Customer Review

97 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally � The Cause and Answer to Fascism, January 17, 2004
This review is from: The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America (Paperback)
As a Jew, I have watched, read, and visited countless accounts of the Holocaust - but not one of them correctly identified the ideas that brought it about or the ideas that will prevent it from happening again. In some cases, I was first shocked by the accounts of survivors and then horrified when they offered as a solution the same ideas that created the Nazis.
"The Ominous Parallels" finally exposes the cause and answer to Fascism. Dr. Peikoff presents a compelling and cogent thesis on the evil of collectivism in terms of the fundamental ideas that shape our history by masterfully analyzing the intellectual and cultural climate that led to the Holocaust and its parallels to today's America. Along the way, he outlines the development of Western philosophy - from the glorious creation of the United States to the rise of skepticism, pragmatism, collectivism, and the Weimar culture. Broad philosophical, political, and cultural trends are analyzed and dissected according to their basic premises, as you will never hear in a history class.
Both those well read in and new to the philosophy of Objectivism will find this book accessible and the arguments reasoned out and supported by numerous examples. This is not light reading, however- I spent as much time pausing to digest and integrate the ideas in this book as I did reading it. Those unfamiliar with Objectivism may have some difficulty connecting the author's asides on abortion, physics, and religion to the central theme, but it does not detract from the overall message.
As Dr Peikoff states, it is impossible to predict the future or know whether the Holocaust will repeat itself - but it is certain that only by understanding and adopting a proper philosophy can America survive as a free country. If this book succeeds in teaching the world about the importance of ideas, then six million shall not have died in vain.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Mar 1, 2013 11:56:14 PM PST
The Holocaust repeats itself in the labor camps in North Korea, where entire families are imprisoned for the crimes of a parent, condemning them to work that is intended to result in their premature deaths. Read "Nothing to Envy", "Aquariums of Pyeongyang", and "Escape from Camp 14". People have to eat rats and grass to survive, and die mining coal while working in unsafe conditions without safety equipment. Again the world watches and does nothing. So callous are they, that basketball stars, i.e. Dennis Rodman parties with the Criminal in Chief, Kim, Jeong Eun.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 11:59:05 AM PDT
Marc Starcke says:
Hmm,the false flag operation called "the Reichstag Fire" brought in the Nazi dictatorship just as the false flag of 9/11 brought it here to the U.S. Can anyone say 'Patriot Act','Homeland Security',and the NDAA Act? There couldn't be a more menacing ..err, Ominous Parallel than this! But yet no mention of it by any of you.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 10:24:06 PM PDT
Try listening to Benjamin Freedman's speech at the Willard Hotel in 1963 (On YouTube). He fills in a lot of the gaps on the German question.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.2 out of 5 stars (77 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (54)
4 star:
 (4)
3 star:
 (7)
2 star:
 (4)
1 star:
 (8)
 
 
 
$20.00 $14.99
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: College Station, TX

Top Reviewer Ranking: 21,106,195