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5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense is back in fashion..., 16 Nov 2008
This review is from: The Fallout: How a Guilty Liberal Lost His Innocence (Hardcover)
In this book, part autobiography, part polemic, Andrew Anthony examines how it is that the left finds itself allied with forces of oppression and against democracy. He uses his own journey from leftism to liberalism in order to relate to the issue. Anthony states that he is still a liberal yet, as someone that considers themselves conservative, I agree with nearly every word. Does this make me a closet liberal or him a closet conservative?
My only nagging doubt was this. For years conservative commentators and politicians have been elbowed out of various debates (Europe, immigration, welfareism, multiculturalism) by those on the left who would merely add a pejorative suffix to their opponents position (-ist,-ism,-phobia) in order to close down the debate. Indeed, try to get a Conservative politician to express an opinion on these subjects and there will be a deafening silence. So where were the liberals when this assault on free speech was taking place?
It is only now, with liberals finding themselves to the right of leftists who are triyng to silence them, do the liberals speak out. 'Then they came for me'
That doubt aside, this is an excellent read for those who would like to see a dose of common sense back in public and politcal life.
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