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Right Answers: Short Takes on Big Issues: Separating Fact from Fantasy Paperback – January 1, 2010
“Alan Caruba is waging a tough battle against the foes of reason and liberty. He ought to get a medal.” --Steven Milloy, editor of Junkscience.com and a columnist for Fox News.com
"With wit and wisdom, Alan Caruba tackles on the Chicken Littles of the world and eases our anxieties.” --Michelle Malkin, author and syndicated columnist
“I have admired Caruba’s commentaries. He has the guts and the grit to tell it as he sees it.” --Nick Nichols, author of “Rules for Corporate Warriors”
About the Author
Alan Caruba has been a professional writer and public relations counselor for more than four decades. His expertise on a range of public affairs issues has made him a popular guest on talk radio and on television. Prior to establishing The Caruba Organization, Mr. Caruba was a professional journalist; a reporter and editor with two weekly newspapers in New Jersey and a columnist and feature writer for a New Jersey daily. During this period and thereafter, as a freelance writer he contributed to many newspapers and magazines, consistently winning awards for his work. These days, his writings are widely published on leading news and opinion Internet sites, as well as in a variety of publications. His opinion editorials have appeared regularly in The Washington Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other print media outlets. After graduating from the University of Miami (FL) and serving in the U.S. Army, and following his career as a journalist, Mr. Caruba served in communications positions with the New York State Department of Housing and Community Affairs, later transferring to the New York State Housing Finance Agency. Returning to his home State, Mr. Caruba became the Director of Publications for the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He established his own firm, The Caruba Organization, in the early 1970s and has enjoyed a wide variety of clients. Over the years, he has worked with leading corporations, trade associations, think tanks, and entrepreneurs of every description. In his book, “Guerrilla PR”, Michael Levine wrote “he’s one of the most in-demand public relations counselors, and counts major associations, corporations, and celebrities among his clients. Alan Caruba possesses the soul of a Guerrilla PR master.” For ten years, from the late 1990s until 2005, he also served as the Director of Communications for the American Policy Center, a conservative think tank. Mr. Caruba has received extensive national and international media recognition, first as the founder in 1984 of the famed media spoof, The Boring Institute©. He was profiled in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and many other publications as the nation’s expert on boredom and its impact on individuals and society. Over the course of its twenty years, Mr. Caruba did countless radio and television interviews until putting the Institute on hiatus in 2004. In 1990, based on his years as a business and science writer, Mr. Caruba founded The National Anxiety Center as a clearinghouse for information about “scare campaigns” designed to influence public opinion and policy. Junk science and dubious claims are regularly debunked. His weekly commentary, “Warning Signs”, is widely quoted and excerpted by leading Internet sites and often are published as opinion editorials. The URL of its Internet website is www.anxietycenter.com. His privately syndicated weekly column has hundreds of thousands of readers who visit the many leading news and opinion Internet sites that include CNSnews, Enter Stage Right, Pipeline News, Capitalism Magazine, Lincoln Heritage Institute, Conservative Battleline, Intellectual Conservative, Federal Observer, Canada Free Press, A Rational Advocate, New Media Journal, Eco-Logic Online, and several state-oriented news websites such as MichNews, Montanas News, and the Cheyenne Network. A reflection of his activities as the founder of both the Institute and Center, Mr. Caruba has been a popular guest on radio shows throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. He does many radio shows every year in addition to the occasional guest appearance on television. He has been on programs aired by Fox News Channel, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and other networks. He has appeared with Paula Zahn, Chris Matthews, Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin, and other leading TV personalities. Talkers Magazine has called him “one of the great guests of talk radio.” For more than four decades, beginning in his days as a journalist, Mr
Top customer reviews
When you need a breath of fresh air, common sense, and logic--with an unabashed conservative point of view--pick any essay and read it.
Often, I write lengthy reviews because I know full well my readers are not likely to buy the book I am describing, yet I still want them to get the essence of the wisdom conveyed by the authors. This lengthy review is the exception. Every word I use to describe it, and every quote I extract from it, is intended to drive you to your phone or mailbox to order this wonderful, easy-to-read $15 paperback.
I will send you a crisp $20 bill if, after you read it, you choose not to retain it and send it to me, as I plan to give it to all my friends for Christmas.
The following is an extensive sampling of what you will find in page after page of this wonderful book.
THE WISDOM OF ALAN CARUBA
"Why, then, do environmentalists target agriculture and ranching, so necessary to feed a huge worldwide population? Why have the Greens succeeded in banning many of the pesticides that protect crops against the many insects that attack them or herbicides that protect crops against weeds that can destroy them? Why would Greens want DDT banned when there is no proof it poses a health threat and indeed could protect the millions who die every year from malaria for the lack of it?
