A required book list

I think we should set up a required book list on what people need to do in order to post on this forum. We have gotten to the point were we are just yelling at each other. I don't want this forum to turn into a flame fest. Everyone gets two books that they want people to read. You don't have to read the books but this will help people know where we are coming from. I have based my political philosophy from three people (not only three but these are the main three) John Locke, Tom Paine, and Adam Smith. I am probably the only one here who has read Keynes.

I think things have been going quite nicely around here actually, I don''t contribute much but I read every post and I''ve been very pleased with everyone''s treatment of each other.

Suggesting books is a great idea but I don''t think it''s necessary in order to have a good debate. Regardless of someone''s past learning''s ultimately you have to take what is presented in the moment and run with it.

It isn''t where you''ve been and what you''ve read after all, it''s what you do with it.

I agree with Certis. Considering how passionate people tend to be over these topics, I think people have been remarkably civil to each other.

As for required reading....nah, but I''d love to hear any recommendations.

I reccomend ""The Clash of Civilizations"" by Samuel P. Huntington.

Intelligent, fresh and insightful. It didnt change the way I think, but it gave additional dimension to my perception of global politics.

Basically, Huntington undermines ideological source of post-cold war conflicts and argues that all the upcoming confrontations will be based on conflicting cultural views. He tries to define basic civilizations (Sinic, West, Muslim etc.) looks into their history, analyses recent conflicts and tries to find patterns.

Great read, indeed. I re-read it during the pre-Iraq-war and was actually shocked how...hmmm...very Huntington-like were the responses of various governments around the world to rising conflict.

That to say, he is not playing prophet, but rather trying to find solutions how to avoid future conflicts.

It is actually interesting to hear how differently people express their opinions about the book, ranging from ""this book should be burnt on main square"" to ""jesus, he has opened my eyes"".

No matter of your view on politics, it is great analytical work to be read by any intelligent person (as you understand, I`m intelligent one now )

""It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future.""

Oh, and as Ulairi was talking about *two* books.... simply read anything Douglas Adams. It will not give you political revelations etc. it`ll (hopefully) simply change the way you look at life (and politics).
Don`t panic!

P.S. My wife bought me the book ""Solomon of Doubt"" - a compilation of letters, articles and emails by Douglas Adams. Its perfect (except for the actual unfinished novel ""Solomon of Doubt"" which can be found at the end of the book - its nothing to write home about).

so after all you are going to learn german Ulairi?