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Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hillary Belongs in the Psychiatric Ward at Leavenworth, June 28, 2016
Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne was stationed directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office for three years. The observations this afforded him provide the basis for this book and his conclusion that Hillary 'lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office.' The reasons - her 'volcanic, impulsive, leadership style . . . disdainful of the rules set for everyone else.' Byrne also states that he observed President Clinton's infidelities and helped cover them up. Author Byrne's credibility is boosted by a New York Times April 1998 article reporting Byrne's having told the deputy chief of staff in 1996 about concerns about Lewinsky's visits to the West Wing, and a CNN article the same month stating that Byrnes' complaints about Lewinsky led to her being transferred to the Pentagon.

One of the happenings revealed is that Hillary once threw a Bible that hit the back of a Secret Service agent's head, symptomatic of her sometimes unhinged rage. (This was told to Byrne by the Secret Service agent actually hit.) Purportedly being assigned to Hillary's detail 'was a form of punishment handed down by middle-management. She 'vented on everyone' and it got worse over time. Hillary was known to have told officers to go to Hell, and 'Go f... yourself.' Certainly not the temperament needed for a Commander in Chief


My Journey at the Nuclear Brink
My Journey at the Nuclear Brink
by William Perry
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking" - Albert Einstein, June 26, 2016
Author Perry contends that the gravest security threat of our time is that of a nuclear weapon being detonated in one of our cities, possibly by a renegade group using standard shipping methods. The bomb could have been stolen or bought from North Korea or Pakistan. (A quantity of HEU the size of a basketball would be sufficient to make an improvsed nuclear bomb wit the power of the Hiroshima bomb and small enough to fit into a delivery van.) Such a group could also claim to have more hidden in other U.S. cities - to be detonated at the rate of one/week unless all U.S. forces are immediately recalled from overseas. Perry also contends that while nuclear dangers receded with the end of the Cold War, they have now returned and are greater than ever. Russia depends on nuclear forces for its security and now feels threatened by the expansion of NATO to its borders and a new American missile defense system in Eastern Europe. It has undertaken the building of a new generation of missiles, bombers, submarines and nuclear bombs, along with renouncing its 'no first use' policy. There is also now the danger of a regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan. Former Defense Secretary Perry's stated intent in writing this book is to inform the public of the potential for such a grave danger, and encourage actions to reduce those dangers.

Perry's book begins with the Cuban Missile Crisis, during which he temporarily consulted with U.S. CIA leaders while also serving as director of Sylvania's Electronic Defense Laboratories, which pioneered in sophisticated electronic reconnaissance systems directed at Soviet nuclear weapons systems. While Perry and others analyzed the data, President Kennedy was being advised by his military leaders to attack Cuba - they did not know that many of the nuclear warheads to be carried on the 162 missiles identified were already on the island.

In addition, Soviet ships approaching our blockade of Cuba had submarine escorts armed with nuclear torpedoes - those commanders were authorized to fire without authorization from Moscow. One of the Soviet commanders seriously considered firing one of those torpedoes at an American destroyer trying to force him to surface, and was dissuaded only by a senior officer who happened to be aboard.

In 1964, possibly because he had been forced to back down in Cuba, Khrushchev was replaced by new leaders who accelerated Soviet ICBM and nuclear programs - heightening risks. By the time the Korean War broke out, hydrogen bombs 1,000X as powerful as the atomic bombs dropped on Japan had been tested. Perry's early civilian work demonstrated that there was no acceptable defense against the power of a mass nuclear attack - other than preventing it from happening.

Perry was also a prominent critic of Reagan's 'Star Wars' program - he thought it needlessly provocative, ruinously expensive, and technologically infeasible. That dream has since morphed into a much less-ambitious defense against 'rogue actors' - without changing Perry's conviction that the idea of defense against a determined nuclear attacker is a dangerous fraud. Perry also believes Reagan sacrificed real reductions in nuclear missiles for imaginary defenses against them.

