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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside Books (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061873802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061873805
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Dunn, a novelist and military encyclopedist, indicts liberals for interventionist big-government policies that have sparked "mass negligent homicide." He finds fault with fuel-efficiency standards that promote unsafe small cars, environmental regulations protecting mountain lions, and the phase-out of ozone-depleting chloro-fluorocarbons. The author makes a cogent case against several misguided government policies, from destructive urban renewal schemes to asbestos-abatement hysteria, but inflates the particulars into an attack on liberal "rationalism," the desire to use reason to solve human problems and a refusal to acknowledge that "this is not a universe governed by logic." Insufficient citations and such claims as "no one goes without care" in the U.S." sap the book's authority and might well prevent Dunn's own "well-meaning" arguments from finding wider credence. (Jan.)
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Despite humane principles aimed at advancing rights and providing for basic human needs, liberalism has actually harmed more than helped the helpless and needy, argues Dunn, a commentator for the center-right website American Thinker. Dunn highlights the history of liberal impulses back to the Founding Fathers and earlier, and he pinpoints when modern liberalism went astray, taking on ever more social issues and developing government policies to cure them. In the U.S., liberalism went wrong with the New Deal, when it transformed itself from principles to ideology. According to Dunn, liberal policies have led to rising crime, increased abortion, and other social ills that have triggered unintended consequences and led to the deaths and suffering of thousands. To construct cautionary examples of government overreaching to improve general welfare, Dunn draws parallels with benign government policies gone wrong in Nazi Germany, the USSR, the People’s Republic of China, and other nations not generally considered to have much in common with the U.S. While Dunn’s claims are a bit outrageous—for virtually any political ideology will lead to unintended harm—his perspective is interesting. --Vanessa Bush

More About the Author

J.R. Dunn is a novelist, editor, and political commentator active both in print and online. His three novels include This Side of Judgment (1994), Days of Cain (1997) widely hailed as one of the most powerful novels to deal with the Holocaust, and Full Tide of Night (1998). He served as associate editor of The International Military Encyclopedia (1992 -- ), which has been on "hiatus" since his departure. Since 2005, he has contributed to the American Thinker, a leading political website, writing on military affairs, contemporary politics, conservative political theory, and liberal scandals and misbehavior. His columns have been reprinted, linked to, and discussed in publications as varied as The New York Times, USA Today, the Daily Telegraph, and Investor's Business Daily. He will edit the upcoming Military Thinker, the latest addition to the AT family.

Death by Liberalism is his first full-length political study, dealing with an appalling yet little-recognized truth: liberalism kills. Programs such as criminal justice reform, automobile fuel standards, deinstitionalization of the mentally ill, and federalization of child protection have delivered not the golden, utopian results originally promised, but failure upon failure, at times at the cost of tens of thousands of lives. As many as a half-million American citizens have been killed in the past half-century by liberal good intentions. "Death by Liberalism is a frank attempt", says Dunn, "to tear the mask of moral superiority from American liberalism to reveal how monstrous it truly is."

Customer Reviews

It is easy to read, and provokes thought.
Hugh Murray
It reminded me of a great many things which I had somehow forgotten, and I really appreciated the concluding chapter.
Marvin D. Pipher
I'm about to buy myself a copy to keep on the bookshelf and let my family members read.
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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Kent Gordon on January 20, 2011
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From the New Deal, to misguided criminal justice policy to failed environmental programs there is no end to examples of the failure of liberal policy prescriptions. Dunn does a good job of collecting many of the major failures with a full history of what was done and what the (bad) outcome was. He is a competent writer and analyst who stays within the bounds of fact backed by copious references. Where he really excels is in connecting all the dots within each story. The 80% non-liberal part of the population already has some sense of these failures, but this book really helps the reader appreciate the vast scope of the issue. Sunshine is the best disinfectant as the old saying goes. There is plenty of Sunshine here that will help destroy the liberal conceit of moral superiority. That is Dunn's greatest contribution. He and many other fine writers at AmericanThinker.com carry on the same work every day. I am grateful for the fine job they do.

My only real criticism is the ending in chapter 10. He should have just summed up and said what he thinks needs to happen succinctly. Instead he offered an uncharacteristically muddled discussion of solutions. The mediocracy of his thinking somewhat distracts from an otherwise excellent book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2011
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JR Dunn does a masterful job on the reality of the world we live in versus the mythical Lost Horizon Shangri-La world of idealist! Specifically, liberal minded elitist intellectuals and power hungry politicians/leaders. The reality of controlling people to equalize all in everything without actually earning it in mind boggling.
History tells the tale - all we have to do is read!
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Price Jr. on April 1, 2011
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It is about time someone had the courage to say it. Liberalism kills. J.R. Dunn does an outstanding job of offering a number of simple examples of how liberal do-goods have failed to consider the consequences their actions. One of his best is the case of DDT. Rachel Carson NEVER recommended banning DDT. She simply advocated using it in small amounts. But, of course, that didn't stop the knee-jerks in Washington and so the incidents of malaria went through the roof. Dunn reminds us that putting up a sign saying "no guns allowed" only directs the criminals to where victims are the most vulnerable. Liberals claim to be so "people oriented" and compassionate but they are the first to promote abortion (and state-funded abortion at that), the first to defend criminals and the first to use aggression. This is a short, easy, entertaining read that every American should investigate.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marvin D. Pipher on October 6, 2011
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It's clear to most unbiased observers that, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, Liberal-Progressive policies have been an abject failure. But, when most people think of these failures they think of such things as our loss of freedom; judicial activism; the fabricated "wall separating church and state"; the devastating impacts of the welfare state (LBJ's "Great Society"); LBJ's failed "War on Poverty"; the destruction of America's monetary system; the "dumbing down" of America's children; Al Gore's man-made global warming hoax; environmentalist policies bankrupting the United States; over-regulation making America unfriendly to business and exporting jobs; and the lunacy of political correctness. These are all legitimate concerns, of course, but what's lost in the shuffle is that these policies are not only destroying America, they are also costing, and have cost the world, untold lives. This book's author addresses these and many other evils caused by political liberalism, but his focus is on the resulting loss of life.

This is an unusual way of approaching the subject and leads the reader in many unexpected directions, but the conclusions are obvious: Political liberalism has killed and continues to kill. It does it in small ways, as with the so-called CAFÉ standards which necessitated smaller, lighter, and flimsier cars, leading to a marked increase in highway deaths; it does it by fostering abortion on demand, which has extinguished forty-five million potential lives in America over the past forty years; and it did it exceedingly well by banning DDT --- against all scientific evidence --- resulting in an estimated 500 million deaths worldwide.
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The most readable indictment of Liberal policies I have read in a long time. It deals primarily with the mortality of the policies, but displays many more of their failings as well, which are all very clearly presented. For the "classic democrats," it is perhaps the warning bell that "their" party has been taken over by extremists with genocidal tendencies, using the same methods as the great killers of the twentieth century used, but couched in palatable, even desirable, language and apparent intent. This should be the wake-up call for Democrats to create their own "tea-party" to topple the 'progressives' that have taken over the party of JFK.
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By Salvador Jimenez on November 20, 2013
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J. R. Dunn's writing is to the point. The book is presented in an easy to follow format tying the failed liberal programs to their horrible outcomes.
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