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The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values Paperback – June 22, 2004
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Self-proclaimed lesbian pro-choice feminist Bruce, ex-president of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW and author of The New Thought Police, blames the decline of civilization on other lesbian pro-choice feminists in this lurid right-wing screed. Bruce argues that multiculturalism, identity politics and "relativism" have turned American society into a "moral vacuum" incapable of distinguishing right from wrong, a reflection of the "malignant narcissism" of an all-powerful "Left Elite." With an apostate's zeal, she pillories the Feminist Elite's hatred of men, marriage and motherhood, the Black Elite's championing of violent rap, the Gay Elite's "grab for children" by insinuating let-it-all-hang-out sex-ed programs into schools, the Academic Elite's nihilism and anti-Americanism, and the Entertainment Elite's "moral depravity beyond measure." Bruce revels in trashing radical excess (performance artists are a favorite) and does point out, crudely, some of the contradictory currents of left ideology. But her own critique lacks coherence. She lumps together such disparate figures as Bill Clinton, Mumia Abu-Jamal and the "moral terrorist" Ozzy Osbourne as emblems of a monolithic Left. She decries academics' rejection of all moral values, but when they do express a moral judgment-by condemning America's "ethnic cleansing" of Indians, or the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans-they are guilty of "morally killing" America's "heroes." She complains of being "demonized" by leftists, then describes said leftists as a "diseased seed" who "hate themselves and hate this country." "I now realize that conservatives who disagree with me also have good points," she avers. Too bad she won't extend that courtesy to her opponents on the left.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Rush Limbaugh would call Bruce a liberal who got mugged by reality, but she didn't become a conservative. The former L.A. chapter president of NOW is still a lesbian feminist liberal, but she has seen the truth about the Left Elite (her term)--that is, the powers that be in feminism, gay rights, civil rights, and sex education as well as throughout the judiciary, the entertainment media, and American university faculties. The Left Elite enrages Bruce because, not content with achieving equal rights, it wants to stand morality on its head. It is as if these people belonged to a "church of malignant narcissism," the guiding principle of which is self-validation at all costs (really never having to say you're sorry). Anti-Christian apologists for self-gratification, they push the sexual objectification of children (e.g., euphemizing pedophilia as "child-adult sex"), idolize convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal--and that's just for starters! Bruce presents the evidence of cultural warfare pretty comprehensively and makes her take on it feisty, riveting reading. Ray Olson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Every review I've submitted to Amazon.com has appeared under the corresponding product except for the two reviews I've written for this book: one shortly after its publication and one last week. They both mysteriously have never appeared.
So, here we go again.
This is one of the few books I've read in the last few years that I just couldn't put down until I had completed it. Truth is often stranger than fiction and the truths that Tammmy shares with us in this book are downright disturbing.
If the "malignant narcissists" that Tammy describes in this book every come to power and become the status quo, those of us who are still sane will have to live in a horrific looney bin society that we'll have to spend most of our time hiding from or trying to escape. This is the stuff you don't get in the nightly news.
Hopefully you'll have an evening or two set aside because once you start reading this you might not be able to stop.
Also, just as a matter of readibility, this book is written in an accessible and entertaining manner that only goes to speed one's journey through the bizarre "hopefully never never" land of the radical leftist malignant narcissists. And, the fact that this is written by an "insider", someone who used to be part of this crowd, makes it all the more credible so the message is a hard one to ignore indeed.