Bosco’s Book Bin – Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression

Posted on June 19th, 2009 by bosco
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Book CoverWell I finally finishing Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression by Dr. Mary Ruwart.  Incidentally you can find an older version of this text for free online.  You have to give this book a lot of credit for being well organized.  There is a full index in the back as well as an appendix of citations.  Each chapter is broken into small sections with a one page chapter summary at the end.  In that respect, it kind of reads like a textbook.  I know I’ll use it in the future if I need to look up information on a particular topic.  The book also deserves credit for covering everything.  I mean that in the Cleveland quoting Peter Griffin, “Eeeeeevvvverythaaaang” sense.  I’ve never seen a libertarian book do such a good job of covering so many topics in three hundred some pages.

Most importantly it is writen from a compassionate perspective, which has caused me to by a few extra copies for my friends and parents.  No vulgar libertarianism here, just genuine concern for other people.  Dr. Ruwart cites numerous examples of how aggression hurts everyone, from the playground all the way up to wallstreet.  The language is simple, direct and quotes are included in the margins pertaining to the topics being addressed.

Now, this review isn’t just going to be a Ruwart love-fest.  There are a few things wrong with the book as well.  Let’s start with the most readily apparent, the cover.  It’s terrible and it’s turned a decent amount of people off from the book.  People I recommend the book to look at me like, “You want me to read that?  With the twin towers and the dove?”  I’ve considered putting a brown paper bag dust cover on it before I give it to people.  As much as it goes against conventional wisdom, people do judge a book by its cover.  I’m sure this book’s cover has hurt its sales.

As I stated earlier, it reads like a textbook.  Textbooks are usually packed with information, but not particularly engaging.  I could knock this book for not grabbing the reader, but I don’t really think that’s what it’s about.  I’d recommend that people read it slowly and pick topics they are already interested in to research.  Treat it like a textbook and it will serve you well.  Just don’t go thinking that it’s going to be riveting.

So to sum things up, I’d say this is a book you definitely have to own.  In time you’ll probably read all of it.  You may disagree with parts and you may find yourself quoting other parts.  It’s very well researched and organized so you’ll probably use it as a reference.

2009 Free State Project Liberty Forum, Friday update

Posted on March 7th, 2009 by bile
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I’ve not been recording the talks I have gone to but at some point I’m sure some of those who have will post to YouTube. Thing are going well so far.

Missed the first set of speakers due to conversing with Wayne of Free Talk Live, Glenn Jacobs and Michael Manna of

Saw Glenn Jacobs and Adam Kokesh speak. Both were very good. For two men who’s careers have/had nothing to do with speaking they do it well. Had lunch with Anthony Gregory.

Mary Ruwart‘s dinner speech on the reasons for high cost perscription drugs was quite good though much of the info is available in her book Healing Our World.

Draft Ruwart in 2012?

Posted on August 24th, 2008 by bile
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I found this petition linked from Austrian-Athenian Empire:

To:  Dr. Mary J. Ruwart

The Libertarian Party in need of a principled libertarian who can articulate our views effectively while winning over the hearts and minds of the American people to the cause of Liberty.

Likewise, the American people want and deserve a presidential candidate they can trust.

Dr. Mary J. Ruwart, author of the best-selling book Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression, is a principled, articulate speaker, writer, and scientist who has been involved in the libertarian movement for three decades. Her message is one that brings together the various strains of libertarianism, and her work is appreciated by both the pragmatists and purists in our party.

We, the undersigned, implore Dr. Mary J. Ruwart to enter the race for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination for the 2012 election.


The Undersigned

I’m not going to be part of those trying to bring back the national LP from the Barr’k side but I’ll happily expend the little effort to voice my agreement with a Ruwart candidacy. For those interested in her beliefs I highly recommend Healing Our World, 3rd Edition.