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This book was finished in May 2018. The full name of the book is "Democrats, Liberals, Republicans, and Conservatives". It is as much about how Democrats are not Liberals and Republicans are not Conservatives as it is about Democrats and Republicans. This book started as an essay and got out of control. Some of the chapters are available also through my page on political essays. The best way to get an idea of the book is to take the list below as a table of contents, and then read the first 5 pages or so of the first chapter. Chapters that begin with # are optional but still recommended. Chapters average about 20 pages each. You can read each chapter fairly independently. I suppose many people will wish to read only the chapter on Democrats or on Republicans, or both. If you read one, I hope you read the other. I am equally harsh on both. If you read one, you should read the related background, especially the chapters on Liberals, Conservatives, and history. The "text" view depends on your local browser and text reader.

This book does not include citations, references, or a bibliography. If people are interested, I will make one, but it is too much trouble otherwise. This book began as a political essay, and those don't have many citations etc. This material was written to be apparent to anybody with much political experience in America and older than about 14 years. The only place a bibliography would help would be with the material on Adam Smith and the history of economics or on the history of Liberals and Conservatives. Frankly, for the material on Liberals and Conservatives, you are better off going to the Net. Don't stop with the material that pops up right away and don't stop with the Wikipedia article alone, although some of that material is quite good. Go to their sources too. The material on Adam Smith and types of rationality is more evasive, and so maybe someday I will write more on that. Even then, it will be based on Smith himself and on people who took off from the stance provided by Smith. It will have more to do with rationality in politics, economics, and pop culture than with academic views of rationality.