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Dunn, a novelist and military encyclopedist, indicts liberals for interventionist big-government policies that have sparked "mass negligent homicide." He finds fault with fuel-efficiency standards that promote unsafe small cars, environmental regulations protecting mountain lions, and the phase-out of ozone-depleting chloro-fluorocarbons. The author makes a cogent case against several misguided government policies, from destructive urban renewal schemes to asbestos-abatement hysteria, but inflates the particulars into an attack on liberal "rationalism," the desire to use reason to solve human problems and a refusal to acknowledge that "this is not a universe governed by logic." Insufficient citations and such claims as "no one goes without care" in the U.S." sap the book's authority and might well prevent Dunn's own "well-meaning" arguments from finding wider credence. (Jan.)
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Despite humane principles aimed at advancing rights and providing for basic human needs, liberalism has actually harmed more than helped the helpless and needy, argues Dunn, a commentator for the center-right website American Thinker. Dunn highlights the history of liberal impulses back to the Founding Fathers and earlier, and he pinpoints when modern liberalism went astray, taking on ever more social issues and developing government policies to cure them. In the U.S., liberalism went wrong with the New Deal, when it transformed itself from principles to ideology. According to Dunn, liberal policies have led to rising crime, increased abortion, and other social ills that have triggered unintended consequences and led to the deaths and suffering of thousands. To construct cautionary examples of government overreaching to improve general welfare, Dunn draws parallels with benign government policies gone wrong in Nazi Germany, the USSR, the People’s Republic of China, and other nations not generally considered to have much in common with the U.S. While Dunn’s claims are a bit outrageous—for virtually any political ideology will lead to unintended harm—his perspective is interesting. --Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside Books (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061873802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061873805
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JR Dunn does a masterful job on the reality of the world we live in versus the mythical Lost Horizon Shangri-La world of idealist! Specifically, liberal minded elitist intellectuals and power hungry politicians/leaders. The reality of controlling people to equalize all in everything without actually earning it in mind boggling.
History tells the tale - all we have to do is read!
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From the New Deal, to misguided criminal justice policy to failed environmental programs there is no end to examples of the failure of liberal policy prescriptions. Dunn does a good job of collecting many of the major failures with a full history of what was done and what the (bad) outcome was. He is a competent writer and analyst who stays within the bounds of fact backed by copious references. Where he really excels is in connecting all the dots within each story. The 80% non-liberal part of the population already has some sense of these failures, but this book really helps the reader appreciate the vast scope of the issue. Sunshine is the best disinfectant as the old saying goes. There is plenty of Sunshine here that will help destroy the liberal conceit of moral superiority. That is Dunn's greatest contribution. He and many other fine writers at AmericanThinker.com carry on the same work every day. I am grateful for the fine job they do.

My only real criticism is the ending in chapter 10. He should have just summed up and said what he thinks needs to happen succinctly. Instead he offered an uncharacteristically muddled discussion of solutions. The mediocracy of his thinking somewhat distracts from an otherwise excellent book.
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While this book didn't provide me with a lot of new information, I came to the conclusion it provides a clear concise and short overview of the crimes against humanity that liberalism has perpetrated. It actually is a very good book for someone looking to give to a mushy moderate that can't seem to understand what liberalism is or has done. I think there is a big audience for this book.
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It's clear to most unbiased observers that, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, Liberal-Progressive policies have been an abject failure. But, when most people think of these failures they think of such things as our loss of freedom; judicial activism; the fabricated "wall separating church and state"; the devastating impacts of the welfare state (LBJ's "Great Society"); LBJ's failed "War on Poverty"; the destruction of America's monetary system; the "dumbing down" of America's children; Al Gore's man-made global warming hoax; environmentalist policies bankrupting the United States; over-regulation making America unfriendly to business and exporting jobs; and the lunacy of political correctness. These are all legitimate concerns, of course, but what's lost in the shuffle is that these policies are not only destroying America, they are also costing, and have cost the world, untold lives. This book's author addresses these and many other evils caused by political liberalism, but his focus is on the resulting loss of life.

This is an unusual way of approaching the subject and leads the reader in many unexpected directions, but the conclusions are obvious: Political liberalism has killed and continues to kill. It does it in small ways, as with the so-called CAFÉ standards which necessitated smaller, lighter, and flimsier cars, leading to a marked increase in highway deaths; it does it by fostering abortion on demand, which has extinguished forty-five million potential lives in America over the past forty years; and it did it exceedingly well by banning DDT --- against all scientific evidence --- resulting in an estimated 500 million deaths worldwide.
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It is about time someone had the courage to say it. Liberalism kills. J.R. Dunn does an outstanding job of offering a number of simple examples of how liberal do-goods have failed to consider the consequences their actions. One of his best is the case of DDT. Rachel Carson NEVER recommended banning DDT. She simply advocated using it in small amounts. But, of course, that didn't stop the knee-jerks in Washington and so the incidents of malaria went through the roof. Dunn reminds us that putting up a sign saying "no guns allowed" only directs the criminals to where victims are the most vulnerable. Liberals claim to be so "people oriented" and compassionate but they are the first to promote abortion (and state-funded abortion at that), the first to defend criminals and the first to use aggression. This is a short, easy, entertaining read that every American should investigate.
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The truth hurts. As we can tell by the recent elections liberals had more votes, which traditionally states that there are more of them voting. This is dangerous for the country, because liberal ideals sound great and attract many hopefuls while at the same time literally killing people. This book will open the eyes of anyone in the middle or leaning a bit to the right. I came to many assumptions myself over the years that have been validated by the statements and facts in this book. I'm about to buy myself a copy to keep on the bookshelf and let my family members read.

Warning: Do not attempt to get a liberal to read this book. They will say nasty things about you, even lies, to everyone they know. Their illusion cannot be shattered or they will violently lash out at any who try to bring them into the real world. Liberals have to wise up on their own or not wise up at all, and sadly the decrepit mindsets of liberals usually leave them never wising up at all.
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