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I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican: A Survival Guide for Conservatives Marooned Among the Angry, Smug, and Terminally Self-Righteous Hardcover – June 22, 2009
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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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Through numerous first-hand examples (completely believable to me because I live in a very "blue" city), Harry Stein shows just what it's like to run up against the ideological biofilm of political correctness, or "progressive conformance" as I prefer to call it.
Stein writes with humour and seems to have a gift of calmly relating events that, if you pay attention as you read, you can tell caused him lot of emotional grief. As one who has tried to reason with people immersed in ideology myself (on a far smaller scale than Stein has) I know that it can be an experience as dumbfounding as it is disheartening.
The scary part of it all is that this book provides a first hand, up close and personal view of how so much of our society, particularly in the areas of information and history transmittal, have been taken over by people steeped in rage and self-righteousness brought on by their own voluntary enslavement to an ideology, and who have turned almost entire professions into education camps for the propagation of their worldview.
The totalitarian spirit is not only alive, but very well indeed, and growing like a virus in our republic. We may soon be mastered by those who cannot even seem to master themselves in the area of basic emotional control, much less in staying calm enough to entertain opposing points of view with an attitude toward civility and basic fairness.
I believe that this book is not funny. It is tragic. As tragic as what is going on in this country
Discussing politics with my friends in the local eateries deep in enemy territory in places like Westwood or the Peoples' Republic of Santa Monica, I find it endlessly amusing to see the faces of fellow diners at nearby tables as they hear the opinions being voiced at my table. Either they don't agree and are horrified, or they've been served some very bad sushi.
I'd never before heard of Stein, so I thought I'd give his missive a try. Unfortunately, I think the cover's actually the funniest part of the book.
He does have some amusing anecdotes, and examples - some very good ones, at that - of liberal intolerance of anything that doesn't fit the rigorous confines of "progressive" dogma (I wonder why they don't like calling themselves "liberal" anymore, hmmmm......?).
Unfortunately, I don't think he has quite the accomplished grasp of being funny as some others who write in the genre, such as his friend Bernie Goldberg, Burt Prelutsky, or Ann Coulter. Further, most of his stories are really New York-centric, so if you're not from the Big Apple you may find it pretty hard to identify with much that's written. In my experience, Noo Yawkahs have a very different sense of what's funny from the rest of the country.
Overall, not bad as humor; dead-on as political commentary.
I'm sure I'll now get slammed with "No" votes from liberals. Oh, well....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Harry Stein, in 1983, when he was 35, wrote a really helpful, insightful, mostly kind-hearted book called, "Ethics (and other liabilities). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Virginia
This book immediately made me think of Tom Wolfe's observations about the chattering intellectuals' arrogant put-downs of Red America he heard at Manhattan parties where no one... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MDLION
The author used both profanity and vulgarity at times, which were not necessary to prove his point. I read a few pages and trash-canned the book.Published 13 months ago by D. Montgomery
A light read, but filled with amusing (and head-exploding) anecdotes that demonstrate how progressive authoritarians dominate the institutions of lower and higher education,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard D. Provost
This book trades substance for funny fluff, which is great for those wanting a break from more weighty fare. Read morePublished 23 months ago by DSB
Being from Chicago (city, not 'burbs), I can strongly relate to this book. Though I thought it would offer up advice on how to combat the situation, if was still very enjoyable &... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer