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The Ten Things You Can't Say In America

by Larry Elder

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I loved this book. Some of the things in here, you really do not feel free to say in polite company, though I'm sure everyone knows/thinks them.

The chapter on illegitimacy is very poignant. As anyone who works in a poor school district can tell you, the lack of good male role models is a HORRIBLE problem in impoverished areas. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 5, 2012 |
Reality check from a black writer. Unfortunately, the same list is still current in 2008. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 7, 2009 |
United States > Social conditions > 1980-/United States > Social policy > 1993-/Political correctness > United States/Social problems > United States
  Budzul | May 31, 2008 |
Larry Elder's first book details the major issues he discusses in his articles and on his show. While his outlook is interesting, he has a tendency to oversimplify. For instance, he really feels that white racism towards black people is basically a minor issue; except for issues of condescension. I think that's true to a degree, but Elder sees policy issues as condescension. In other words, if you are in favor of affirmative action and against "welfare to work" programs, that means you don't think black people are equal to everyone else. Elder ignores real institutional racism in this analysis.

That said, the book is fairly fact based and less inflammatory than many political books written nowadays. It's interesting to see how Elder's version of libertarianism is expressed. ( )
  benfergy | Sep 29, 2007 |
Written by an unabashed Libertarian, this book talks about things that it's not politically correct to say (at least in public). I'll list each one.

Blacks Are More Racist than Whites - The subtlties of black racism. Very interesting. Also statistics to back it up.

The Media Bias -- It's Real, It's Widespread, It's Destructive - I read the first part of this one. He shows how the media doesn't intentionally exhibit biased reporting. It's just the way reporters and journalists interact and exchange information. Also, how certain ideologies are taken for granted as factual.

There Is No Health Care "Crisis" - Another fascinating look into the medical industry. Why we don't have enough doctors, why they see themselves as above other businesses, and why the medical profession along with the Government has kept it that way.
Republicans Versus Democrats -- Maybe a Dime's Worth of Difference - It made me think. Granted he's a Libertarian, so a lot of his criticism was geared toward an extreme way of fixing the country's political problems. But he raised some good points. I'll read this chapter more thoroughly when I buy the book.

Gun Control Advocates -- Good Guys with Blood on Their Hands - Quotes "More Guns, Less Crime" a lot. This was an abbreviated version of that book. Still, it was good.

These chapters I didn't read. I'll read them (and the previous ones again) after I buy the book.
The War Against Drugs Is Vietnam II: We're Losing This One, Too
White Condescension Is as Bad as Black Racism
The Glass Ceiling -- Full of Holes
America's Greatest Problem: Not Crime, Racism, or Bad Schools -- It's Illegitimacy
America's Welfare State: The Tyranny of the Status Quo ( )
  kkirkhoff | Jul 20, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312284659, Paperback)

When Larry Elder talks, sparks fly, and he likes it that way. Fans of the radio talk-show host from Los Angeles, who call themselves Elderados, have dubbed him "the sage from South Central." His critics--and there are many--use names that range from Oreo to the Antichrist. What's it all about? Elder, a libertarian, lays down his controversial views in his first book, which attacks the politically correct, black leaders, feminists, gun-control advocates, and other "so-called liberals." Some of the 10 things you can't say in America include "Blacks are more racist than whites," "There's only a dime's worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats," "The media bias is real, widespread and destructive," and "America's greatest problem is illegitimacy." Elder aims to change the way blacks look at their future, demanding that they take responsibility for their lives, stop blaming all their problems on racism, and pay attention to the progress they've made. While there may be some truth in what he says and even some good news (for instance, the self-esteem of black children is equal to or better than that of whites), this isn't exactly a pep talk. Not surprisingly, his all-out attack on black leaders (whom he calls nutcases and hysterical) and white liberals has engendered a fair amount of hostility. With this kind of dialogue, it's hard to believe Elder's going to win too many converts. But for those who appreciate his views, or are curious about them, this book is a provocative and lively ride into the mind of one of the nation's most outspoken black libertarians. --Lesley Reed

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Offers insights on the too-often-undiscussed truths of life in contemporary America, probing such subjects as the differences between Democrats and Republicans, the health care crisis, and racism.

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