At first glance the title may seem a bit over the top, but as the author explores the network on these pages, it becomes clear that his warning is as apt now as when the book was first published. Each chapter examines a leftwing group and its modus operandi. The real action started after the Democratic defeat of 2002 and York shows how the strange coalition of leftist operatives tried to circumvent the McCain-Feingold Reform Bill through the use of 527 organizations. They had much more money, but mercifully these far-left 527s only reinforced the beliefs of the converted and if anything, alienated centrist voters.
Another failed tactic was the Michael Moore mockumentary Fahrenheit 9/11. York examines the income it generated and comes to the conclusion that it had high attendance figures only in the liberal urban areas. In the rest of the country it was a monumental flop. Its rival at the time, The Passion Of The Christ, was far more successful and will stand the test of time. And then there was Talk Radio. By now everybody knows that the leftist Air America has gone belly up. It has disappeared off the radar even in places like New York City.
The people behind this cultish coalition includes eccentric billionaires like George Soros, hosts of Democratic Party operatives and politicians, groups like MoveOn and America Coming Together, academics, Hollywood celebrities and think tanks like The Center for American Progress. Of course, they had no clear policies or original ideas. A trenchant quote from a disillusioned activist sums it up: "Just getting larger amplifiers doesn't make the music any better." Exactly!
York tries to make sense out of Soros' behaviour from many interesting angles. Ultimately the weirdo billionaire gave away $27 million for nothing. Serves him right. This might even have helped stimulate the economy in a minor way so let's be grateful for small mercies. The most fascinating part of the book is where York examines the psychological motives behind this leftwing network. It is mainly hatred of President Bush and it functions very much like a mind-control cult. But impotent rage does not win elections and instead alienates decent people.
This book illuminates the deepest recesses of the leftwing swamp and it does so in a most measured, intelligent and entertaining way. The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy is a very valuable guide and reference work to a dangerous and sinister force in American politics. For more information on various aspects of the Left, I highly recommend Sinisterism by Bruce Walker, Godless: The Church Of Liberalism by Ann Coulter, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, The Professors and Unholy Alliance by David Horowitz, Unhinged by Michelle Malkin and The Death Of Right And Wrong by Tammy Bruce. It is of cardinal importance that all people of goodwill become informed of both the external and internal dangers facing America.