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5.0 out of 5 stars a heavyweight education, 31 Jan 2011
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It's a sad indictment of our intellectual climate that no one has bothered to review this philosophical masterpiece. I use the word philosophy the the original Nietzschean sense of smashing idols. Don't be put off by the bloke being French though, because Pascal Bruckner is not a typical pampered cafe professor; he is a real intellectual, he's smart and he can write. Bruckner made his name with his novel writings and so he has gained the freedom to write the truth. Most academics self sensor themselves, or they feed off the troth of government funding or research grants, and so this is why the academy is mostly silent of these issues and this is a good reason as any to read The Tyranny of Guilt.

The Tyranny of Guilt is a master class in how to demolish the cult of our narcissistic pleasuring ourselves with guilt tendencies and how to take the air out of politically correct winbaggery. Pascal is especially good at pointing out that today's white intellectuals masochistic arguments that the West's slow retreating roar, up its own cowardly backside, is not a good thing. Islam is the big boo hoo in the book and even though books on (evil) Islam are becoming a cottage industry, the clear thinkers are actually correct on this one. It's only the bribed (my conspiracy theory) and the comfortable white intellectuals who refuse to see the contradictions in, to use Christopher Hitchens term, "one way multiculturalism".

What these critics are saying, if anything, is that the writers on this area are obviously not horrid racist types because 1; Islam is not a race or an ethnicity, nor is it a religion, but rather, Islam is an ideology that excretes idiocy everywhere is goes, like an angry toilet, to become the basis of a vicious personality cult and 2; Hindus and Sikhs and basically most brown people who are not Muslim, write the best critiques of the life denying nihilism that troubles the cowardly (or bribed maybe?) West.

This is an admirable translation too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tyranny of Guilt, 18 April 2011
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This book is written by a french leftist but regardless of whether you are left/right it is a must read on the inability of europe to deal with the current Islamist threat and the roots or origins of this weakness. The book reads like an extended essay & is short but well worth the read.
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The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism
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