In 1996, Richard Holbrooke, then an assistant secretary in the State Department, proposed expanding NATO by including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and the Baltic nations. A group of 50 leading Americans, conservative and liberal (Perry included), signed a letter to President Clinton in opposition. Included were Edward Luttwak, Robert McNamara, Sam Nunn, Paul Nitze, Richard Pipes, and Stanfield Turner. (George Kennan, while not a signatory, also opposed.) Perry considered resigning from the Clinton administration after this was implemented. After Bush II was elected, NATO was further expanded - reaching all the way to the Russian border. Bush also withdrew the U.S. from the ABM Treaty, and started deploying an ABM system in Eastern Europe.

Bottom-Line: 'My Journey on the Nuclear Brink' is a necessary read. It is also made even more important by America's efforts to control China's military and manage the Middle-East.

Now Russia and China are building new nuclear weapons and delivery systems, North Korea is following in their footsteps, Iran has moved part-way down that path, and India and Pakistan continue to expand their nuclear arsenals - including 'battlefield nuclear weapons.' At home, our Senate still has not ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and the U.S. and Russia have not moved forward on a follow-on to New Start. The latest U.S. defense budget proposes spending $1 trillion on nuclear modernization over the next several decades; Russia is similarly upgrading and adding to its ICBM missiles. Just this month the U.S. broke ground on another missile defense site in Poland and activated another in Romania.


Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (LaRue Books)
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (LaRue Books)
by Mark Teague
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book for Middle-Aged Children, June 21, 2016
A clever light-hearted series of letters purportedly from a dog sent to obedience school for two months. The accompanying illustrations are also a great contributor to the book's spirit.


The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World
The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World
by Ruchir Sharma
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Interesting -, June 21, 2016
The cycles of market euphoria and despair often produce clichés about 'herd behavior.' Every day research reports bombard financial capitals, urging the crowd to chase the next Big Thing or to run from the next Big Correction. Fear of more big losses after 2008 still run so high that Wall Street's biggest players are likely to watch returns monthly rather than yearly, pressuring money managers to trade constantly in the hope of avoiding even a single bad month - despite evidence that gains are now more likely to accrue to investors who trade less.

Before the Crisis of 2008 (BC), the world enjoyed an unprecedented economic boom. Many saw it as the beginning of a golden age of globalization. More poor nations would enter the ranks of the rich, more of their citizens would escape poverty and narrow the gap between the 1% and the rest. The rising global middle class would put pressure on dictatorships to loosen censorship, hold genuine elections, and open new opportunities. After the Crisis (AC), the golden age gave way to a new reality. While the flow of information measured by Internet traffic and the flow of tourists and airline passengers are still surging, the number of economic migrants has fallen and capital flows between nations and trade in goods and services have slowed sharply. Global trade has been growing more slowly than the global economy since the 2010s, and flows of capital peaked at $9 trillion (16% of the 2007 global economy) and now fallen to $1.2 trillion (2%), the same share as in 1980.

There have been five worldwide recessions since 1970, and they all originated in the U.S. The next, however, is likely to be 'made in China.' The other emerging nations are growing at barely above 2%, slower than the U.S. They're falling back down the development ladder. Faith that China's boom would last indefinitely, lifting up other countries that had been thriving mainly by exporting commodities to China began straining credulity in 2011 when prices for copper and steel began falling, and collapsed in 2014 when the price of oil fell more than half in a matter of months. Chinese GDP growth has fallen from 14% to less than 5, Russia from 7% to -2, Brazil from 4% to -3. India is the only original BRIC with hope of growing nearly as fast in the 2010s as in the 2000s.

Every year since 2006, the number of countries registering a decline in political rights has exceeded the number registering an increase. Russia and China's authoritarianism has become more assertive.

Goodhart's Law - once a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be useful become people have an incentive to doctor the numbers. (Chinese authorities instructing developers to keep the lights on even in empty apartment complexes --> higher electricity use.)

Investment typically represents a much smaller share of the economy than consumption (often around 20%), but it is the most important indicator of change. In the U.S., investment is 6X more volatile than consumption, and during the typical recession contracts by over 10%; consumption doesn't actually contract - its growth rate merely slows to about 1%. Manufacturing has been declining worldwide - now less than 18% of global GDP, down from over 24% in 1980; it is still the most significant force of change because it has traditionally been the main source of jobs, innovation, and productivity increases.

