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The Next American Civil War: The Populist Revolt Against the Liberal Elite [Kindle Edition]

Lee Harris
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Book Description

The tea parties, the guns at town hall meetings, the protests against health care reform, and the general unrest in America today have taken many people by surprise. Some interpret it in terms of economic hard times, but Lee Harris offers a different explanation. Today's populist revolt is only the latest installment of an ongoing cultural war that began long before the current economic crisis. It is a rebellion against a self-appointed intellectual elite whose attitude to the average American is "Don't worry, we know what is best for you." For Harris, the stakes in the current struggle are high: Will America be ruled by ivory tower liberals, or will it remain the land in which ordinary men and women are free to make their own choices and control their own destinies?

Throughout our history, Americans have always challenged the definition of liberty, and this has allowed us to progress as a society. Harris argues that this debate is good and necessary, and that we must take this new populist uprising seriously if we are to defend our founding principles. A masterly and visionary work that weaves current events with philosophical investigation, The Next American Civil War rethinks Americans' most elemental ideas of freedom in order to enable the people of the United States to face the challenges of our times.

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Praise for The Next American Civil War:

"The Next American Civil War is an intellectual defense of a rebellion against intellectuals."--Commentary
"Lee Harris examines this critical juncture in American history and offers some back-to-basics advice on preserving our unprecedented spirit of liberty and exceptional national character."--Pajamas Media

Praise for The Suicide of Reason:

“Harris’s book is so engaging that it is difficult to put down, and its haunting assessments make it difficult for a reader to sleep at night. He deserves praise for raising serious questions.” --The New York Times Book Review

Praise for Civilization and Its Enemies:

“[A] startlingly original and visionary work, Civilization and Its Enemies aims at nothing less than providing the vocabulary and theory for political thinking post-al-Qaida." -- Salon 

About the Author

Lee Harris is the author of the critically acclaimed The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat to the West and Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History. A frequent contributor to Policy Review, The Weekly Standard, The New Atlantis, The Wall Street Journal’s "Opinion Journal," and, he has become one of the most sought-after commentators on the post-9/11 epoch. He lives in Stone Mountain, GA.

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  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230102719
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (May 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QP3NEG
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read May 12, 2010
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I couldn't put the book down once I strated reading. It put into vivid historical context so much of what has been dominating the evening news, talk radio programs, and cable news programs over the past year or so. Harris writes about all of this very clearly and concisely for the general reader yet also displays great intellectual and philosphical knowledge and insight at the same time. He is everything one could want in a public intellectual. In this book (I have previously read two others by this author) Harris explains the nature and significance of the "tea party" movement as the latest phase in the evolution of America's redefining and grapling with it's notions of liberty. He sees this all as part of a dynamic and creative process the consequences of which are of the upmost importance. Simply put we are currently witnessing the latest populist revolt against elitist authority in American History. What's different this time is that the revolt is a conservative uprising against authority and not a left wing one. This is a revolt which strives to maintain something which is perceived as being lost as the government in Washington grasps greater and greater overweening powers in the name of doing good for and serving those who it believes are incapable of deciding for themselves what is good for them. This is all within the grand tradition of grassroots American political movemetns except that the actors have reversed roles. And that's what makes something seemingly very old in actually something quite new. How will it all play out? Read this book and gain at least a better and more contextaulized perspective on what's at stake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book June 8, 2010
Over the past two weeks I have spent my time reading Lee Harris' New book "The Next American Civil War: The Populist Revolt Against the Liberal Elite". I have also perused the reviews provided on Amazon and other locations. It has struck me how many of the reviewers have missed so many of the points in the book. Whether they actually read the book or they chose to focus on an isolated topic I cannot speak to. This being said, I am going to focus on one item tha, to me, was the topic that kept all of the topics interwove: Natural Libertarian. Lee Brings this up in the initial pages of the book and then continuously uses examples throughout the rest of the book in explaining what a Natural Libertarian is, does, and believes in.

Many of the reviewers focused on the Tea Partiers and what Lee Had to say. Though the Tea Party movement is used an example of the Natural Libertarian, it is not the sole focus of the book. In fact, it is only used as an example and nothing more. References to Conservative Talk Show Hosts and Sarah Palin fill the same role. Many reviewers, more than likely intentionally, missed this point.

In general terms, a Natural Libertarian wants to be left to his own devices and only becomes upset or rebellious when he feels his liberty is at risk by some outside, possibly conspiratorial, force.

Lee uses history to examine the existence and the development of the Natural Libertarian. What better way to examine human beavior and opinion than using human history. After all, the only difference between human beings today and our ancestors is that we have more gadgets and toys.The inner workings, the desires, wants, needs, and lusts of people, have not changed.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read September 4, 2010
By Jay81
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I read this book from cover to cover and found it pretty interesting, although it wasn't quite what I expected from the title. Nevertheless, I'm going to give it four stars. I enjoy history so I liked the historical aspects of the book and the discussion on the beliefs of Edmund Burke, John Locke, Thomas Paine, et al. I follow current events pretty closely so this author didn't really address any of the concerns that I have about the direction that our country is headed. It was more philosophical.

Anyone at all conversant with current events knows that there is a populist revolt going on against the so-called liberal elite and that it isn't just a conservative vs. liberal issue or a democrat vs. republican issue. It is a genuine culture war against establishment thinking. The book gives a pretty good account of how liberals think and act. There was nothing new here since you can obtain a good knowledge of how liberals think and act from the multitude of websites, blogs and editorials. I think we all understand that there is a vast gulf between the liberalism of today and that of classical liberalism of a century ago. We know that liberals see human beings as being chiefly good, rather than as flawed beings. We know that liberals are driven by idealogy and agenda, often to the point that they are thought to be absolutely clueless about the world they are living in.

Even after reading this book, I am not quite sure of the position of Mr. Harris. Does he relate more to the liberal elite or the 'natural libertarian', as he seems to view conservatives.

I consider myself to be a political independant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great research, superbly written, and extraordinary in sights
Published 8 months ago by December 7th 1941
5.0 out of 5 stars Very ambivalent, very thought provoking
Subtitled 'The populist revolt against the liberal elite', it contains very original and thought provoking presentations on the morality and politics of liberty, generally... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gderf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Nice to have a Conservative Perspective
There are a number of negative reviews for this book, but many more positive reviews. You can clearly see who are the Left-Wing Nuts from those that believe in God, Country and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by USPatriotOne
1.0 out of 5 stars Nuts
All I'll say is that this guy represents precisely what is WRONG about the United States today. Populist revolt, my butt. Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by RD_C_4_life
3.0 out of 5 stars misses the boat on some issues
In reality, there WAS a genuinely populist movement associated with the initial 'end the fed' movement. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by jenna randolph
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been titled "The Rabble Below"
I loved "Suicide of Reason" and thus had very high hopes for "The Next American Civil War". Sadly, I was extremely disappointed:

The book was misleadingly titled,... Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by sam spade
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent philosophical study of contemporary America
Bravo! The author ough to be congratulated on this very serious and thought provoking book. America, as we knew it, is being hijacked by a bunch of liberals and is turning fast... Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by Esar Shvartz
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
The author's main thesis is that the Tea Party movement represents the libertarian impulse of traditional American society in opposition to the liberal elites, representing benign... Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by D. Halliday
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty great, but Mr. Harris got it backwards.
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a member in good standing of the Godless Liberal Elite, I found the profiles on conservative outrage very enlightening. Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by Richard Seireeni
4.0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes
I don't intend for this to be insulting, but it's ovbvious many of the reviewers here don't have the background to fully understand this book. Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by Notasheep
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