Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: Freedom By Adam Kokesh

Adam Kokesh wrote what he calls a "book" entitled Freedom. He calls it "The Most Important Book Ever" so I downloaded it intending to read it and review it, maybe learn from it, or at least proofread it, and thus grow as a philosophical thinker. Alas, as with most manifestos and pundit excrement, I can't read it. I simply can not force myself to trudge through the wasteland of cyclical philosophy. I can't read my own manifestos either, or Ted Kaczynski's or Manson's or the long one by Moses, so Adam shouldn't feel bad. The thing about manifestos is how dull they are, how self-certain, how boldly arrogant. My blighted days in Hollywood taught me at least this: the words must play. Unless your name is Alexander Hamilton and you are about to enter a duel with a Vice President then do not rely on dusty platitudes to communicate your message. Mel Brooks is a better role model for the majority of people, not James Madison. This bit of wisdom comes with experience. Jon Stewart understands it; Bill O'Reilly understands it; William F. Buckley understood it. My beloved Thoreau understood it but stretched the boundaries of humor with his submission, Walden. These are the pundit elite whose manifestos are widely embraced. I suspect Adam Kokesh understands it but has not written enough to be able to economically embrace it. Kokesh is mildly entertaining in his derivative live podcasts, but he should really assign the writing jobs to other people, like me, for instance. He's a dynamic personality but young and abrasive without much new material. The world needs another pundit like it needs another piano tuner.


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