Savings is a chicken-or-egg issue - it is not clear which comes first, strong growth or high savings. Sharma tries to understand a nation's debt burden, and when it signals a turn for the better or worse. The payoff from investment in education is so slow and variable that it is almost useless as a predictor of economic change over a 5-10 year period. (The economist Eric Hanushek found in a 2010 report that a 20-year education reform program would result in an economy one-third larger - 75 years later. In Taiwan, 55% of the population was illiterate in 1945 - 1960. In China, when the economy took off in the 1980s, local officials spent heavily on roads, factories etc. - schools came later. The emerging nation with the largest share of university grads (6.4%) is Russia, where the Soviet era legacy of excellence in science and technology has yet to affect the economy; it has been one of the world's slowest-growing economies in the 2010s.

Productivity growth data are not reliable. Since 1960 the global economy has had an average growth rate of about 3.5% - half from labor-force growth or more people working more hours, the other half from gains in productivity. Technoskeptics contend the last decade's productivity growth decline reflects the fact that most recent innovations involve relatively trivial advances in communications and entertainment - Twitter, Snapchat, etc. The probability that a boom is about to end rises as private companies and individuals run up debts to buy frivolous luxuries - especially imported ones.

A collapse in U.S. population and economic growth was underway prior to the 2008 crisis. "Never in history has there been economic growth without population growth." (European Commission, 2005) However, that is not a sufficient condition for growth - between 1985 - 2005 the Arab world's working-age population grew at an average rate exceeding 3%, without producing an economic dividend. Much of the U.S. relative economic growth superiority vs. Europe can be traced to the fact that more young people were entering the workforce - 2X vs. France and Britain, 5X Germany, 10X Japan. Government programs to encourage birthing more children haven't had more influence, and when they did, added to welfare expenses.

A more promising approach focuses on trying to bring more people into the active workforce. Changes in the dependency ratio say a lot about an economy's growth potential. Today the share of the Chinese population over 65 will double from 7 to 14% between 2000 and 2027 - that doubling process took 115 years in France and 69 in the U.S. With more people entering the workforce and earning an independent living, a country's income increases and that creates a greater pool of capital. A more experienced labor force also raises productivity. The best positioned countries are those taking steps to keep older people in the workforce and out of the 'dependent' population. In Brazil, the average man retires at 54 and woman at 52, earlier than in any OECD member; the average pension covers 90% of the retiree's final salary, compared to an OECD average of 60%. The job picture has been particularly strong in Germany (282), Japan (323), and South Korea (437 industrial robots/10,000 employees in 2013) - also the industrial countries employing the most robots. Some contend robots will come just in time to rescue China (14) from a declining work force.

About a third of new jobs created in the U.S. were types that did not exist, or barely existed, 25 years ago. (60)


The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
by Heather Mac Donald
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Leaders Are Making Crime Worse!, June 21, 2016
Homicides in America's 50 largest cities rose nearly 17% in 2015, the greatest rise in fatal violence in a quarter-century, and reversing a two-decade-long decline. The biggest beneficiaries of that decline were the law-abiding residents of minority neighborhoods.

Since late summer 2014 and the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri while attacking a policeman, the protest movement Black Lives Matter has spawned riots, 'tie-ins,' and the assassination of police officers. 'Broken Windows' policing and the practice of stopping and questioning suspicious individuals have been especially targeted. The African-American culture of drive-by shootings and gang warfare was omitted from discussions initiated by Black Lives Matter proponents. At the same time, academic allegations have been raised about the discriminatory imprisonment of African-Americans. Officers in inner cities routinely found themselves surrounded by hostile, jeering crowds when trying to make and arrest or conduct an investigation., ad feared becoming the latest YouTube pariah. In response, police began to disengage from proactive policing. Criminal summons and misdemeanor arrests for public-order offenses plummeted. Riots are returning to the urban landscape.

