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,
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An excellent book if political terms like left, right, conservative, liberal confuses you .... Simple and very well explained that high schoolers onwards and adults can read and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Shyam Kumar
so much going on in the world of civics, the information in this book helps clarify what was, what is, and may be, from the author's perspective (of course! Read morePublished 8 months ago by teddg
We purchased this book to be used with our homeschool curriculum. I'm anxious to use it this next school year.Published 14 months ago by Danielle Lawman
Filled with great history and insights you will never get from school or other me too books. Get it for all those who appreciate truth.Published 15 months ago by Roger A. Hermann
Very interesting book, as are all Uncle Eric books. My son and I enjoy reading them together as I try to provide him with a better understanding of our political system. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Lopez
I appreciate the perspective Maybury takes in this book, looking at how the current situation might be seen by our forefathers. In short, they would not be happy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Troy Anderson