School has started up again, and I have plenty of new books to read this year. The Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk is a book which my mom really likes, and though it is a very, very large book I’m looking forward to reading it all the way through. Here is a quote I found in the first chapter, which seems to sum up the author’s main point so far:
We couple the words “law and order”, and indeed they are related, yet they are not identical. Laws arise out of a social order; they are the general rules which make possible the tolerable functioning of an order. Never the less, an order is bigger than its laws, and many aspects of any social order are determined by beliefs and customs, rather than being governed by positive laws.
The Roots of American Order
On my reading list this week (New School Year Edition):
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: This is one of my literature books for this year (another is The Count of Monte Cristo). So far I’ve only read the author’s introduction, which apparently takes up like one eighth of the book, so I don’t have any real judgments to make as of yet. However, I’m hoping the actual story is a bit more interesting than the introduction, which culminated in a confusing discussion of… politics, apparently?
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift: My mom tried reading this to me several years ago. Lets just say it was a bit inappropriate at the time. If I remember correctly, it turns out to be a sort of satire making fun of governments and stuff, and there’s this huge fight about whether or not people ought to eat eggs a certain way (I really don’t remember that much), but so far I’m only two chapters in, and I had to read a very long list of all the things in Gulliver’s pockets, as described by tiny Lilliputians who have no idea what they actually are.
Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? by Richard J. Maybury: I’ve read several of the ‘Uncle Eric’ books (namely, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and Whatever Happened to Justice?), and they are all very thought provoking and eye opening, although I don’t agree with all of his views. The title of this book made me want to read it anyway, even if I didn’t have to read it for school, because I still honestly don’t understand all this right/left, liberal/conservative stuff, even though its an election year and people are using these terms all… the… time… and expecting me to know what they mean.
(And, no, I still haven’t finished The Books of Elsewhere. I’m about half way through the last one. That is what comes of getting an entire series out from the library at the same time. And, I’m also still waiting for the last Lunar Chronicles book by Marissa Meyer, even though its been more than two months. *cue terrible scream of doom*)
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