"Why is the use of nuclear power for the generation of electricity opposed by the Greens? Why is the construction of much-needed new refineries opposed? Why is the extraction of oil from a tiny section of Alaska opposed?
"The answer to these questions is that both the environmental and the animal rights movements are essentially opposed to the existence of the human population of Earth. Whatever may contribute to diminishing that population is encouraged. Whatever may contribute to ending famine or the diseases that kill people is discouraged."
"Indeed the story of the environmental movement is about the steady degradation of the American economy and other nations around the world. It is an attack on capitalism designed to thwart production of beneficial chemicals and pharmaceuticals, transportation, and every other element of the economy."
"ALF and ELF are terrorists, no less than al Qaeda or any other organization that uses violence. In 2003, the groups claimed responsibility for 75 actions, striking against fur farms, logging operations, Forest Service facilities, slaughterhouses, and other targets throughout northwestern states. With few arrests, they are becoming more and more emboldened."
"At the moment fuel cells are actually energy losers since it costs more to free the hydrogen than is earned by running hydrogen through fuel cells. I have often thought that this hydrogen economy seems intuitively flawed; using energy to make hydrogen to then be used as an energy source. Intuitively, it feels like the Escher painting with the water flowing uphill."
"Other than the idiotic notion of wind powered electricity which would require covering every square mile of the US with giant windmills to generate only a small percentage of what coal-operated utilities currently produce, Greens have never found any source of energy they really like. Some groups are actively trying to remove dams used to produce hydroelectricity, and what is cleaner than water power?"
"The greatest waste of energy is to fail to use those resources within our own national borders. This is a deliberate effort to deny Americans access to their own energy, and it is what environmentalism and Democrats are all about."
"There was a time when local school boards were in charge of local schools. Those days are long gone. Today the teachers' unions control all aspects of education in America and they dominate the Department of Education. They are considered a keystone of the Democratic Party and acknowledged by all as extremely liberal.
"As such, they have worked hard to deconstruct the former system of education that produced well-educated students up to the 1950s, and replaced it with a system that now produces children deliberately rendered ignorant of the basic skills, of history, of civics, of geography, et cetera. Add to this the massive infusion of lies about the Earth's environment throughout the entire curriculum."
"Would it be that we could 'tweak' the entire education system in America and make it work again? The reality, however, is that the thing is broken. It doesn't work.
"Year after year, children pass through it from kindergarten to twelfth grade, too frequently emerging into the world full of the leftist and environmental nonsense of no value to anyone but the puppet masters who have crafted programs designed to make them docile, easily manipulated little citizens of the world."
No one understands the immigration problem better or more objectively than Caruba. While being a strong supporter of our Latino population, he accurately criticizes the Bush administration for echoing so many of the United Nations-generated globalist policies that ignore the unrecognized threat of our 1,700-mile open border to allow a significant build-up of Muslim terrorists in our midst:
"There are a lot of reasons advanced to explain why the Bush administration will do nothing to stop the flow of illegals across our southern border, the vast bulk of whom are Mexicans, but the one I had not heard until [recently] was that Mexico would collapse without the money sent back by the Mexicans, legal and illegal, among us. When you look at the economic data, it is the one explanation that begins to make sense."
We are all besieged by editorial after editorial trying to explain the problems in the Arab world. After you read Caruba's "Can Islam Reform Itself?" you will quickly understand the problem and will need to read little more:
"Those candidates who have berated President Bush for having lied us into the war in Iraq miss the essential reason for our liberation of the nation. We are projecting our power to threaten any nation that harbors the jihadists. It is a matter of national survival."
"The notion that millions of Muslims are bent on killing us for being infidels is beyond our imagination. The fact that this is preached in thousands of mosques is ever more bizarre and frightening."
You are going to love this book--you have my word on it!
Jay Lehr, Ph.D. ([...]) is science director for The Heartland Institute.
Wielding a sharp pen, the author expertly demolishes leftist arguments and more important, shows what is really behind them. For example, he argues convincingly that fanatic environmentalists really want to reduce the human population by any means necessary. Their agenda is an asault on capitalism with the aim of destroying beneficial medicines, chemicals, transportation and most things that are good to civilization.
He criticises the Bush Administration for its wrong-headed embrace of many globalist policies like unhindered illegal immigration from Mexico and examines the role of the teacher's unions in the deteriorating quality of education. Caruba's take on Islamism is lucid and penetrating, especially where he explains the mindset of the enemy and the real state of development of the Arab world.
In his short but illuminating work, the author brings rational analysis and common sense to all of the most serious problems of our times. It is especially valuable for its myth busting and its exposure of how political correctness is leading us to destruction. I also recommend Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity by John Stossel, Sinisterism by Bruce Walker, The Professors by David Horowitz and Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen Hicks.