Friday, October 12, 2007

Who are the five authors/thinkers who most influence your thinking?

Thanks to the Contentions Centrist who tagged me with this! Here is my response:

It is very difficult for me to specifically identify anyone who influenced my thinking. My current views are a reflection of a personal political evolution. I started off, when I was young, as an obersvant Jew, became a "secular humanist" (like I had any idea what that really meant) as a teen, and then moved back towards Judaism once I hit my twenties. My politics followed a similar drift, I guess. I started off being a the stereotypical "Liberal Jew", which is essentially what my parents were. Starting around the time I got to law school, I started to move to the right politically, and that move has continued inexorably to this very day. There were (and still are) a number of people who have influenced this transformation, including a former professor who remains one of my closest friends to this very day, and some other friends who have undergone similar political evolutions. However, I don't know that there was any specific public individual whose writings or thoughts influenced this transformation on my part.

As far as who influences me now, I would list the following individuals:

1) Charles Krauthammer: An absolutely brilliant man.
2) David Horowitz: He runs the Center for the Study of Political Culture and the Frontpage Magazine website. I have had the distinct honour of meeting him, and he posseses a truly impressive intellect.
3) Alan Dershowitz, Esq.: I don't agree with him on everything, but his mind functions in a way and at a speed that leaves slower individuals such as myself in the dust.
4) Senator John McCain: Another great person who fate has blessed me by allowing me to meet him. A man of integrity and tremendous personal courage, regardless of whether I agree with him or not (and I don't agree with him on illegal immigration, just to cite one example).
5) Former President Theodore Roosevelt: I don't know if I can count him, but it's my list, so he's here! :-)

Now, I tag............................The Bookworm, Oleh Michael, Angel at "Woman Honor Thyself", George Roper and Eric at the Black Tygrrrrrrr!


bob said...

That's an impressive list, and testament to an impressive life!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm.... I'm going to have to think about this one. I'll get back to you when I've come up with a solid answer. Your answers sound so intelligent, I don't want to sound foolish by comparison.

I think I'd also have to be more narrow than a writer generally, and think about specific works that affected how I think. One of my favorite writers is Paul Fussell, and his book "The Great War and Modern Memory" is a masterpiece, but it's his essay, "Thank God for the Atom Bomb" that changed my thinking a great deal.

WomanHonorThyself said...

woohoo...great list!!..I must think about this one !