. Tolkienís Middle-earth has captured the imaginations of millions of readers around the world for generations. He is considered the father of modern fantasy, but few understand how Tolkienís worldview impacted his mythology. The Road Goes Ever On and On is the first book of its kind to place Tolkien within his proper context, giving the reader a deeper understanding of Tolkien and Middle-earth. Smith takes us on a quest through a wide range of Tolkienís writings to unlock Tolkienís perspectiveóa perspective that, like the elves who have sailed into the West leaving Middle-earth, has faded away from our world.
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