After hearing three months of testimony/evidence, a St. Louis County grand jury declined to press charges against officer Wilson - despite some witnesses supporting the officer refused to appear due to community pressure. The Justice Department's investigation did not support federal civil rights charges either.

Ferguson's population is two-thirds black, but five of its six council members are white, as is its mayor. This has become seen as the product of racism, regardless of the fact that blacks have very low turnout rates, field practically no candidates, and there are no allegations of efforts to suppress the black vote.

The most frequently summonsed traffic offense is driving without insurance. The next highest categories of driving infraction are blasting loud music out of one's car, and driving with tinted windows. However, those alleging racism provide no evidence indicating selective enforcement. (Blacks constitute 67% of Ferguson residents but made up 85% of all vehicle stops between 2012 - 2014.) Four of Ferguson's 53 officers are black, but again those alleging racism provide no evidence indicating selective hiring. There have, however, been documented federal findings of abuse among Rikers Island guards, the Detroit and New Orleans police forces - each with a black majority.

The Washington Post found press documentation of 258 black victims of fatal police shootings in 2015, most of whom were seriously attacking the officer. On the other hand, in 2014 (most recent year for which data are available) there were 6,095 black homicide victims in the U.S., overwhelmingly by other blacks. Other data show that young black men commit homicide at a rate nearly 10X that of young white and Hispanic males combined. Holder's staff found it damning that 11% of black drivers were searched after a traffic stop from 2012 to 2014, but only 5% of white drivers were - yet, the report also notes that blacks are more likely to have outstanding warrants against them. Etc., etc. - ad nauseam.

Outsiders seized on the fact that blacks made up 93% of arrests by Ferguson officers. However, blacks made up 60.5% of all murder arrests in Missouri in 2012 and 58% of all robbery arrests, though comprising less than 12% of the state's population. Similar disparities are found across America. Blacks are only 23% of the population in NYC, but commit over 75% of all shootings and 70% of all robberies- as reported by the victims of and witnesses to those shootings. (These disparities would be even higher were it not for NYC's large Hispanic population. Ferguson has only a 1% Hispanic population.)

Black males between 14 and 17 die from shootings at more than 6X the rate of white and Hispanic teens combined. Until the black family is reconstituted and takes an effective role, the best protection for them is the police - the government agency most committed to the proposition that 'black lives matter.' (Chap 5)


See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government's Submission to Jihad
See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government's Submission to Jihad
by Philip Haney
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5.0 out of 5 stars Political Correctness Limits Our Terrorism Defense!, June 20, 2016
"if you see something, say something" has become the mantra of America post 9/11. This book is about Philip Haney, founding member of the Department of Homeland Security, who did exactly that, only to be increasingly opposed by his own organization - actually investigated 9 times. The 'problem' - mentioning Islam in association with terrorism wasn't PC.

The story begins with the March 2012 State Department reaction to an initiative to improve security at our 350+ airports, land entry points, and seaports that he'd helped launch. The program in question had been targeted at an Islamic group known as Tablighi Jamaat and their use of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nearly 20 million from 38 countries to enter the U.S. without a visa. Prior investigation had connected members of the movement to terrorist organizing and financing within Hamas and al-Qaeda, and denied entry to some 1,200 individuals within the first 9 months of operation.

The State Department contended that they shouldn't be stereotyped as terrorists, while DHS responded by pointing out the U.S. foreign consulates had approved only 25% of requests for visas made by such individuals. Nonetheless, the Obama administration shut down the initiative and ordered that intelligence based on religious affiliation be disregarded on the basis of civil rights and civil liberties issues. The concern had shifted from protecting Americans from terrorism to protecting the civil rights of citizen and foreign Muslims, and had grown since 2009. Three years later, we had the San Bernardino shootings by Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.

Farook and his fellow Hamaat members had traveled between their homes in the U.S. and an overseas madrassa as part of a 7-year program that prepared them to become imams. nearly all were sons of immigrants who had been selected between ages 10 - 12 by the parents and local mosque leadership. Most never graduated from high school or received a GED; instead they concentrated on memorizing the Quran at various centers of radicalization. Haney had previously been promoted and commended for his research on that group.

