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How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: (and Found Inner Peace) Paperback – Bargain Price, November 6, 2001
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Contrary to another conservative stereotype, Stein manages to keep a sense of humor throughout the book, writing in a conversational, amused style. His quips and lists read more like naughty office e-mail than diatribes from an angry right-winger: No. 3 in the 12 Ways to Tell If You've Joined the Right-Wing Conspiracy: "You sit all the way through Dead Man Walking and at the end you STILL want the guy to be executed." Longtime conservatives and converts like Stein will find themselves nodding their heads in agreement. Others will simply get a good laugh. --Jodi Mailander Farrell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A graduate of Pomona College and Columbia's School of Journalism, over the course of his career Harry Stein has authored eleven books, both fiction and non-fiction; co-founded a magazine in Paris; and worked as a columnist for publications ranging from TV Guide to Esquire, where he created the Ethics column, among the most popular features in that magazine's long history. Since the publication in 2000 of his 'How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (and Found Inner Peace),' recounting his journey to conservatism from the precincts of the left, he has been known primarily for his writing on politics and popular culture. He is currently a contributing editor at City Journal.
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1. Honor: Why has this become meaningless? Why do so many liberals view a man that cheats on his wife as someone who is just, "trying to find himself?"
2. The Media: How did it become so biased toward the left? Insider, Harry Stein, will tell you.
3. "Blame the Victim": A phrase directed at conservatives by liberals. But in certain instances, such as sexual promiscuity leading to STD's, are all "victims" 100% innocent? What about personal responsibility?
4. Sexgate: The Clinton scandal. Initially most liberals were outraged. But soon the liberal press made statements such as, "it's just between Hillary and Bill," or "let's just censure the guy and move on," and even "everybody does it." Do we no longer expect our President to set moral standards?
5. Feminism: Who doesn't support equal opportunity, a level playing field, and equal pay for equal work? But did the pendulum swing too far?
6. Higher Education: What ever happened to our colleges and universities mission to preserve and defend the essential truths of the past while providing a safe haven for open debate? How can we have open debate when we must be politically correct? Why do we now have "speech codes" designed to mute talk deemed insensitive?
7. Minority Conservatives: Why are these people so viciously attacked?Read more ›
Harry Stein is my senior by almost a decade, but the ideological journey and cultural landmarks he chronicles look familiar to me. Stein is a writer and journalist with 6 books and credits at the New York Times, GQ, Esquire and TV Guide. He is currently an ethics columnist for the Wall Street Journal. His account of his journey is breezy, funny, well-researched, open and honest. It has the distinct advantage, in my view, of being simultaneously pleasurable, professional AND subversive in the cause of freedom. Hard to beat that combination.
Stein's journey from 60's radical student activist to 90's conservative begins with paternity and family life circa 1980 (there's that decade difference again) That's probably not a big surprise. But the Manhattan media and literary world and upper middle class Hastings-on-Hudson suburban neighborhood that Stein and his family inhabit might well be the most politically correct environment known in modern America, other than a university campus that is.Read more ›
If you reside on the Left side of any of the issues Stein skewers in "Right-Wing Conspiracy," you'll hate this book. You'll probably hate it if you're on the extreme Right as well. But, if like most people, you're in the middle of the road, trying to make sense of what has happened to America since the 1960s, then you'll probably get a kick out of it. It should make for some interesting discussion at your next party when a liberal confronts you on your political views.
I rate this at four stars because I think there are some parts that could have done with some judicious editing. Not on the content, but on some of the long-winded-ness of some of the chapters.
So, it's very interesting to see where Stein is at now, lo these many years later. Basically, the book relates the story of how over the years Stein has "evolved" (or "devolved" depending on one's point of view) from young sixties Movement radical to middle-aged neoconservative.
Needless to say, he's hardly breaking new ground here. However, for the most part Stein manages to avoid the crippling self-seriousness, anguished mea culpas, and grim score settling that has often dragged down other works which mine this particular vein (are you listening David Horowitz?).
Though there is much in the book that is serious, Stein's primary intent is to entertain and amuse, at his own expense as often as not. He usually succeeds (I say "usually" only because some of his targets are a little obvious - shooting fish in a barrel as it were).Read more ›
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I was gifted one of Stein's essays. He is as good as any voice out there. He gets his point across without engaging in foolishness. Rush and especially the blond do that too much. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Larry-Bob
I really enjoyed this, but only wish that American writers would show a little more awareness of politics/events outside the United States. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Harry Stein was brought up in a culture of liberal, progressive, multicultural acceptance that dared not question its total validity. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by James E. Nickelson
A must read for any conservative, or any liberal on the verge of realizing the truth about Liberalism. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Jerry Bowers
Harry Stein (born 1948) is an American author and columnist, and also wrote books such as No Matter What... Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Steven H Propp
I am British. I am 72. I have spent much of my life studying and being involved in British politics, even to the extent this year - 2010 - of standing as a candidate for election... Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Geoffrey Woollard
Big business has become unAmerican. It's thrown President Lincoln's leadership into the ground, discarded like a flag. What's going on? Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by Whamo
Harry Stein, 1970s party guy, marries, has kids and finds himself in... the middle of the road. He thinks he's conservative because his social circle consists mainly of Manhattan... Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by Joan Howe
There are thoughtful, rueful memoirs of sincere political change. This isn't one of them. Stein opens with a typically 70's, upper-class-journalist/boyo recitation of his... Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by Tina Trent