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A surprisingly thought-provoking book!,
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This review is from: Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America (Hardcover)
Ann Coulter has not written a book which is only a "partisan diatribe" --- she has actually written a unique and brilliant history.
In many ways, of course, she is not a trailblazer. Other books about mob psychology include Charles Mackay's brilliant Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds, as well as the Frenchman who is almost the co-author of Coulter's book, Gustave Le Bon, who wrote The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. In addition to that, educated people have always known that the mob almost always heads straight for the bottom and represents the lowest common denominator.
Nevertheless, this is a unique work of scholarship on at least two counts.
First, it is a horrifying compendium of what the French mob actually did to other people during the days of the French Revolution. I don't know of another place where you can find all these stupefying cruelties gathered together in one book.
Second, it is a history of the mob in America, which proves a rather startling thesis: the American mob has always been ginned up, used, and controlled by the Democratic Party. This, by the way, is a thesis which leftists should feel free to refute --- not by calling Ann Coulter silly names, but by consulting the historical record. You know what I mean --- "hard work and research," not sloganeering.
Oddly enough, the incomprehensible "Occupy" protests around the land provide even more evidence that the American mob has always been ginned up, used, and controlled by the Democratic Party.
If you want to read further on these subjects, I would like to recommend Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (Dover Value Editions) and Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn's Leftism Revisited: From De Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot. If you have further interest in the French Revolution (as opposed to mob terror during that Revolution), then you have an enormous choice, including Hibbert's The Days of the French Revolution and Tocqueville's Ancien Regime and the French Revolution (Penguin Classics).
All in all, an excellent & surprising book, very highly recommended!
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Posted on Jul 27, 2011 9:39:34 PM PDT
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Robert O. Adair says:
Excellent and very learned review by someone who actually reads books. Whenever I argue with people on the Left, I notice how illiterate they are. In their mini-universe there are no towering giants of the intellect, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Edmund Burke, Voegelin, Alfred North Whitehead, etc. Not people I totally agree with but from whom you can gain all sorts of interesting and useful insights. With the Left, there is really no higher opinion than that dictated by their own ego.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2011 5:20:33 AM PDT
Geoff Puterbaugh says:
Thanks for the kind words!
Posted on Jul 30, 2011 8:37:21 AM PDT
J. Librizzi says:
For what moves not just a mob but our whole society, see the works of Pierre Manent: 'An Intellectual History of Liberalism', 'The City of Man', 'A World Beyond Politics?' Essential reading.
Posted on Aug 10, 2011 9:08:40 PM PDT
Kenneth Carter says:
Your review is poignant and very candid. Excellent! You might also find my review of Houston Baker's book, 'Betrayal', in keeping with your review of the political Left. Would also appreciate your 'yes' vote for my review as well. Thanks - Ken
Posted on Aug 14, 2011 6:59:04 AM PDT
Joseph Romero Jr. says:
As always my dear friend, your "book review" is outstanding, in my humble opinion. I thank you Mr. "Geoff". You always say it with such "intellect, class, character, and civility!
Posted on Aug 17, 2011 11:48:28 AM PDT
And Albert Mathiez's THE FRENCH REVOLUTION??? Oh, wait, he was a pinko!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2011 1:14:03 PM PDT
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LOL What are you talking about, O'Dair? Locke, Rousseau, Voltaire, Johnson, Paine, Diderot, Thoreau, Marx, Mill, Kropotkin, James, Kautsky, de Comte, Tolstoi, Freud, Adler, Trotsky, Gramsci, Fromm, Dewey, Beard, Cassier, Lukacs, Adorno, Reich, Polanyi, Deautcher, Van Woodward, Goldman, Fanon, Hostadter, Boll, Marcuse, Lasch, and more I could mention, most of which you probably haven't a clue as to who they are.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2011 1:30:53 PM PDT
Geoff Puterbaugh says:
Well, John, a lot of those luminaries listed by you are not worth reading in the first place. Herr Marcuse jumps to the eyes as a Teutonic idiot. Fanon is a screaming maniac, much beloved by lefties. "James" could be Henry or William, couldn't it? Lasch is a doctrinaire Marxist. Et cetera, et cetera, and so forth. And you still have not made a point.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2011 2:52:09 PM PDT
Locke, Rousseau, Paine, Thoreau, Marx, Mill, William James, Tolstoi, Freud, Adler, Fromm, Beard, Deautcher, Van Woodward, Hofstadter not worth reading! LOL You are joking . . . I think.