- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432756826
- ISBN-13: 978-1432756826
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Poor Lenin's Almanac: Perverse Leftist Proverbs for Modern Life
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I re-read Poor Lenin's Almanac yesterday and there's more utility to the chapters than mere freedom content; Walker employs several literary devices to contrast sloganeering of cliches so often used to change our society for the worse. It's a smooth and effortless read.
What seems to give truth to silly established maxims, such as `War Is Not The Answer' to cite one outside the book, is that they appeal to a grain of receptivity of anxiety or unhappiness that is convenient with little thought or adult skepticism. Looking no further then, anxious hippie-types and runaways swim in the stuff of twisting our more cherished maxims and think they are growing up with sophistication. Sorry.
Walker does a bold thing in fifty-two of the best known and most cherished maxims, and brings them into a more useful, even renewed application: expose of how they had been morphed into newspeak and PC almost seamlessly. The result is a greater truth and realization. In fact, the genius of Poor Lenin's Almanac is not in political insight - there is plenty of that throughout - but in showing where it really is in examining these concepts and how anemic the PC abuses of them were to begin with.
In 'Thou shall not commit monogamy' (page 43), Bruce had notices that leftism takes a poke at Marriage, so he takes a poke at easy-out divorce and showcases how it came about. Then, in his contrast, he brings a solution: "What is it about traditional marriage which so bothers some people? It provides a structure for children of both sexes to grow up with respected roles in human society. These families give an added non-governmental safety net: not just two parents who can work, but two sets of grandparents who could help (if those families also stayed together), and aunts and uncles who could help. Think of just how many social problems are solved by a Jewish or Christian married couple who have been happily married for thirty years. What is the welfare rate for this demographic?"
As you can see, it begins a development of critical thinking I crow about often. And, of course, if his solutions seem so simple, it is because they really are. One of the first benefits of his analysis is that our solutions are not as complicated as they are made to seem after all. I liked Poor Lenin's Almanac because it points to values as safeguards of our society.
Critical thinking has been lacking in this generation, and as a survival skill from one generation to the next - up until now, anyway - not us, but the very next generation may be in danger of losing our self-rule for lack of it soon. We can't afford to see critical analysis skip a generation, ours. Bruce Walker's page by page example of how good critical analysis is executed can breathe life once again into self-rule, and it makes Poor Lenin's Almanac the perfect adjunct to any genuine freedom movement.
- John Longenecker is Publisher of the Safer Streets Newsletter and Commentary.