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5.0 out of 5 stars Compassion gap
The title of this book refers to the surprising find that the author came across in his research: conservatives are much more generous than liberals. This flies in the face of the conventional wisdom where even president Bush had to brandish his 2000 campaign as "compassionate conservatism". It turns out "compassionate" is redundant: conservatives of all stripes outflank...
Published on 7 April 2011 by Dr. Bojan Tunguz

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1.0 out of 5 stars Oversimplistic, tired and trying to make a split where there isn't one
Oh God, another one of these books that tries to manufacture manufacture some fake difference between "liberals" and "conservatives". Generosity and compassion cannot be neatly divided into political ideologies or whether a person holds religious views or not.

If it's not the conservatives trying to pretend that liberals are stingy baby-killing communists, it's...
Published on 29 Mar 2009 by Cardinal Fang


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassion gap, 7 April 2011
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Dr. Bojan Tunguz (Indiana, USA) - See all my reviews
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The title of this book refers to the surprising find that the author came across in his research: conservatives are much more generous than liberals. This flies in the face of the conventional wisdom where even president Bush had to brandish his 2000 campaign as "compassionate conservatism". It turns out "compassionate" is redundant: conservatives of all stripes outflank liberalism when it comes to charitable giving and generosity. This is a very stable and robust find, and it turns out that it does not depend on the kind of charity: money, time, treasure, blood donations, secular or religious causes, in all those categories conservatives, especially the religious kind, are by far more giving and generous than anyone else. One of the great strengths of this book is the reliance on empirical, quantifiable, data and not case studies or the word of mouth. Even though the book is data driven, it is eminently readable and should be read by anyone who has even the slightest interest in public policy debate.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oversimplistic, tired and trying to make a split where there isn't one, 29 Mar 2009
This review is from: Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism - America's Charity Divide - Who Gives, Who Doesn't, and Why It Matters (Paperback)
Oh God, another one of these books that tries to manufacture manufacture some fake difference between "liberals" and "conservatives". Generosity and compassion cannot be neatly divided into political ideologies or whether a person holds religious views or not.

If it's not the conservatives trying to pretend that liberals are stingy baby-killing communists, it's liberals trying to pretend that consevatives are racist, fascist kitten-eating nazis. It's time political discourse moved away from childish arguments like the one in this book and on to proper grown-up issues.
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