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I bought the physical copy a few months back, but only made it thru the first few chapters. Decided to download the audiobook to power through it and wow. This is easily the most important book of our generation. Exposes the left for what they are. Fascists and useful idiots.
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I am no lover of Donald Trump but at the same time I am deeply suspicious of the political correctness and bullying tactics of the American left. This book clarified for me why Democrats have been so tolerant of Obama’s drone missile attacks on other races and Hilary’s support for invasions of other countries but so intolerant of other people’s right to free speech. It explains why progressives appear to use the same fascist tactics that they claim to hate.
Superbly researched, written and read.
This book turns the weaponised pejoratives, Fascist and Nazi, back on those who habitually use them.
It provides a detailed overview of the ideologies behind the communist, socialist and fascist movements of the last century.
Dinesh explores distinctions between them and the contemporary manifestations of these belief systems.
I found the comparisons between concentration camps and the slave plantations daring. It occured to me that the workhouses were a kind of precursor. However, the author failed to link the huge prison population in the US, due to the phony "war on drugs" and mandatory minimum sentencing that Reagan ushered in. With almost 1% of the US population incarcerated and millions working for a few cents an hour, this is a modern version of slavery on a scale only comparable to the prison population of China.
While discussing Woodrow Wilson and the progressives, D'Souza neglected to mention the Technocratic movement that had popular, intellectual support around that era.
He also failed to point out how Smedley Butler averted a fascist coup in the US that was being instigated by Prescott Bush, a republican.
My problem with this book is its polemic, two party, good against bad, false dichotomy. This is far too simplistic. Gary Allen’s explanation of the left, right delusion in 'None Dare Call It Conspiracy', is far more liberating.
Although the author does list the tenets of small, decentralised government, that facilitates genuine diveversity, he appears to be disdainful of Hitler's distinction between parasitic capitalism and free market, production. The Soros type, are a very different breed of capitalist to the Henry Ford type.
Having said that; given the constraints of the existing political system, conservatives rallying behind Trump may be the best chance The USA has of avoiding a truly fascist coup.
But I remain concerned that such books serve to widen the political rift and risk civil war. Honest conversation may encourage well meaning democratic voters to question their allegiance. This book however, is probably too much of a partisan, republican club, to be much use in winning over conscientious people.
Disagreeable Dave. March 2018.
This is an important book for people to read regardless of their political leanings. Like previous books by D'Souza, there are hits and misses, but where he hits he hits hard. I feel the misses are an inevitable side effect of the writer's thinking style: his strengths are that he sees links between things that are usually not noticed by others, and that he has the tough-mindedness to spell out these logical trains of thought in an articulate and dramatic way. The result is often productive creativity, but when he misses it is by a mile. The biggest miss here I think in this the link drawn between abortion and Nazi science, which I think even charitable readers from the centre or left will find unconvincing at best. Such aspects can be distracting from the more important themes. The biggest hit of the book, in my opinion, is that the essential characteristics of National Socialism and fascism are actually the same as those found in communist/socialist ideology more generally. This point is made well and buttressed by a detailed discussion of these movements intellectual histories and helps highlight the essentially fascistic tactics used/endorsed by the likes of antifa and much of the ideological intelligentsia.
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it was a bit academic in parts but he does a good job with lots of stories and quotes from history backing his thesis and it's nothing short of mind blowing. Recommended