Free politics and current events Kindle books for 08 Sep 18

The Law

by Frederic Bastiat

First published in 1850 as a pamphlet, The Law by Frederic Bastiat defines the nature of law and the role of government. It is essential reading for law students and anyone interested in jurisprudence.

The Immigration Web: 50 Reasons to Think Again

by David Leslie

In 50 short passages, this book sets out to get you thinking about immigration and invites you to challenge stereotypes and widely-held beliefs. What the press report and what that guy in the pub told you may not be as accurate as you thought.

There are much weightier books on immigration, but this book is about getting you to have a quick read to make you think. Writing it helped clear much of the muddiness in my mind and opened my eyes to new issues and opinions.

“there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
Donald Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense, Speaking about Iraq in 2002

You either think you get immigration or you don’t. Me, I wasn’t sure. That’s where this book comes from. There were things I thought I knew and others that I knew I just didn’t get. Writing this book has taught me that there were many other things I didn’t even know existed – the unknown unknowns – that now help to shape my views on immigration.

This is a book full of facts. Yes, a few opinions will be given too, but primarily this book aims to present evidence in a readable and understandable format to help you make your mind up on this most contentious of fields.

As you read through, consider which are the known knowns, the known unknowns and hopefully even a few unknown unknowns. Be prepared to challenge your preconceptions. Be receptive to new ideas – be open to the possibility that these pages might just change your mind.

The Author

David Leslie was raised in the Midlands but has lived all his adult life in Yorkshire.
After a career in education, David is now retired and enjoying time with his family as well as researching family history, reading, and, of course, writing.
This is his first book.
His second book – Extraordinary Times will be published in the summer of 2015
He expects to be kept very busy expanding his “50 reasons” e-book concept.
Topics to be featured include: the Yorkshire coast, Education, Northern Ireland, Flight and Diet.

David had an immigrant grandparent.

Bars, Bouncers, Bad Guys & Beyond: A kick-ass manual for bouncers and security officers

by Harry Hammer

A kick-ass manual for bouncers, security officers and owner/operators on how to achieve “true professional power” in bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues.

Harry Hammer, the author of this manual and a former marine, is the recipient of four meritorious awards as a PPCT (Pressure Point Control Tactics) Instructor Trainer and a long-time law enforcement officer. Hammer has been an instructor and an Instructor Trainer since the mid-80’s in:
Defensive Tactics
Spontaneous Knife Defense
Ground Avoidance and Ground Escapes
Sexual Harassment Assault & Rape Prevention
Violent Patient Management
Disruptive Student Management
Tactical Handcuffing
Escape and Evasion
Inmate Control

Hammer is also an Advanced De-Escalation Instructor and a former firearms and Advanced Verbal Judo Instructor, and brings over 41 years of experience, both as a top notch and dedicated peace officer and as a veteran PPCT Instructor Trainer, into his writing of this manual for bouncers and security officers.

Begin reading Bars, Bouncers, Bad Guys & Beyond and increase your level of professionalism, whether you’re a restaurant, bar or club owner, or a security professional who is committed to performing your job professionally.

Dangerous Gamers: The Commentariat and its war against video games, imagination, and fun

by Xavier Lastra

“Reinforces the notion of cultural and maybe racial supremacy,” “it amplifies sexist and misogynist ideas about women,” “impacts perceptions and beliefs,” “reinforces harmful patriarchal ideas,” “they and people around them will one day suffer the consequences of that risky behavior,” and “increases aggressive behavior as much as lead exposure decreases children’s IQ scores.”

What is this dangerous thing that can cause such extreme and pernicious effects, and in such lofty realm as that of ideas and beliefs? Is it perhaps a new dangerous cult or extremist political group? No, it is video games.

And wait until you hear what some of the critics say about the players: “Dater demographic,” “obtuse shitslingers,” and “reactionaries” who refuse to grow up, and who wish to return to a gaming “utopia largely exempt from critical analysis.”

Video games being the target of “media effects” controversies is not new, but not until recently have their players, the “gamers,” become fuel for moral panics.

In this book, you are going to read about a new class of pop culture exegetes and their manufactured controversies about the allegedly violent, sexist, and racist content of video games and entertainment.

This process, which first started in the domain of highbrow Criticism, has trickled down and stifled creativity and imagination, pathologized games, fun, and normalcy, and transformed “politics” and “cultural analysis” into a self-aggrandizing and endogamous game of one-upmanship.

The ranks of these commentators had swollen, and without more worlds to conquer, they set their eyes on entertainment and video games.

They are the Commentariat.

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