"If a slave owner of our time has not an Ivan whom he can send into a privy to clean out his excrements, he has three rubles which are so much wanted by hundreds of Ivans that he can choose any one out of them, and appear as a benefactor to him because he has chosen him out of the whole number and has permitted him to climb into the cesspool. . . . Slavery exists in full force, but we do not recognize it . . ."
—Leo Tolstoy, The Slavery of Our Times
(Our Quote of the Week is taken from The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations, Charles Bufe, ed. When we're in the mood, we change our Quotation of the Week between 15:00 and 21:00 GMT on Mondays; ditto for our Definition of the Week.)
Definition of the Week
PERJURY, n. A common leisure time activity of policemen.
Our Definition of the Week is taken from the upcoming revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic's Dictionary scheduled for June 2016.
Our First E-book-only Title
Pamela Sutter's pointed and funny May the Farce be with You: A Lighthearted Look at why God does not exist is our first e-book-only title. It covers such topics as prayer (if god is omniscient, why bother?), the egocentricity of "believers," evolution vs. creationism, the anthropic principle, and much more. It also contains nearly two dozen cartoons, many of which are very funny, and which The Moral Atheist touts as "hilarious."
May the Farce be with You is now available in all e-book formats (ePub, PDF, Mobi) from all major e-book sellers (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple, et al.) and can be read on any e-reading device.
Here's one of the book's more than 20 illustrations.
- The Anarchist Cookbook, by Keith McHenry with Chaz Bufe, and with an introduction by Chris Hedges. (October 2015) Finally, an actual cookbook written by actual anarchists!The Anarchist Cookbook contains dozens of tasty vegan recipes, recipes for social change, and accurate information on anarchism. Topics covered include anarchism versus terrorism; anarchism: what it is and what it isn't; anarchism versus "libertarianism"; nonviolent direct action; consensus decision making; horizontal organization; occupations; boycotts; strikes; and a host of other ways of putting anarchist principles into action.
- The Unkindness of Ravens, by Earl Lee. (April 2016) A mind-bending alternative history / time travel tale set in the Civil War era.
- The American Heretic's Dictionary (Revised & Expanded), by Chaz Bufe, (June 2016) is the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary. This revised and expanded edition contains twice as many definitions as the original edition (600 vs. 300), several additional illustrations by J.R. Swanson, and an appendix containing the best 200 definitions by Bierce.
Some comments on the original edition:
"Such bitterness, such negativity, such unbridled humor, wit and sarcasm."
"The quirky cartoons by J.R. Swanson nicely complement Bufe's cruel wit. Recommended." —Free Inquiry
"Sick and offensive." —Small Press
The Watcher, by Nicholas P. Oakley is a fine coming-of-age tale with well drawn characters in a far-future setting, brimming with social and political questions on technology, primitivism, ecology, and the uses and misuses of consensus process.
Here's a portion of the Publishers Weekly review of The Watcher. The full review is on our Reviews page. PW comments:
"[The author] provides a degree of complexity in what could very easily have been a one-sided didactic novel. This ambivalent examination of an idealist society and its less than ideal behavior offers the hope that Oakley will grow into a significant SF novelist."
Bible Tales for Ages 18 and Up, by G. Richard Bozarth, consists of excerpts from the Terminally Ill Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947 in Israel by Dr. Sebaceous Piafraus in the same month as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls became internationally famous, but the Terminally Ill Sea Scrolls were consigned to obscurity, along with their discoverer, who endured too many years of ego-bruising neglect. Finally, decades later, Dr. Piafraus provides us with translations of his scrolls, which he insists provide the most authentic versions of many Old Testament stories, because the Jewish end-times cult that created the Scrolls claimed that they were. These stories are more fully developed than in the Old Testament and are humorous, though some parts are appalling, because Bible stories often are appalling.
Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom, by Marie Alena Castle. Boldly stated and passionately argued, this wide-ranging book analyzes the impact religion has on culture and daily life in the United States. Culture Wars delves into the theology of intrusive religions, and goes on to shows that many of our laws are based in religious belief and have harmful effects on individuals and society.
"In this hard-hitting book, longtime Minnesota activist Castle exhaustively catalogues the myriad threats to religious freedom and church-state separation posed by clericalists, fundamentalists, and their political allies and enablers." —Free Inquiry
The Best of Social Anarchism, Howard Ehrlich and a.h.s. boy editors. Social Anarchism is one of the longest-running and most respected anarchist journals in the United States. Since its appearance in 1980, the journal has published hundreds upon hundreds of articles by writers such as Janet Biehl, Brian Martin, Brian Morris, and Colin Ward.
At over 400 pages, this massive collection contains an introduction by Jeff Shantz, Howard Ehrlich's highly amusing history of the journal, and Social Anarchism's 30 best articles divided into five major categories: 1) Theory; 2) Practice; 3) Education; 4) Notable historic figures; 5) Contemporary voices.
Sharp and Pointed features new writing by many of our authors—opinion pieces on politics and religion, science fiction reviews, cartoons, quotations, tips on writing, and much more.
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