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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Disappointed: the best parts of the book are some well known facts from behavioral biology, etc., he also expresses well a few original thoughts; too much pathos, especially when he goes almost into tears in a couple of places (audiobook), his points are randomly illustrated by personal stories, excessively so; he tries to defend his current political standpoints loosely related to life in general - Peterson is smart enough to produce a better book, I still hope.
His dark general outlook, being all over the place, unwillingness to take a stand on key points (e.g. no argument against Nietzsche's critique of Christianity, etc.) and apparent believe in almost sacred nature of his own thought process make me less interested in his future works, even thought I used to enjoy the recordings of his university lectures in the past.
Two places in the book were unpleasant to me: 1) where he expresses an opinion about his private client, 2) where he does not say the expected (metaphorically) "daughter of god."
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Starting listening to library-borrowed books during exercise, running errands, and driving seems to work well for me. In 2018 I read about 38 books, and in 2017 - 43.

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Lena's Political Compass

This is a short unordered summary of my political views:

  1. Environmental regulations should be improved and deepened and be consistently enforce.
  2. Internet service providers should not be allowed to manipulate access speed.
  3. Authority should be questioned, it requires free press, freedom of speech and expression.
  4. Pro-choice in the first 12 weeks, and pro-life after, unless in extraordinary circumstances; plus for providing birth control, sex education, and more social services that can help reduce the number of abortions.
  5. Support mixed sex, same sex, and multiple partner marriages of any gender, if people are willing to take the risk of trust and responsibility, especially for the children's well-being. 
  6. Adoption rights should be based on character and readiness.
  7. Nobody should be physically disciplined, this includes spanking by caregivers.
  8. Contraception should be available to everyone.
  9. Recreational drugs should be legalized and controlled, the public should be informed about consequences and the restrictions should be clearly defined.
  10. Pornography, depicting consenting adults, should be legal for the adult population.
  11. What goes on in a private bedroom between consenting adults is no business of the state.
  12. Voluntary adult prostitution should be legal.
  13. State and churches should be separated.
  14. Purchasing a gun should require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training.
  15. A war should be permitted exclusively as an act of defense, similar to other offenses against life. Starting a warfare if not attacked should be treated as mass murder or attempt.
  16. The leader of a country should not be able to authorize military force against any other entity without Congressional or similar approval.
  17. The military should not assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries.
  18. Police officers should wear body cameras.
  19. Against death penalty.
  20. In criminal justice, rehabilitation should be more important than punishment .
  21. Convicted criminals should have the right to vote.
  22. Pro voluntary euthanasia.
  23. Simplification of taxes, removing tax loopholes.
  24. Support for small business and entrepreneurialism. 
  25. Universal base income for everyone instead of welfare.
  26. Universal healthcare, single-payer with alternative science based options.
  27. Governments should penalize businesses that mislead the public.
  28. Societies should invest more in science, sustainable technologies and education based on critical thinking and creativity than into militarization and bureaucracy.
  29. For due process.
  30. For due diligence.
Political Compass:
  • Economic Left / Right: -4.88
  • Social Libertarian / Authoritarian: -7.44

Lena's political position

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