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October 11, 2012

Mugged by Ann Coulter

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 9:04 am
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Mugged:  Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama (New York:  Sentinel, 2012) is classic Coulter and well worth reading, though it could wait until after the election.  Coulter and Sentinel should have taken a few more days to copyedit the book and take care of all the sentence fragments before it was published.

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July 12, 2012

Underdogma by Michael Prell

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 10:39 am
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In Underdogma:  How America’s Enemies Use Our Love for the Underdog to Trash American Power (Dallas:  BenBella Books, 2011), Michael Prell defines underdogma as “the belief that those who have less power are virtuous and noble–because they have less power–and the belief that those who have more power are to be scorned–because they have more power” (11).

I think Prell’s theory provides at least a partial explanation for why America’s internal and external enemies hate America.

May 26, 2010

Summer Reading: Islam

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Sofie @ 10:31 am
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More books to read this summer:

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations
  • Andrew C. McCarthy, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America

August 29, 2009

How Can You Tell If Someone Is Liberal?

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 1:06 pm
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My 16-year-old nephew is jointly enrolled in high school and college classes, including U.S. history.  I warned him that he needs “to be particularly careful in a U.S. history class because a lot of faculty members are liberals and let their political bias influence their teaching.”

In reply (in a private message in Facebook), he asked me, “Do you know how to tell if they are liberal?”

I thought I’d answer him here and send him a link to this post.

Generally, you can tell that someone is liberal if he or she

  • believes that government is or has the solution to social problems (i.e., big government)
  • believes that a woman’s convenience is more important than the life of her unborn baby (i.e., abortion)
  • believes that you should not be able to own a gun
  • won’t have anything good to say about Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, or capitalism
  • won’t have anything bad to say about Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michael Moore, Jimmy Carter, any of the Kennedys, or communism
  • believes that the Constitution is a “living, breathing document,” which changes with the times
  • believes that religion has no place in schools or the “public square”
  • believes that the 9/11 attacks were our fault
  • supports higher taxes and more government spending
  • believes in evolution–except when applying “survival of the fittest” to businesses
  • supports unions
  • believes that humans are causing global warming and destroying the planet
  • believes that animals have rights
  • uses activist judges to get around bills and laws they don’t like
  • believes that the Founding Fathers were racists
  • believes that he or she knows better than you do how you should live your life
  • believes in special treatment for minorities (i.e., affirmative action)
  • believes that the end justifies the means
  • believes that the government can make better economic decisions than the market
  • engages in ad hominem attacks and emotional appeals instead of reasoned, logical arguments
  • believes that you exist for the benefit of society or the government rather than the other way around

Just because a person demonstrates one or a few of these characteristics on rare occasions doesn’t make him or her a liberal, but if he or she frequently demonstrates several of them, he or she is probably a liberal (i.e., socialist, communist, progressive, Marxist).

July 15, 2009

II4Cons: Progressivism

Books:

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Videos:

I’m also posting this information on the Information on Issues for Conservatives (II4Cons) wiki.  Please let me know if there are resources I should add by commenting on this post or sending me a message on Twitter.

May 22, 2009

My Summer Reading List

I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done this summer.  The following books are on my list:

My Books

  • Cleon Skousen, The 5000 Year Leap:  The 28 Great Ideas that Changed the World
  • Mark Levin, Liberty and Tyranny
  • F. A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
  • Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism:  The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
  • Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto, eds., American Progressivism:  A Reader
  • Ronald J. Pestritto, Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
  • Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man:  A New History of the Great Depression
  • Robert Gellately, Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler:  The Age of Social Catastrophe
  • Glenn Beck, An Inconvenient Book
  • Walter Williams, Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism
  • Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
  • Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Library Books

  • Thomas E. Woods, Jr., and Kevin R. C. Gutzman, Who Killed the Constitution?  The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush
  • Randy E. Barnett, Restoring the Lost Constitution:  The Presumption of Liberty
  • George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Animal Spirits:  How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
  • Andrew Klavan, The Last Thing I Remember

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