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Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline Paperback – December 16, 2003
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Here in Slouching Towards Gomorrah Bork, in taking some well-earned and enlightening revenge, continues the incisive and dead-on analysis of his subject which he exhibited in The Tempting of America, his book about Constitutional Law, judicial activism, and the Court's hijacking of our country.
Bork's thesis here is this: Modern America has been infected and weakened by two main currents embraced and perpetuated by Liberalism, (1) radical egalitarianism and (2) radical individualism. Interestingly, he doesn't just place the locus embryonicus for these intellectual and cultural viruses in the 1960s, although he certainly traces their major gestation period to that decade. Rather, Bork points out the historical and fairly old occurences of these maladies. He gets to the very seeds of these currents which germinate and blossom on the scene in the early 1960s.
Well, the radical egalitarianism that Bork identifies perfectly is not an egalitarianism which stems from Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence, and Lincoln, but the egalitarianism that says that everybody, darn it, is going to be equal, or else. People should not be allowed to make too much money, or own too many things, or be too successful in this world.Read more ›
Bork makes it clear that he speaks not of the traditional liberalism exercised by the Founding Fathers but rather an ideological departure from that tradition that has hijacked and bastardized the name.
The modern form of liberalism consists of radical egalitarianism, which inherently requires a coercive State. It also consists of a radical individualism that corrodes institutions of restraint (i.e. family, religion, etc.) eventually leading to a free-for-all that will require the strong hand of government to contain. The centrality and powerfulness of the State in modern liberalism is its most radical departure from traditional liberalism.
Bork does not deride the successes and accomplishment of liberalism when it still possessed the goals and intentions compatible with its tradition - e.g. civil rights for minorities, suffrage for women, etc. However, it quickly evolved into an entirely different beast in the mid-to-late 1960s and has never looked back. The fact that there are currently forty professed Socialists in the U.S. House of Representatives (all Democrat) is testimony to the extreme left-turn taken by those calling themselves liberal today.
Bork does deride the goals, intentions, and actions of this new breed of liberal. It is virulently anti-American and anti-Western Civilization. As it has with the term "liberalism," the modern liberal has hijacked worthy causes (e.g. civil rights) and has politicized them in order to advance their radical agenda.Read more ›
This is truly the magnum opus of a towering figure in constitutional law and societal commentator and I was shocked how prescient his work is. Having read it a couple decades after he wrote it gives one the ability to compare his dire predictions with the ugly reality of the outcome. He was generally spot-on.
In this book, Judge Bork chronicles the rise of the radical "liberal" as we call them (though cultural marxist would be a more accurate term) in the 1960's. The radical, hard-left successfully executed Gramsci's "long march through the institutions", beginning with the universities and have, over time, come to dominate not only academia but also infotainment, law, government, the hierarchies of mainline Christian churches.
His conclusions are not comforting, rather, quite dire and pessimistic. The reader will have to admit after reading this book that his pessimism was justified by events. It's frightening how close his predictions come to actual events in the continued march of the Communist...er, liberal...er, progressive ideology.
His reasoning is brilliant. His logic is flawless. One may not agree with everything he has to say, but one must admit his thought processes and ability to argue his points are brilliant. I do not agree with everything he writes (i don't think he went far enough on a number of topics) but I have to admit he was right on most points and wrong very rarely.
This is a fine and important work that should be read even though it offers little comfort. This is more than deserving of five stars.
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Well conceived and well written. He was a man who knew what he was talking about and said it well. He wrote and spoke from a position of authority. I loved the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Movelda Hyer
Although this book is aging, it is becoming more and more prophetic as America indeed slouches towards the evils described in God's Word of the cities Sodom and Gomorrah.Published 3 months ago by Richard Devries
Wow - powerful secular explanation of the development of 20th century Liberalism from a scholarly, intelligent, conservative viewpoint. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wild Bill's Gal
This was written almost 15 years ago, and there are few predictions in it that have not already come true.Published 8 months ago by Susan J.