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Dismantling America: and other controversial essays (edition 2010)

by Thomas Sowell

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Title:Dismantling America: and other controversial essays
Authors:Thomas Sowell
Info:Basic Books (2010), Hardcover, 352 pages
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Another anthology of Thomas Sowell's syndicated column's hits the spot, incites thought, and skewers the feel-good left of good intentions. Categorized into a few different themes, over 100 essays span topics from education, gay marriage, the Supreme Court and societal ills.

Comprised of columns normally spread out over time, there are times where some references are repeated to make a point. These repetitious remarks by no means detract from this book in any meaningful way, they simply become noticeable.

Professor Sowell's whole distaste for left revolves around "fairness." Yes, fair protections under the law are equal protections, but one notion he stresses is that to achieve fair and equitable outcomes, the left pushes for laws and regulations which are unfair, as to give advantage to the unfairly treated. The book, if needed, could be nicely understood by reading the quartet of essays entitled The Fallacy of "Fairness". For instance in the second of the four-part installment, he explains the Berkley (CA) school system pondered the idea of "eliminating four jobs... and use the money saved for programs to help low achievers." Now in this day-and-age when global test and competency scores pit American children against foreign students, math and science always show poorly for our children. Which discipline were these four teachers represent whom would lose their jobs? Science. So by depleting resource for a subject already faltering in global statistics, the school system wants to take more risk and make their results worse? All in the name of fairness!

Obviously I share Mr. Sowell's political philosophy, but even if you find yourself opposed to the right, this book will be at the very least thought provoking. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0465022510, Hardcover)

These wide-ranging essays—on many individual political, economic, cultural and legal issues—have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries. This decline has been more than an erosion. It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must over-ride both the traditions of the country and the will of the people.

Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society.

This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people determined that this country's values, history, laws, traditions and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed. Such people will not stop dismantling America unless they get stopped—and the next election may be the last time to stop them, before they take the country beyond the point of no return.

 

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"These wide-ranging essays--on many individual political, economic, cultural and legal issues--have as a recurring underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries...Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society..."--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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