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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is founder and editor-in-chief of the famous and feared American Spectator, a political and cultural monthly, which has been published since 1967. He is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times best-selling Boy Clinton: The Political Biography. Tyrrell’s nationally syndicated column is published weekly in such papers as the New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Arizona Republic, Washington Times, and Washington Examiner. In addition, his writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, New York Times, National Review, New York Magazine, and the Spectator of London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595554882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554888
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eddie Moore on May 10, 2012
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Defines and discusses the death of liberalism. Or maybe more accurately the slow descent into irrelevancy. Liberalism currently seems to be on the rise but that it an illusion. This book points out the fatal flaws in liberalism and how and why the decline will occur. It must have been over the head of some of the reviewers. Maybe Terrell can, like Hawkins, write a lighter version that can be more easily grasped by the challenged.
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Tyrrell did an excellent job in this slim book of reminding readers of the folly and deliberate deceits of Liberalism as practiced today. He also reminds readers of when Liberalism was a serious and confident outlook. How many people today remember Arthur Schlesinger's book The Vital Center? Probably very few do. That book's theme and outlook are worth recalling as a wonderful antidote to all the hokum that passes for Liberal thought today. As are the ways that Liberals have been on again off again "episodic" apologists for Bill Clinton. Have they no memory of their own love hate relationship with the chubby Lothario? Well, if they don't Tyrrell does remember the complaints and obsequious praise Liberals heap on the former President. Tyrrell also coins a new apt description for the icons of Liberalism; they are Sages Manqué. (There are other clever phrases, too, but I'll leave them for the reader to find.)
An abiding theme in all of Tyrrell's books has been that the Left has been ruined by its lack of seriousness but frenetic members (a mob, really) who are in effect nothing more than public nuisances. Since the Occupy Wall Street movement began, it's clear there are still plenty of young know-it-all hotheads keen to carry on the Left's public nuisance campaign. If these howlings are the death knell of Liberalism or just another whiny pity party we'll be forced to endure for another generation, is, to me, uncertain. For Mr. Tyrrell, there is a confidence that these or the Liberals last days. Buy the book and enjoy it for its memories and its vision of the future.
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I'm a huge fan of Bob Tyrrell's and I've always enjoyed his column at the American Spectator--which is probably the most consistent and intelligent of conservative publications. RET is no longer a young buck and is now nearly 70, but this book is proof that he's still as funny as ever. The Death of Liberalism compares favorably with After the Hangover (2010) and is a natural follow up. A theme of his 2010 book is that the left always overreaches and assumes that the electorate has given them "a mandate" to enact their goofiest and most controlling schemes. Tyrrell relays here that this eventuality is exactly what occurred in the last national election when the American people voted out of Congress those rabid leftists who gave us Obamacare and the completely wasteful Stimulus Plan. The Death of Liberalism clocks in at just under 170 pages and is a very quick read. Tyrrell's tone and narration is very conversational and entertaining. As a writer, he is always consistent and makes frequent use of a term he created, the Kultursmog. That term describes the fashion by which the left has poisoned the greater culture with its constant manipulation of the public via the media, the universities, and Hollywood. This book is part present analysis and part history, and that's a fine approach to a pathology that is presently undermining the future of my country. Best of all, is that The Death of Liberalism is really, really funny. That makes it worthwhile in itself. His ultimate conclusion is incorrect, however. Liberalism most certainly is not dead as demographic trends suggest that it will plague us as long as our borders remain porous. Yet intellectually, it's a basketcase so let us at least celebrate that! Part of the reason for liberalism's decline is the influence of R. Emmett Tyrrell...and we should all be grateful to him.
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This book is a valuable antidote to the smugness of the left, which assumes it will enjoy dominance over the country for years to come. Liberalism is still politically alive, but it is morally and intellectually dead. Tyrrell traces the moment of that death to the nomination of George McGovern in the 1970s and his agenda of abortion, amnesty, acid, and socialism. So while liberalism's "zombies," as RET puts it, still roam the corridors of power, the ideology from which they draw their last breaths is politically doomed for the simple reason that it is based upon a denial of reality. False ideologies always end up on the ashheap of history.
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The years may have clipped Tyrell's acerbic wit a bit (although there is still plenty on display), but that has been more than compensated for by an increase in that rarest of human things: wisdom.

I call the book "alluring" because I would like to believe that the death of Liberalism (what I call "leftism") has really arrived, and Barack Obozo is merely its pallbearer. But what else can I think, when the lefties have already spent all the money in the world on their Godforsaken "programs" -- which range all the way from destroying families on welfare, and subsidizing gay porn artists -- all the way to the near-destruction of the US economy through their idiotic claim that housing is a "right." I ask you: if housing, food, medical care, and supplemental income turn out to be "rights," why would anyone go to work?

Especially when such clever leftie ideas are running up deficits of 1.5 trillion per year?!

So what comes next? A prolonged "detox" program, where federal program after federal program is eliminated for the simple reason that we are BROKE. Mitt Romney may do this, and I wonder whether the American people will love him or hate him for it.

In any case, this book is highly recommended reading!
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