The Occidental Tourist: A Facebook Debate About Race, Culture and Values

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This book is current yet timeless. My sister and I, mainly, discuss race, culture, politics and values. What could at times be considered arcane or futile debate is bracketed by the fact that Donald Trump’s run for president of the United States has attracted so many ardent supporters; one such being my sister Sharon. Although we only mention Donald Trump a couple of times within our yearlong debate, the same attitudes that radiate from his persona cause certain people and their issues to gravitate to his campaign. Alongside this push and pull we seem to be witnessing the disintegration of at least one political party while finding concern about what may rise from these ashes.
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The Occidental Tourist is the fourth book by Paul R. Gibson. Other books include a translation and commentary of the Laozi, Daodejing entitled, The Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching; A Visual Interpretation, 2014. Wisdom's Hiding Place; Reaching Beyond Belief, a book of religious philosophy linking Judaism, Christianity and Daoism to philosophical realism, 2011.
A novel entitled, The Oxbow Revelation, is a fictional portrayal of a high school student who stumbles upon links between realism and religion at a time when he most needs direction. Published 2009.

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Score Books
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Published on
Aug 28, 2016
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Pages
280
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ISBN
9781365359996
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / American Government / Legislative Branch
Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
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The Pulitzer Prize winning classic by President John F. Kennedy, with an introduction by Caroline Kennedy and a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy.

Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage serves as a clarion call to every American.

In this book Kennedy chose eight of his historical colleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. These heroes, coming from different junctures in our nation’s history, include John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert A. Taft.

Now, a half-century later, the book remains a moving, powerful, and relevant testament to the indomitable national spirit and an unparalleled celebration of that most noble of human virtues. It resounds with timeless lessons on the most cherished of virtues and is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. Profiles in Courage is as Robert Kennedy states in the foreword: “not just stories of the past but a book of hope and confidence for the future. What happens to the country, to the world, depends on what we do with what others have left us."

Along with vintage photographs and an extensive author biography, this book features Kennedy's correspondence about the writing project, contemporary reviews, a letter from Ernest Hemingway, and two rousing speeches from recipients of the Profile in Courage Award.  Introduction by John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy, forward by John F. Kennedy’s brother Robert F. Kennedy.

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In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Praise for Between the World and Me

“Powerful . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and huge corporations. Not for the first time, we have reached a breaking point. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. In other words, every thirty-two years. Which means that the next complete overhaul is due in 2018. But what should be in this new tax code? Can we make the U.S. tax system simpler, fairer, and more efficient? Yes, yes, and yes. Can we cut tax rates and still bring in more revenue? Yes.
 
Other rich countries, from Estonia to New Zealand to the UK—advanced, high-tech, free-market democracies—have all devised tax regimes that are equitable, effective, and easy on the taxpayer.  But the United States has languished. So byzantine are the current statutes that, by our government’s own estimates, Americans spend six billion hours and $10 billion every year preparing and filing their taxes. In the Netherlands that task takes a mere fifteen minutes! Successful American companies like Apple, Caterpillar, and Google effectively pay no tax at all in some instances because of loopholes that allow them to move profits offshore. Indeed, the dysfunctional tax system has become a major cause of economic inequality.
 
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Paul R Gibson
 This is a book about viewpoint.

Point of view can be physical, “I am facing south while you are facing north”.

Point of view can be rational, “I see this idea as true while your idea is false”.

Have two people stand back to back in strange surroundings and each will
ask the other what they see and will listen very carefully for the
information that can be gleaned from each other's replies.

Curiously, once we stand side by side, we begin to find some disagreement with each other. We might not disagree so much with what is viewed as with how
things are viewed. Yet we can still discuss differences in physical
viewpoint without viewpoint itself getting in its own way. But this is
not the case with rational viewpoints.

We tend to argue our rational viewpoints to our deaths and pursue the
deaths of others who dare see differently. We have little if any real
regard for the value of information contained within other rational
views. We call this conviction. We praise our steadfastness and laud
these beliefs as though they reveal something other than ignorance
beyond personal perspective. Yet, since God also seems to exist beyond
physical perspective, what might we inadvertently devalue through our
convictions? Yes, our values have religious implications that our
beliefs conspire to conceal.

Here I present the basics of realism and show how realism influences our
psychology, informs our values, and reveals a path forward that avoids
the pitfalls of belief.

It is my hope that we can learn to stand side by side while valuing back to back views.
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