Haney contends that the power driving the global Islamic movement isn't jihad, but the call to implement shariah law. Jihad is simply a tactic. The verb jihad occurs about 40 times in the Koran. Those who immigrate for the sake of implementing Islam receive the same reward in heaven as those who fight with a gun.


What Women Want
What Women Want
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3.0 out of 5 stars Even I Can See What's Coming -, June 19, 2016
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Starts out clever, with Mel Gibson having problems understanding and getting along with women. Then it turns into a too predictable romance with his new/unexpected boss. At that point I wanted out.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Delivery -, June 18, 2016
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Progressive Racism
Progressive Racism
by David Horowitz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reality -, June 14, 2016
This review is from: Progressive Racism (Hardcover)
In 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in no small part because of the compelling possibility that this biracial harbinger of hope and change would finally bring America into an epoch of post-racial unity.

But over seven years later, America is on the verge of a race war. Particularly since August 2014, from the shooting of black suspect Michael Brown by white officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement which has wedged its way into national prominence, racial unrest in this country under Obama’s reign has gone from a tense simmer to a churning boil.

The left want to pin this ugly decline on what they perceive to be the right’s racist refusal to accept a black man as President; but in fact, it is left’s own corrosive, inherently racist, identity politics, spearheaded by Obama himself, that has exacerbated rather than healed our racial divide.

Progressive Racism looks at a wide range of David Horowitz’s thoughts on the topic over the course of the last twenty years. Divided into five parts – “The Reds and the Blacks,” on the Marxist roots of progressive racism; “Decline and Fall of the Civil Rights Movement”; “Racial Correctness”; “Reparations for Slavery”; and “Progressive Racism” – the nearly fifty essays in this book expose leftist hypocrisy about race and dismantle the false narrative that the left is fighting for justice and equality against an irredeemably racist right, the guardians of a supposedly systemic white supremacism in America.

In “The Reds and the Blacks,” an essay written in 1999, Horowitz notes that although the left may not embrace the Marxist label anymore, Marx’s vision is alive and well at the core of the “contemporary leftist faith.” A central article of this faith is the notion that blacks and other minorities are “the new stand-ins for Marx’s proletarians,” and they are under the thumb of a “trinity of oppressors” – class, gender, and most of all, race. Thus “racial grievance is the spearhead of the modern radical left,” which couches itself as warriors for social justice while successfully demonizing as racist those “who defend the constitutional framework of individual rights, and attempt to guard it against the nihilistic advocates of a political bad faith.”

In August 2014 the shooting of a black criminal in Ferguson Missouri by a white police officer led to a series of riots lasting several months, and eventually inspired national protests making it the civil rights cause of the Obama era. During the public disturbances surrounding the Ferguson events the president and his chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, exhibited active sympathy and support for the movement’s complaints.

When the facts were finally established by forensic evidence, grand jury testimony, and a separate Department of Justice investigation conducted by Holder himself, they refuted the movement’s central claim. Forensics, video records and the testimony of five black eyewitnesses established that the alleged victim Michael Brown, was targeted for arrest not because he was black but because he had just committed a strong-armed robbery. He did not have his hands in the air and was not shot while surrendering but while attacking the arresting officer whose gun he attempted to wrestle from its holster.

According to FBI data, over the past decade 40% of cop killers have been black. Officers are killed by blacks at a rate 2.5 times higher than the rate at which blacks are killed by police officers who are black as well as white.

In short, the actions of the crowds were not those of a civil rights protest but of a lynch mob, unconcerned with the evidence, impatient with due process, and intent on ensuring that a severely injured officer who had been the victim of a criminal attack be indicted, tried, convicted and punished. Or else. How did the mob “know” that the officer was guilty? Because he was white. Mob leaders even demanded that the prosecutor – a white liberal Democrat – be removed from the case because his own father was the victim of a black criminal 50 years previously, and therefore he could not discharge his duties fairly.

the number of whites shot by police officers nearly doubles that of blacks even though black males – six percent of the population - account for nearly forty percent of all violent crimes. Although they constitute only 13% of the population more African Americans are murdered every year than whites. A staggering majority – more than 90% - are murdered by other African Americans meaning that the police, rather than enemies as progressives have made them, are African Americans’best friends and last line of defense against criminal violence.

