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One of my favorite quotes from the book is: “Like a hydra-headed monster, socialism and collectivism come in various guises, which we can refer to under the broad category of Statism. Apparently it doesn’t matter how many times we chop off a head, new ones keep growing.”
The chapter “Why Liberty Requires Reason” is outstanding. The Left often wants to claim they are the torch bearers of reason and science, but in reality Socialism is part of the anti-enlightenment reactionary movement in philosophy, which is anti-reason and anti-science. Social conservatives like to push the idea that Socialism is pro-reason and pro-science also, so they can then argue freedom is based on faith. Liberty was and is founded on reason applied to the nature of man’s existence as demonstrated by the numerous quotes by the Founding Fathers, Locke, Rand, and others.
BUY Thomas Malone’s, A Defense of American Ideals, it is an infinitely better defense of liberty than the books by Mark Levin, Judge Napolitano, etc.
Dale B. Halling, Author Pendulum of Justice and The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur.
Thought provoking and not timid. Should be required reading
for all citizens. More reason to stand up for a lost generation .
Unfortunately after Chapter 2, the book devolves into a rant. It takes on the tone of a ranting low-brow political talk show host. Much of what it says is true, but the talk show tone is tiresome. Reading it in book format is even more annoying than hearing political ranting on the radio. There's not much discussion in the book about why the points are true, except for shooting down a few straw men. Occasionally it goes a little deeper. It's mostly about the author's amazement that not everyone agrees with him. On most points I agree with him, but I know it's not as simple as everyone who disagrees with being us either a fool or evil. Even if it were that simple, it doesn't make for interesting reading.
Despite the emphasis on reason and rationality, most chapters mention something about the author's denial of climate change. It does not explain why. It almost seems like he never even considered science. Of course science is always open to new evidence, and we all hope we find new evidence showing climate change won't be as costly as we thought. As of the time of the writing, though, this is a radical claim that you can't just mention casually without explanation. Toward the end of the book where the points are summarized, it almost says flat out we shouldn't rely on science to make policy decisions.
There are definite good points to this book, but it's kind of like being with one of those people are reasonably smart but given to ranting. You can have a reasonable conversation with them, but before long he goes off the rails: "[some politician] is intent on destroying modern civilization!!" They hear politicians and commentators say they're in an epic battle of good vs. evil, and they buy it.