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"It is a small, conservative, philosophical gem, and I love it."--Amos Perlmutter



"Gottfried's book addresses multicultural ideology and its program: to fashion beliefs and behavior in conformity with the multicultural outlook on the world, which is one of victim and victimizer. . . . His analysis of the situation both in the United States and in western Europe is devastating and brilliant, and in providing a precise analysis of what it is we are up against he has produced a book from which any authentic conservative would benefit."--American Conservative



"Gottfried has seen an aspect of multiculturalism and political correctness that previous critics of these doctrines have failed adequately to stress. He uses his insight to develop a brilliant analysis and critique of the modern managerial and therapeutic state. . . . Gottfried has dissected the social effects of the contemporary church better than anyone else of whom I am aware."--Mises Review



For those who can handle the truth, Paul Edward Gottfried serves as a fusion of Aristotle, Joseph de Maistre, and Carl Schmitt. What Aristotle did for the Greek polis, Gottfried has done for the nation-states of the West. . . . Gottfried makes a compelling case that political correctness has become a substitute for Christianity."--Chronicles

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Paul Edward Gottfried is Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State and The Search for Historical Meaning: Hegel and the Postwar American Right.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (January 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826215203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826215208
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carl Robinson on May 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is a very academic, very dense with words, study on Multiculturalism. In it, the author argues that Multiculturalism-especially importing dysfunctional Third World People-is an outgrowth of America's founding Protestantism.

Many of America's mainline Protestant denominations have lost their belief in the abstract version of Christianity, such as Original Sin being caused by eating a fruit in the Garden of Eden, but still feel the guilt of Mankind's fall. In this case, the plight of Third World people is the sin and redemption comes through Multicultural programs.

This book is written in the heavy style of a peer-reviewed, university-level humanities thesis. The resulting shibboleths shroud its simple idea with complexity which detract from the work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Efrem Sepulveda on March 7, 2015
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In an absolutely stunning indictment of today's guilt-ridden culture, Paul Gottfried explains how we have become a multicultural nation and how it has led to disastrous results.

Gottfreid's theories in explaining how guilt plays a part in this transformation of our country are very convincing in that the majority culture. which still has the residue of its Calvinist Protestant past, is convicted about how their ancestors were responsible for the sin of slavery or segregation and that they must make a constant atonement to satisfy the wrath of the minorities and to free themselves of guilt. . On page 16 of the book, Gottfried makes the following comment on today's liberal Protestants: "A less self-reliant type, this latter day Protestant is the self-absorbed but uneasy materialist. He looks to the state and media for moral direction while professing belief in therapeutic sentiments and plastic 'human rights'." Indeed, instead of inward conversion and private penance as a means to make a better society, the modern day liberal Protestant uses what Gottfired calls the "therapeutic state" to correct the wrongs of society through various anti-discrimination and anti-poverty statutes. This is the earmark salvation by the State where sins of the past are expunged by legislation.

In his discussion of the concept of secular theocracy, Gottfried eloquently states the following:

"Unlike medieval Christianity, the enforced commonality in the current managerial (state) setting is not shared ritual and sacramental mysteries or ecclesiastical authorities, but a tightening system of managerial control.
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By D. Neckels on July 6, 2015
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Brilliant work. The theory is relatively simple. Its consistency with what is seen in the US (and perhaps abroad, I dont follow European politics so much) is quite amazing.
These are the hallmarks of a theory that is correct.
I do wonder which came first, however, the feminization of the Protestant church or the theraputic secularism. The first might certainly have an influence on the second.
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By David B. Frisk on July 3, 2015
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Excellent copy, fast delivery.
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