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The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values Hardcover – April 22, 2003

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Self-proclaimed lesbian pro-choice feminist Bruce, ex-president of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW and author of The New Thought Police, blames the decline of civilization on other lesbian pro-choice feminists in this lurid right-wing screed. Bruce argues that multiculturalism, identity politics and "relativism" have turned American society into a "moral vacuum" incapable of distinguishing right from wrong, a reflection of the "malignant narcissism" of an all-powerful "Left Elite." With an apostate's zeal, she pillories the Feminist Elite's hatred of men, marriage and motherhood, the Black Elite's championing of violent rap, the Gay Elite's "grab for children" by insinuating let-it-all-hang-out sex-ed programs into schools, the Academic Elite's nihilism and anti-Americanism, and the Entertainment Elite's "moral depravity beyond measure." Bruce revels in trashing radical excess (performance artists are a favorite) and does point out, crudely, some of the contradictory currents of left ideology. But her own critique lacks coherence. She lumps together such disparate figures as Bill Clinton, Mumia Abu-Jamal and the "moral terrorist" Ozzy Osbourne as emblems of a monolithic Left. She decries academics' rejection of all moral values, but when they do express a moral judgment-by condemning America's "ethnic cleansing" of Indians, or the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans-they are guilty of "morally killing" America's "heroes." She complains of being "demonized" by leftists, then describes said leftists as a "diseased seed" who "hate themselves and hate this country." "I now realize that conservatives who disagree with me also have good points," she avers. Too bad she won't extend that courtesy to her opponents on the left.
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Rush Limbaugh would call Bruce a liberal who got mugged by reality, but she didn't become a conservative. The former L.A. chapter president of NOW is still a lesbian feminist liberal, but she has seen the truth about the Left Elite (her term)--that is, the powers that be in feminism, gay rights, civil rights, and sex education as well as throughout the judiciary, the entertainment media, and American university faculties. The Left Elite enrages Bruce because, not content with achieving equal rights, it wants to stand morality on its head. It is as if these people belonged to a "church of malignant narcissism," the guiding principle of which is self-validation at all costs (really never having to say you're sorry). Anti-Christian apologists for self-gratification, they push the sexual objectification of children (e.g., euphemizing pedophilia as "child-adult sex"), idolize convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal--and that's just for starters! Bruce presents the evidence of cultural warfare pretty comprehensively and makes her take on it feisty, riveting reading. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles; 1 edition (April 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761516638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761516637
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It would be very easy to lump this book in with the ever-growing pile of "ain't the Left awful" or the "Let's dump on the Clintons" books. This book is neither, and if the phenomenon of Malignant Narcissism that Ms. Bruce describes didn't hit so close to home, I would think this book was overly alarmist and sensational. The fact is, I KNOW these people exist, and not just in Hollywood and Manhattan. These people are in our schools, churches and even in our families.
The book opens with a review of how Ms. Bruce defines right and wrong - a useful exercise in an era of situational ethics and moral relativism. Her definition is made clearer since she is an athiest, and does not have to address religious moral principles. Then she describes her past, including her fight for gay and lesbian rights, her pro-choice stance, and her former role in NOW.
She then describes how these causes have been hijacked by extremists that she refers to as the Malignant Narcissists. She details how they become the way they are and how their ultimate goal is to produce a world full of similar-minded people. This is not "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"...this threat is REAL. These people exist and I can assure you that I have encountered them in undergraduate and graduate school, in my professional life, in my religious life, and sadly, in my social life.
Ms. Bruce then closes with a very sad story about the twisted motives of some very pathetic people. The only thing I found uplifting is that there are still people whose politics are very different than mine that I can admire. Ms. Bruce showed true courage writing this book, and has demonstrated her willingness to face ethical issues head on, and not shrink from the consequences of her prior actions. Ms.
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Format: Hardcover
Wow--I heard Tammy Bruce on Sean Hannity's radio show and clicked on Amazon to get the book and read what I now know to be one of the strangest Publisher's Weekly reviews I've ever seen. She seemed like such a reasonable person on radio, I couldn't imagine how her book could be as they described.
Well, it wasn't. The subject matter is difficult sometimes--especially Chapter 7 which deals with the sexualization of children in our society--but this is a book which *must* be read if you want to be educated about what is really going on in our culture. She breaks it down like she did in New Thought Police--and deals with the gay elite, feminist elite and black power elite. There are also chapters about schools and media. In short, everything you need to know to get a grip on what's happening. My favorite new phrase, btw, is her so perfect description of those in power in left wing special interest groups "malignant narcissists."
What was also unique was the personal perspectives and stories she shared. They really added to why she was able to be a feminist and gay activist for so long.
Her ending about Ronald Reagan (even though I didn't vote for him) actually made me cry. That's quite a feat for a political book!
Untimately, she does a great job explaining the question I always ask, which is *why* does the Left do what it does, even when it harms their own.
It is methodically written (not in the least "lurid" or "crude" as the PW review oddly accused), she is reasonable and provides footnotes for all of her information, many of which are from credible sources on the internet. I liked this because I was able to go and check myself some of the more shocking information.
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In this informative and disturbing book, Tammy Bruce starts out with a traumatic episode from her youth to describe her personal and political journey. It is an honest account of the people and events that shaped her beliefs and convictions. At the same time it reveals some horrific aspects of popular culture, politics and the media as they operate today.

Bruce exposes the rank hypocrisy, soul-destroying motives and malevolent mind-set of the Left in chapters dealing with the Academic, Black, Gay and Feminist Elites, plus some destructive tendencies in the arts, the media and the justice system in the United States today. Some of her examples make harrowing reading, whilst her insight is often tinged by a bit of humour, for example when she identifies the gangster rapper as the current equivalent of Rousseau's "noble savage" in the eyes of the Left.

Bruce's diagnosis rings true. She discusses the mental disease called malignant narcissism and explains how it is rooted in trauma that never attempts recovery. These individuals, instead of seeking psychological help, are focusing on social change. In other words, they want the rest of society to mirror their own hurt and pain.

She makes a very convincing case for the fact that an entire wing of politics is invested in the victim-hood of its constituency, the leaders of which are trying to work out their demons on society. This is scary stuff, but easy to recognize from the examples in the book or by taking a critical and discerning approach towards trends in the media.

To be fair, Bruce points out that there are similar people on the Right (puritanical compulsives), but that these do not control the culture.
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