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Didact’s Book List 2019

by | Jan 1, 2020 | Uncategorized | 7 comments

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  1. Dire Badger

    Wait, what? You didn't re-read the Heretics of St. Possenti? Shame! hehe.

    • Didact

      Yeah I know ))

      I'd thought about it, pretty seriously. That is such a brilliant book.

      But STARSHIP TROOPERS is always going to be my #1 choice for repeated re-reads. And John Ringo's The Last Centurion is right up there too.

  2. Dire Badger

    I know this is a bit odd of a question, but have you read John Ringo's Ghost series? I find it a very guilty pleasure, because I personally wrestle with some of the titular character's same quirks, with much the same solution (Christ helps) but I am neither as driven by evil nor as…competent. Man is intrinsically evil, but has a conscience and willpower to control that.

    The Third book(?)'s description of the international sex trade, however, is an eerily prophetic glimpse into the slowly unfolding realities of Epstein's connection with the movers and shakers of the world.

    • Didact

      It's not an odd question at all. I have been giving some thought to reading John Ringo's Ghost series for a long time. The major reason why I don't is because, frankly, my reading list is longer than my arm.

      I remember coming across that hysterical and legendary "Oh John Ringo No!!!" review from over 10 years ago and reading it all the way through, thanks to a recommendation from friend and fellow shitlord Last Redoubt. And I thought that any book that would make people's heads explode so quickly, had to be worth a shot.

      Unfortunately I've just never gotten around to reading it. But the very fact that Ringo can write books like that, along with all of the other awesome stuff that he's done – the Legacy of the Aldenata series, the Troy Rising series, the Black Tide Rising series, and so on and so forth – speaks volumes for his imagination and versatility as a writer.

    • Dire Badger

      See, now you are making me look into the Troy rising series 😛 I like how Ringo has moved farther and farther away from Neocon Liberalism since his earlier writings, and who knows? Some day he might become alt-right. We don't have cookies, and we don't lie about having cake.

    • Didact

      It's a really good series, but he basically stopped writing it after the third book and left it stuck on a cliffhanger. Which really annoyed me because his signature offbeat sense of humour is all over that series, and it is both very funny and very imaginative. There are loads of STAR WARS references in it, which is not surprising since the plot kind of revolves around one guy building his own more-or-less Death Star, but he does it in order to protect humanity from alien invasion.

      John Ringo does seem to be doing what a lot of conservatives have done, and woken up to the fact that conservatism isn't working very well. We'll see where he goes from there, but he's showing promise. I really liked the attitude that he showed in The Last Centurion, and that was published a decade ago.

  3. Kapios

    I don't know why, but Milo's book about the Pope caught my eye and once I clicked the link I noticed a bunch of other authors writing about the evils of Francis and the Vatican in general. I've also heard stories about greed and degeneracy growing rampant in other Christian denominations. Mount Athos, supposedly one of the holiest places in Europe is run purely like a business. Archbishops in different countries also run churches more like corporations and they not only seem to be exempt from taxes, they can bypass government laws like it's nothing.

    As a Greek I am particularly disappointed about the situation in mount Athos. It used to be that the leader (its founder at least) led by example and people practiced asceticism. Even though I am a man, I have no desire to step into that place ever (women are prohibited from entering), because they no longer practice asceticism. They are subtly torturing people. I would imagine the Vatican started off with noble intentions and it just baffles me how all these places have evolved so backwards.

    It's not just religious institutions. It's corporations with good foundations, turning into greed machines or governments with sound laws turning into tyrannies. Are we doomed to keep destroying what was once beautiful and empowering into a symbol of degeneracy? Do you think we will ever stop that cycle? Especially for religion in this case.

    I'm agnostic at this point in my life, but I practice asceticism because It's a fantastic remedy for the way I abused my body and mind with bad habits. I don't think anyone has managed to formalize and promote asceticism as much as the Christians did in the past, so it breaks my heart to see such things being forgotten and swept away like it's nothing.


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