A second contested incident occurred soon after in New York when a black street criminal named Eric Garner died while resisting arrest after police were forced to apply a choke hold because of his large size. So pervasive was the assumption of police guilt in the case that the slogan was featured on the warm-up jerseys of star athletes and became a national cause celebre. According to the activists, another unarmed black suspect had been murdered because he was black.

The charge of racism was particularly ludicrous since it was leveled against a police force half of whose officers were minorities. The sergeant on the scene in charge of the fatal arrest was an African American woman. Eventually the autopsy report showed that unknown to the police who arrested him Garner was suffering from multiple maladies including heart problems, asthma and morbid obesity.

The book features a parade of racial characters and themes such as O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran, affirmative action, Louis Farrakhan, celebrated academic and “affirmative action baby” Cornel West, black-on-black crime and gun control, talk show host Phil Donahue’s “casual racism,” racial McCarthyism on campus, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, perennial race hucksters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and reparations for slavery, a topic on which Horowitz has devoted a great deal of his energy in the past (see his slim 2002 book Uncivil Wars, for example). In “Ten Reasons Why Reparations Are a Bad Idea,” published in 2000, he sums up this demand as “factually tendentious, morally incoherent and racially incendiary. Logically, it has about as much substance as the suggestion that O.J. Simpson should have been acquitted because of past racism by the criminal courts.”

In the section “Progressive Racism,” Horowitz addresses the left’s agenda to recreate “a race-conscious political culture in which blacks and a handful of designated minorities were singled out as the groups to be racially privileged,” while “whites were made targets of exclusion, suspicion, and disapprobation.” In “The Death of the Civil Rights Movement,” he writes that there is no such movement any longer, and in its place “there is only a self-righteous, fact-denying lynch mob looking for white victims and law enforcement officials to make the targets of their wrath.”

In “Freedom From Race” in the final section, Horowitz takes on the left’s hypocrisy about racial profiling, which leftists favor when it suits their agenda (job placement, school admissions, scholarships, and the like), and which they decry when it does not (in law enforcement and deterring terrorism). This hypocrisy is due to the left’s obsession with power: “Whatever serves their need for power is right; whatever frustrates it is wrong.”

Progressive Racism includes a couple of essays some might find surprising: Horowitz’s controversial essay “Second Thoughts About Trayvon,” for example, in which he sets himself against general conservative opinion about the shooting of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin by “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman, who ultimately was judged to have acted in self-defense. “Is the Zimmerman case really open-and-shut?” Horowitz begins. He goes on to question whether the incident was quite so black-and-white, so to speak, as both the left and the right viewed it: “Might it not be possible that the toxicity of the racial environment also infected Zimmerman, so that he saw in Trayvon a caricature” from the racial and political melodrama surrounding the incendiary case?

Another piece that might run against the grain in some conservative quarters is “An Argument with the Racial Right,” in which Horowitz distinguishes himself from the white “Euro-racialists” of the right who have “surrendered to the idea that the multiculturalists have won” and who demand “a white place at the diversity table.” This runs counter to Horowitz’s brand of conservatism, which is grounded in “the fundamental truth of individualism” and “the good old American ideal of e pluribus unum.”

The book closes on Horowitz’s knockout-punch collaboration with John Perazzo, a lengthy essay titled “Black Skin Privilege and the American Dream,” originally published in booklet form by the Horowitz Freedom Center. That essay concludes that progressive racism – racial privilege enforced by government – “tears at the very fabric of the social order… Building racial bias into the framework of the nation compromises the neutrality of the law that governs us all… and creates a racial spoils system that is the antithesis of the American Dream.” Horowitz correctly identifies the drive to “level the playing field” – the left’s utopian justification for government intervention – as a totalitarian one and a threat to freedom:


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