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Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? (An Uncle Eric Book) [Paperback]

Richard J. Maybury , Jane A. Williams
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November 1, 2004 0942617541 978-0942617542 2nd
"Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?" discusses political labels. What do they mean? Liberal, conservative, left, right, democrat, republican, moderate, socialist, libertarian, communist what are their economic policies and what plans do their promoters have for your money? Clear, concise explanations. Facts and fallacies. Does inconsistency to the original American philosophy endanger liberty?

To improve the student's learning experience, also purchase the student study guide for "Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?" titled "A Bluestocking Guide: Political Philosophies" also available through Amazon.

Can be used for courses in Government, Civics, Election Unit Studies, Economics, Business, Finance, History.

Also recommended for further reading is the chapter on "Isms" from the book "Capitalism for Kids" also available through Amazon.

Table of Contents for Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?

Uncle Eric's Model of How the World Works
Author's Disclosure
1. Don't Be Embarrassed
2. The Original American Philosophy
3. The Opposite of the Original American Philosophy
4. Basic Political Spectrum
5. The Nature of Political Power
6. The Two Categories of Encroachment
7. The Middle Ground
8. Freedom vs. Liberty
9. Exceptions
10. Military and Foreign Policy
11. Democrats and Republicans
12. Socialism and Communism
13. Fascism
14. What Are They Really?
15. The Other Middle View
16. The National Religion
17. A U.S.-Nazi Alliance or a U.S.-Soviet Alliance?
18. Economic Counterparts
19. Effects on Your Money
20. Three Types of Wrongdoing
21. Muddied Waters
22. Who Gets the Children?
23. The Return of Racism
24. The First American Philosophies
25. Summary
26. Encroachment, Big and Small
Bibliography
Book Suppliers
Glossary
About Richard J. Maybury
Index

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Gr 9 Up-Writing as ``Uncle Eric'' and structuring his book as a collection of explicatory letters to his nephew, Maybury tries to redefine the notion of political labels, replacing the left-right spectrum with a more inclusive scheme incorporating a scale of one's belief in the relative benefits of government. He wants to reinstate his idea of the original American philosophy, which he calls juris naturalis, or natural law. He denies that objectivity is possible in discussing political subjects, defines political power as the ability to use brute force to enforce rules, and elevates the protection of property to a religious principle. To his credit, he allows that liberals and conservatives may agree in some areas. His chapter on fascism is particularly interesting, but most interesting of all is his comparisons of juris naturalists to moderates; they both combine elements of left and right, but the former want economic and social liberty, while the latter want economic and social encroachment (taxes, rules, etc.). All of this theory is fascinating, but Maybury's system breaks down whenever he gets specific or tries to use historical examples. And he refuses to make any exceptions for his extreme views, leading to all sorts of bizarre conclusions. Frances Moore Lappe's Rediscovering America's Values (Ballantine, 1991) and E.J. Dionne's Why Americans Hate Politics (S.&S., 1992) address these issues in a more balanced manner, while Milton Meltzer's American Politics (Morrow, 1989) provides a more mainstream view.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds,

Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"'Are You Liberal, Conservative, or Confused?' is an outstanding primer for political studies. Parents and children will have much food for thought in this easy-to-read volume that covers much more than just terms. Short chapters allow the student to learn the material a little at a time." --Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com

"'Are You Liberal, Conservative, or Confused?' is an outstanding primer for political studies. Parents and children will have much food for thought in this easy-to-read volume that covers much more than just terms. Short chapters allow the student to learn the material a little at a time." --Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com

"Like our previous Maybury favorites ("Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" and "Whatever Happened to Justice?") in 'Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?' Uncle Eric leaps to the rescue firing off 26 thoroughly fascinating letters on political philosophies, past, present, and future. The book is recommended for readers aged 14 and up, but I'd crank it down a few years Uncle Eric is clear as a bell." --Becky Rupp, Good Stuff, Home Education Magazine

"Like our previous Maybury favorites ("Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" and "Whatever Happened to Justice?") in 'Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?' Uncle Eric leaps to the rescue firing off 26 thoroughly fascinating letters on political philosophies, past, present, and future. The book is recommended for readers aged 14 and up, but I'd crank it down a few years Uncle Eric is clear as a bell." --Becky Rupp, Good Stuff, Home Education Magazine

"Like our previous Maybury favorites ("Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" and "Whatever Happened to Justice?") in 'Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?' Uncle Eric leaps to the rescue firing off 26 thoroughly fascinating letters on political philosophies, past, present, and future. The book is recommended for readers aged 14 and up, but I'd crank it down a few years Uncle Eric is clear as a bell." --Becky Rupp, Good Stuff, Home Education Magazine

