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Members of the liberal/left exude an air of moral certitude. They pride themselves on being committed and selfless and seem particularly confident of the purity of their motives and the evil nature of their opponents. To correct economic and social injustice, liberals support a whole litany of policies and principles: progressive taxes, affirmative action, greater regulation of corporations, raising the inheritance tax, strict environmental regulations, children's rights, consumer rights, and more. But do they actually live by these beliefs? Peter Schweizer decided to investigate in depth the private lives of prominent liberals. What he found was a long list of contradictions.
Schweizer's conclusion is simple: liberalism in the end forces its adherents to become hypocrites. They adopt one pose in public, but when it comes to what matters most in their own lives, they jettison their liberal principles and adopt conservative ones. Schweizer's book thus exposes the contradiction at the core of liberalism: If these ideas don't work for the very individuals who promote them, how can they work for the country?
©2005 Peter Schweizer (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
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"An entertaining exposure of the hypocrisy among some prominent liberals....Schweizer reveals that the most vocal liberals do not practice what they preach." (The Weekly Standard)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Celia on 03-17-09

WOW!

Really interesting to hear because more than half of the people profiled are not the most well known cases. Kind of horrifying, as well, as these people are held high as role models by many because of what they say (and not because of what they do...).

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4 out of 5 stars
By K on 03-11-08

An Eye Opener

This is a very enlightening book. It's very telling in regards to how politics can be such a game and how either side can really be controlled by the people with the most money and power rather than what is right and what is wrong. It also shows you how negative things that are often applicable to one party can be twisted by people in their attempts to apply them to another, which tells me that they are aware of their own guilt because they are so busy trying to direct it elsewhere rather than taking responsibility. I never liked Barbara Streisand, and I now have more reason not to like her and many other Hollywood stars who use their power and money to influence politicians and people rather than letting them decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. And I suppose it says something about the politicians and people who are persuaded to vote one way or another based on the opinions of any famous person rather than their own study of the facts.

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