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Important and honest but doesn't confront an important issue.,
This review is from: The Fallout: How a guilty liberal lost his innocence (Paperback)
Anthony's book is brutally honest about the liberal-left's tendency to ignore inconvenient truths in order to preserve their own emotionally-satisfying worldview. Many of today's big issues are tackled, including crime and terrorism, but the book never gets down to the core issue of what makes a liberal think as he does - what is his prime motivation and what is behind the strange, self-deluding rationale that sees them in constant opposition to the established order.
Anthony's alludes to middle-class guilt and the kind of overgrown adolescent rebellion common to many liberals, and even describes his own upbringing and experiences in the hope that they will shed light on the question of what shapes a particular outlook on life. Unfortunately, none of his stories, or those of the characters he meets along the way, really get to the nub of he matter.
Nor does Anthony seem to fully realise the damage the liberal consensus has wrought. While he recognises the influence that liberal views have had, he still seems to regard our lack of social cohesion as a natural phenomenon. He is appalled by the liberal reaction to crime and anti-social behaviour but doesn't acknowledge the part played by the systematic undermining of traditional authority, the relativist rejection of right and wrong, the demonisation of ambition and comeptition, and the promotion of the victim culture. Without this admission, none of the problems Anthony identifies stand any hope of being addressed.
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S Wood says:
Posted on 18 Sep 2009 00:09:29 BDT
Caped Crusader says:
Thank you "Tayles" for a most insightful review of this book, but moreover the movement!
Your identification of the psychological and sociological aspects do indeed identify the crux of the problem so evident today.
If I may be so bold as to recommend a title; your analysis works well with another pamphlet called The Retreat of Reason: Political Correctness and the Corruption of Public Debate in Modern Britain (Second Edition).
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2010 07:42:53 BDT
C. W. Bradbury says:
From the most ancient times down to our own era, all the ideologies created/believed by humanity have eventually reached a crisis-point. This crisis of confidence occurs when it becomes obvious to the majority that the benefits of any particular ideology to it's adherants are outweighed by the disadvantages inflicted by that same ideology.
Since European Civilization's high water mark in the Victorian Age, progressive thinkers have encouraged us to abandon the 'old religious attitudes' that underpinned that era's achievements. An 'enlightened' aetheistic liberal/socialist ideology developed from the ideas of Darwin, Marx and Freud has been substituted on the promise that when allied to modern technology, this scientific world-view would create a 'New Jerusalem'; amidst which all our spiritual and material needs would be provided for in abundance. As we survey the social wreckage of our 'modern' Western World, it seems clear that this liberal/socialist ideology upon which orthodox Western thought is now based, has reached that crisis-point.
Far from creating world peace, the 'dog eat dog' attitudes of Darwinism led to the mass slaughters of the 20'th Century as unfettered by religious constraint, but driven by quasi-religious fervour; rival Imperialist, Marxist, Fascist/Nazi, Nationalist and Capitalist factions mercilessly attempted to eradicate each other worldwide. Similarly the egalitarian socialism of Marx led not to the predicted 'Utopia' but to 'Red Terror' and the soulless tyrannies predicted by George Orwell.
Socially, the aetheistic, non-judgemental 'liberal' attitudes promoted by Freud have also failed to deliver as promised; creating obscene differences of weath and power in which tiny 'elites' exist alongside immense multitudes known as the 'underclass'; crime, drug abuse, abortion, family breakdown, mental illness and class/racial hatreds have all vastly increased. This fraught situation can only be compared to Ancient Rome's final years and then as now, many within a deeply troubled population turned to traditional and/or militant religion.
Today's aetheism versus faith, democracy versus totalitarianism, and egalitarianism versus meritocracy debates amongst others, are just symptoms of this far greater crisis; the failure of orthodox Western thought, and will not be decided by logic or science alone, but by the outcome of this greater crisis.
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