"'Are You Liberal, Conservative, or Confused?' is an outstanding primer for political studies. Parents and children will have much food for thought in this easy-to-read volume that covers much more than just terms. Short chapters allow the student to learn the material a little at a time." --Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com<br /><br />"Like our previous Maybury favorites ("Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" and "Whatever Happened to Justice?") in 'Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?' Uncle Eric leaps to the rescue firing off 26 thoroughly fascinating letters on political philosophies, past, present, and future. The book is recommended for readers aged 14 and up, but I'd crank it down a few years Uncle Eric is clear as a bell." --Becky Rupp, Good Stuff, Home Education Magazine

Product Details

  • Series: An Uncle Eric Book
  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Bluestocking Pr; 2nd edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942617541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942617542
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Maybury, also known as Uncle Eric, is a world renowned author, lecturer, and geopolitical analyst. He consults with business firms in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Maybury is the former Global Affairs editor of "Moneyworld" and widely regarded as one of the finest free-market writers in America. Mr. Maybury's articles have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal", "USA Today", and other major publications. He has penned eleven books in the Uncle Eric series. His books have been endorsed by top business leaders, including former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon, and he has been interviewed on more than 250 radio and TV shows across America.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! January 30, 2008
By Tck13
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I really enjoyed this book. It is VERY simple and easy to read and really, everyone should read it no matter your political views. This book seems to have been directed towards children but I'm amazed at how many people I talk to really have no clue as to what Liberals, Conservatives, Libertarians, etc. are. If you have no clue or even a little bit of political education, the book is very worth the entry level education it provides. This book is a great primer for getting into more complicated political discussions and education.

Is the writer biased? Slightly, but very minimally. He is a great teacher overall.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This short book has really opened my eyes to what I thought I knew. I have a greater perspectives on the differences of the various political views, whether Republican, Libertarian, Democrat, Socialist etc.

This is a very quick read in an easy to understand format. I have passed this book on to several people who have enjoyed it as well.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book March 9, 2000
By piffer
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This is a wonderful book which helps you clearly define your political stance, i recommend these books for young students who need to learn about the political parties and adults who think they know all there is all to know about political parties. I myself am a juris naturalist, if you'd like to know what that is then check out this book, i'm amazed at how much knowlege i gained!
p.s i also recommend evaluating books: what would thomas jefferson think about this,and whatever happened to penny candy?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read and easy to understand! September 14, 2009
A Kid's Review
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Richard Maybury is "Uncle Eric" and he is writing to his relative who is a student, so what you read is a series of "letters" (like chapters, only more fun!). If you're confused and don't know on which side of the aisle you fall, you won't be after reading this great book! If you're not confused, this book is helpful in teaching others what liberals believe versus what conservatives believe and where their political actions lead. Though there are many books in the series, and I highly recommend them all, this one is fine to read without picking up any of the others.
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49 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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I agree with Mr. Maybury's assessment of the situation we find ourselves in today in America. I particularly enjoyed finding that he agreed with both Patrick Henry and James Madison and that they both gave an accurate prediction about the upcoming problems, downfalls and failings of an ever-mutating Federalist mentality that is ripping the heart out of our founding principles. It killed the true goal of our founders, which was to allow states and communities to remain diverse, different and unique and economically and socially controlled by the people who lived in them. If you did not agree socially or politically with one community and/or state you could move to another and live comfortably knowing you would be around others with similar beliefs, opinions and characteristic.
In other words they did not want us to become exact mental, emotional and social clones or mere automatons of a Federal Government "1984" mentality run amuck. People like Earl Warren and Warren Burger succeeded in putting us on that destructive hedonistic and anti-American coarse by hijacking the judiciary.
Local control as Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine advocated, would undeniably put the decision making process in the hands of the voters and real-democracy at the lowest levels, they did not believe in Stare Decisis which kills a true ever-changing democracy. They wanted the "one person one vote" majority-rule concept to flourish on a local level, instead of having a federal government, which steals that basic right, concept and liberty at every opportunity by manipulating entities at every level and corrupting the courts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting March 3, 2013
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I learned alot on the different parties. It was pretty much to the point, which is what I like. Would eventually like to read the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for High Schoolers!! February 13, 2013
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Not confused anymore! A must read for all; starting in high school! An unbiased teaching on liberalism vs. conservatism. Author explains both sides as to make you understand and think for yourself both parties political beliefs.
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