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Ready, Aim, Right! Paperback – September, 2004
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About the Author
Jack Criss, 39, is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. His first series of major published articles--album reviews--appeared in 1981. Criss hosted a popular, afternoon drive-time talk show on WJNT Newstalk 1180 from 1987-1992, with a brief stint spent at WSLI Radio. He interviewed live, among many others, William F. Buckley, Jr., Robert Bork, Jesse Jackson, Leonard Peikoff, Michael Kinsley, Fred Barnes, Charles Murray and Allan Bloom.
Criss has worked as managing editor of the Jackson Business Journal, owner/publisher of the Jackson Business Journal/Metro Business Review, founder/co-publisher of the Mississippi Jewish Record, associate publisher and publisher of Forward Mississippi, executive editor of the Delta Busines Journal,a nd executive editor of Delta Magazine, as well as executive vice-president of the public relations/advertising firm, Coopwood Communications, Cleveland, Mississippi. He is currently publisher of the business paper, Metro Business Journal.
Criss is the current president of the national organization The Association of Objectivist Businessmen and has been active with the Metro Crime Commission in Jackson, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation and was a former member of the Downtown Jackson Rotary Club.
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Criss's writing style is clear and incisive--he cuts straight through the superficial babble surrounding the crucial issues and debates facing us today to get right to the heart of the matter. Combining the mind of a philosopher with the clear prose of a professional journalist--and the straight talk and practical orientation of and businessman--he brings to light new threads of thought while offering plausible blueprints for change. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not (I usually do), his editorials are a pleasure to read and regularly challenge many preconceived notions advanced by the mainstream media. A unique voice and breath of fresh air.
--Stephan Kinsella, attorney, former adjunct Professor of Law, noted libertarian lecturer and author of numerous articles and books including World Online Business Law; Digest of Commercial Laws of the World; and Protecting Foreign Investment Under International Law: Legal Aspects of Political Risk
I found it of interest that Criss discusses his own "odyssey" from "Marx, Ginsberg, Siddhartha, long hair and 'Rock Against Reagan' ... to Ayn Rand, Aristotle, Ludwig von Mises, Voltaire and business meetings," as he puts it in the Preface of his book. He praises "laissez-faire, individual freedom, high culture"-values "most often identified with the Right," while having no sympathy for the Libertarian Party (though he clearly agrees with the LP's core principles and "party message").
All this seems pretty "Right-wing" to me, including some of his stances on the current war.
But Criss is no traditional conservative, since he takes issue with the "Family Values" crowd in the GOP.
Criss has a fightin' style to his writing: very colorful and very entertaining. Even when you disagree with him on any specific issue, you marvel at his way with words.
The book is not all politics, however; I was most enchanted by his various musings on his personal life. A tribute to his father and his reflections on becoming a father offer the most poignant moments in the book.
But most people, it also seems, can barely hear that voice because they have taken refuge from the endemic irrationality in reason-proof states of mind. They cannot be blamed for fearing the hurricane; they seem to think that the irrationality is a natural phenomenon, and that they are powerless to stop it. They think their only option is to ride out the storm and pick up the pieces after it has passed. Regrettably, when they lock out irrationality, they also lock out its antidote.
The number of American periodicals in the print medium that consistently promotes reason in men's affairs can be counted perhaps on the fingers of two hands. Almost without exception, these are conservative publications such as The New York Sun and the Washington Times, which unfortunately leave reason behind when the subject is abortion, the promotion of "family values" as government policy, and religion. Perhaps the only newspaper in the country that does not exhibit this dichotomy is The Orange County Register in California.
Jack Criss, career editor, journalist and former talk-show host, is also one of those exceptions. Ready, Aim, Right! is a collection of his writings covering fifteen years of shouting, warning and explaining in a variety of prominent Mississippi business publications. However, Jack Criss does not plead, whine or beg. Should the welfare state be abolished? Yes! Should the government, local and federal, get out of the lives of Americans, and protect their rights instead of violating them every day and everywhere citizens turn? Yes! Should the government cease its policies of fraud, deceit and extortion via Social Security and the income tax? Yes! Should the government abandon the education racket that accomplishes rampant illiteracy at the cost of billions? Yes!
Where in the original Constitution, Criss might cause a reader to ask himself, is the clause or article that grants the federal or any state government the power to "manage" the economy and the lives of Americans? And if such a clause or article exists, wouldn't it nullify the balance of the Constitution? He refuses to allow Americans to forget their rights and the original purpose of government, first enunciated by the Founders. Wherever he detects dishonesty, scams, lies, and outright robbery by career politicians and bureaucrats, Criss is on top of it, exposing it all. He does so with style, wit, frankness and integrity, virtues no longer apparent in most journalists today, either in the print or the broadcast media. His is a voice that should be heard and heeded.
We hope Criss's next book project will be a collection of his radio interviews, which should also make interesting and infuriating reading. They are discussions with notables ranging from populist demagogue Jesse Jackson to philosopher of reason Leonard Peikoff.
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