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Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense.
The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people. With countless examples grabbed from the headlines, Gutfeld provides readers with the enormous tally of what pisses us all off. For example:
The double standard: You can make fun of Christians, but God forbid Muslims. It's okay to call a woman any name imaginable, as long as she's a Republican. And no problem if you're a bigot, as long as you're politically correct about it.
The demonizing of the Tea Party and romanticizing of the Occupy Wall Streeters.
The media who are always offended (see MSNBC lineup)
How critics of Obamacare or illegal immigration are somehow immediately labeled racists.
The endless debate over the Ground Zero Mosque (which Gutfeld planned to open a Muslim gay bar next to).
As well as pretentious music criticism, slow-moving ceiling fans, and snotty restaurant hostesses.
Funny and sarcastic to the point of being mean (but in a nice way), The Joy of Hate points out the true jerks in this society and tells them all off.
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By StreetDoc on 12-09-12
Without the usual tactic of resorting to personal attacks, it would be nearly impossible to find fault with ANY of the points Gutfeld makes in this book. Gutfeld chose to illustrate each point with examples that actually happened, rather than conjecture or opinion. When taken point-by-point, every topic is fully explored and explained... and most importantly, proven. The humor or Greg Gutfeld may well be an acquired taste, but it makes what might be described as a "partisan" perspective much more palatable.
Greg Gutfeld is a polarizing figure in today's media. If you were to only look at his resume', you might he was a typical American liberal. UC-Berkeley, Huffington Post, etc. Perhaps this is what gives his political perspective credibility. His history allows him to describe the 'political left' from the view of someone who spent a long time on the inside. He is able to paint a vivid picture of what the modern liberal community is like... because he's been there. This book is filled with criticism of how our world operates and labels people. And it shows with clear and vivid examples, how unfair and intolerant the modern world has become. Tolerance enforced with an unshakable intolerance. A true 'Joy of Hate'.
I challenge anyone who describes themselves as a liberal to give this book an honest objective read. If you will allow yourself to consider the points Gutfeld makes here, I think you might possibly re-think how you describe yourself. It's one thing to take a position out of necessity or popular pressure. It's another altogether to take a position out of honest thought. For this single purpose, I cannot recommend this book higher. We are in a critical time in America, and I don't think there could be a better documentation of why we are as polarized as we are. For all of our sakes, please give it a chance.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Chris on 02-01-13
Very Bold and Sharp. Fresh thoughts, no nonsense
What made the experience of listening to The Joy of Hate the most enjoyable?
I really enjoyed the quick wit, and the metaphors used to convey this enough is enough message.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I love the way Greg abandons the PC excess in favor of common sense. Case in point, his take on the Mosque to be in NYC. The ideas of a gay bar next door really put things into perspective and effectively shut the mouths of the so called tolerant.
Did Steve Kramer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Not especially, I much prefer that the Author read his own work. I think Greg would have done a much better job relaying the spirit of the message. Also the narrator mispronounced some words and some people's names, not very impressive.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
Gutfeld's use of metaphors to convey the logical absurdities in this over PC'd world.
Any additional comments?
I cannot wait for the next one.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful