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Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage Paperback – May 26, 2015
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Americans will be astounded to learn the history of the movement to undo the institution and definition of marriage, and its ultimate purposes. Takedown is a powerful documentary in an accessible book, and the one most critical to engage in our time, to face what comes next. --Sarah Liaugminas, host of A Closer Look and author of Non-Negotiable
Takedown by Paul Kengor switches on the krieg lights to expose the shadowy theoreticians and practicioners who have undermined marriage for over a century. Kengor s careful research shows that the hammer used to smash the House of Marriage has been invariably accompanied by the sickle used to cut the power cables. If you want to understand the ideology behind the sudden juggernaut against the millennia-old definitions of marriage and family, get this book. --Patrick Coffin, host of Catholic Answers Live and author of Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It s Good For Your Marriage
About the Author
Paul Kengor is a bestselling author whose works include 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: the Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor. His articles regularly appear in publications ranging from USA Today to The New York Times, plus numerous academic journals. A frequent commentator on television and radio, Kengor earned his bachelor s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his master s from American University.
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If so, then this book is an excellent resource to begin your education. For those of us who have been pointing out that the destructive impacts of Communism are still with us today, Mr. Kengor explains it more clearly than anyone I've ever read.
And the author even shares some interesting historical facts about some of the things inside the closet of Obama's Hawaiian mentor -- and his Communist Card number is the least shocking!! The MSM, of course, couldn't be bothered to investigate any of it, because it would have discredited Obama; Obama, of course, was no dummy, which is why he simply called him "Frank" in his autobiography. Obama is simply standing in a long line of Marxist sympathizers -- or actually Commies -- who have planned and worked for the takedown for a number of generations now. You may normally find reading about 19th-century philosophers tedious, but Kengor keeps it pithy, interesting, and relevant. (He doesn't bog down the reader in philosophical ruminations.)
Knowing those who have advocated these recent changes, you'll be able to figure out that changing the nature of marriage isn't the end game. The people who have fought for so long and so hard for the overthrow of America, by overthrowing the Judeo-Christian belief system, are NOT going to be satisfied with their current victory and gains, because "changing marriage" is just one of the means chosen to help them realize their ends.
Here's a professor who isn't a boring egghead. I finished the book in days, and you will too.
nothing is forbidden, but what is not fashionable will hardly ever find its way into periodicals or books or be heard in colleges." In the wake of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling -- anticipated, though not yet handed down at the time of publication -- TAKEDOWN will hardly be considered fashionable. (Solzhenitsyn did not say that such things would never appear.) Perhaps our ability to consider and discuss the exhaustive case
Dr. Kengor presents will be a good test of whether or not this is a better country than Solzhenitsyn described in 1978.
TAKEDOWN takes us through the role cultural Marxists played in helping create the atmosphere in which marriage is considered and defined in the media, colleges and the circles of elite opinion. He traces the development of cultural Marxism that went beyond the largely, but not exclusively,
economic writings of Marx and Engels, by their ideological heirs at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt in the
1920s. Scholars from that Institute brought their doctrines to the United States when they fled Hitler in the 1930s and found a welcoming home on
American campuses, most prominently at Columbia University. Dr. Kengor follows the train of their teaching and writings down to very recognizable names today. Again, the documentation in the book is exhaustive, as will not surprise anyone familiar with any of Dr. Kengor's other works.
The link between all that is presented and Orbegefell v. Hodges may be highly debatable. That is a debate one might think many of those applauding Orbegefell would like to declare over. But if it is not, if, as the author Colin Wilson once wrote, "In history, no one has the last word,"
then one can only hope that everyone will come to the debate as thoroughly and thoughtfully prepared as Dr. Kengor has shown himself to be.
Although it must be noted that Dr. Kengor sets no such aim for himself in the book. He writes:
Readers will wonder if I am looking to halt the redefinition and transformation, if I am endeavoring to help change the mind of American
culture on gay marriage with this book, to which I respond: Are you kidding? America has entered a protracted phase of post-Christian
thinking and ethics, a dismal state where individualism and a dictatorship of relativism reign supreme, fostered by a long line of
incredibly naive parents who marched their children in wide-eyed cadence through the educational system at costs both financial and
moral. Nothing short of a major religious revival will save it. My task with this book is diagnostic: to simply help explain how
America slowly but steadily walked to the marriage-family precipice where it now stands.
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the USA should read this book asap!
I have given it as gifts as well.Read more