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text 2019-01-14 22:53
Reading progress update: I've read 47 out of 384 pages.
The Winding Road to the Welfare State: Economic Insecurity and Social Welfare Policy in Britain - George R. Boyer

This book is proving to be a perfect example of what I find so limiting about economic history. Boyer is examining the impact of changes in welfare law upon the poor and unemployed in Britain. It's all well and good, but he never bothers to explain why Parliament changes the law. Was it a shift in morality, or because of the increasing shift of the population from rural to urban? Evidently Boyer doesn't think this worth addressing.

 

This might be a minor complaint, but it also highlights another problem with the book, this one being a lack of differentiation in his statistics. He tosses around numbers about the "population" and "the poor" as they were a uniform category between 1832 and 1951. He should know very well that this isn't the case, and that a lot of what was happening involved adapting a system geared towards addressing poverty in a predominantly agrarian economy to a predominantly industrial one. Given some of the arguments he makes, not addressing this leaves it flawed and subject to substantial revision, which is a shame because he makes some interesting points in his economic analysis.

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review 2018-12-31 01:27
Well, I guess Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them was taken as a title...
What is a Palestinian State Worth? - Sari Nusseibeh

But, yeah, a lot of lies by omission, including minimizing palestinian terrorism, and the fact that racist palestine has ethnically cleansed 100% of its Jews.   I suppose believing that a new state with a palestinian majority - the state that the author suggests, by taking in the palestinians in Judea, Samaria, and gaza, but not giving them political rights - would be in anyway not a state in which terrorism against the Jews goes down is easier without knowing the history of how violent this particular people has been against the Jews in the recent past. 

 

Nor do I believe in one secular, democratic state with a palestinian majority.   Again, looking at the laws in which palestinians are jailed for selling land to Jews, yeah, no, I absolutely believe that one state with a palestinian majority would expel or murder their Jewish population. 

 

He talks about using love or the soul as a lever to change people's minds politically, but I watch the videos and see what palestinians write: they want the Jews expelled if not all dead.   And I by no means mean all of them, but there are enough who feel this way that it tires me out and makes me believe that a palestinian run state would be corrupt and treat the Jews shabbily.  

 

I should also note that this was written before the 2008 and 2014 operations, Cast Lead and Protective Edge respectively.   Since gaza hasn't rebuilt and hamas uses concrete to build terror tunnels instead of homes, his one state solution in which he gloats that he foresees Israel taking on the financial burden of cleaning up the messes the pa and hamas have made is not great for Israel.   And it would be an absolutely crushing burden: the amount of money needed to be poured into gaza to stop the corruption by the palestinian officials as well as to rebuild everything is astronomical.   It's not something any other country would want to be responsible for - nor should they be. 

 

As much as I feel badly for the people in gaza, they voted in terrorists into the collective government.   Those terrorists took gaza for themselves in a bloody coup, in which they turned on fatah members who they slaughtered.   (It's probably the reason Abbas is so easy with continuing to punish the people of gaza to this day, taxing them even as they starve, sanctioning them, cutting payments to fatah members who still remain in gaza some of whom were trapped in gaza when it got cut off from Judea and Samaria by the blockage Israel put in effect to stop the murderous terrorists from gaza, including hamas militants.   Abbas still remembers the fatah members murdered by hamas and hasn't forgiven hamas for that, nor for stripping some power from Abbas himself.   He's as corrupt as hamas is: the leaders of fatah and hamas are millionaires, or even billionaires, while their people live in tents and shacks.)   When those terrorists go on to commit enough terrorism to get themselves blockaded by both Israel and Egypt, who keeps tighter control of their borders, I believe it is the hamas billionaires and millionaires who have led this territory into its hellish state who are responsible for giving up their money and fixing this before they demand anyone else does. 

 

So, yeah, a whole lotta lies packed int a tiny book.   Whoever suggested I listen to palestinian voices was an idiot; it only made me see more clearly how many lies are told about Israel and Jews. 

 

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text 2018-12-29 17:34
Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 234 pages.
What is a Palestinian State Worth? - Sari Nusseibeh

East Jerusalem, aka where Jews were expelled and aren't allowed access to their holiest site, the Temple Mount. 

 

Of COURSE the author would like this to be the capital of future palestine, to deny access to Jews to half of their capital. 

 

Undivided Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, PERIOD.

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text 2018-12-29 17:20
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 234 pages.
What is a Palestinian State Worth? - Sari Nusseibeh

"Yet [p]alestinians living in Israel or under its occupation are denied both equality and freedom."

 

And I say again, Jews aren't allowed to live in or even buy land in racist palestine, and are thus denied more equality and freedom there.   This is a dangerous book by a dangerous man who I'm starting to suspect would like us Jews to be powerless dhimmis once again.

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text 2018-12-29 15:43
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 234 pages.
What is a Palestinian State Worth? - Sari Nusseibeh

Bored.   The author has a tendency to go off on tangents to show long, long examples of what he means that have nothing to do with the on-the-ground situation of Israel and palestine. 

 

That being said, I do want to finish this book, but I need a break and I need to find some time to read my grandmother's book, too.

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