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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

An offer you can't shouldn't refuse

If you've ever wanted to improve yourself... broaden your mind... calibrate your worldview... hone your perceptiveness... become a more critical thinker... gain a better understanding of the forces behind the news... well, have I got an offer for you!

My friend and fellow blogger, Ben Chorin is without a doubt one of the smartest people I have ever met (and that's saying something since I know a lot of smart people). When he first started his blog, he mostly offered up scholarly posts on legal and political issues of the day; some esoteric... and others less so.

But after a few years he came to the conclusion (wrongheaded, IMHO) that he was running out of unique observations... that others were saying the same things, albeit in more accessible language.

So, for a few months his site went dormant.

Now, after a short hiatus, Ben is back... and he has decided to change his focus and format.

Starting a few weeks ago, he started offering up a series of essays which address various issues of Religion and State (I know... sounds pretty dry, right?)... but which in reality are turning out to be some of the most eye-opening, erudite examinations of the very fabric of modern society that I have ever seen.

That Ben isn't feeding these essays as chapters to a publisher instead of placing pearls before swine here on the Internet, is beyond me. But we are the beneficiaries, and far be it from me to complain about having access to something I don't really deserve.

I should warn you, at first the language Ben uses may seem a bit scary. But don't be put off... persevere. We're just used to the media and the pundits dumbing things down to bite sized bits for us. We have been conditioned to like our information pre-digested.

Yes, Ben sometimes uses a lot of '50 cent words' where a nickel or dime word would suffice. But he explains himself so clearly, and presents the information in such an organized and logical fashion, that any snarl of vocabulary which isn't immediately clear will be quickly made clear in context.

It would not be too hyperbolic to say that every thinking person should be following this series of essays... even (and probably especially) if at first blush you are not inclined to agree with Mr. Chorin's worldview.

Start here and go through them chronologically. He has published eleven (approximately weekly) installments so far, and shows no sign of slowing. So this is the time to jump in and get caught up.

Here are the links in chronological order (don't thank me... I'm a giver): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11)

Why are you still here? Go start reading!

Posted by David Bogner on December 21, 2010 | Permalink

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Interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: ilana | Dec 21, 2010 10:00:17 PM

Oh my. Careful, if you keep reading Ben's stuff, you may find yourself singing hymns in the Tea Party choir.

Posted by: Bob | Dec 23, 2010 4:13:28 AM

Thank you! What a wonderful gift! (from him, through you)!

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Dec 25, 2010 8:47:50 AM

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