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Uncivil Wars: The Controversy Over Reparations for Slavery Hardcover – December 1, 2001

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"Horowitz . . . is certainly correct that there is a problem of political correctness on many college campuses. . . . Some divisive ideas--particularly about race and gender--are unwelcome by administrators, faculty members and students in many colleges and universities."

"Horowitz sees . . . the reparations movement is motivated not primarily by a concern for justice. It exists instead to denigrate America's founding ideals--ideals that contributed to slavery's end--and to perpetuate a sense of race-based entitlement and victimhood that harms blacks today far more than does the legacy of slavery."

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David Horowitz is the author of Radical Son, The Politics of Bad Faith, Left Illusions, and other books. He is the President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in Los Angeles, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893554449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893554443
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,870,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...unfortunately, all slaves and their former masters are dead. Demagogues like Cornell West base their demand for payout on fallacious and ridiculous arguments that defy reason and logic. Forcing the current population of Americans to pay for the sins of people that lived over 150 years ago is not the triumph of morality, it is the negation of morality, holding people responsible for acts that not only weren't committed by them, but weren't even committed by any of their ancestors. (We are an immigrant nation, after all.) To argue that people who had no part whatsoever in slavery are morally responsible requires such intellectual contortions as would confound any psychologist. David Horowitz has provided a public service with this book, both by exposing both the fraud of the reparations movement, and the intellectual dry-rot that has infected an academia that would support such a proposition and engage in browshirted tactics to try to silence any opposition to it.
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Format: Hardcover
In this book, conservative commentator David Horowitz actually fights two fronts in he liberal-conservative "culture war".One is the idea of race reparations for slavery, the other, the entrenched leftist ideology of the modern American university. Horowitz began his battle by formulating "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery Is A Bad Idea--And Racist, Too" and sent it to 71 college newspapers nationwide in the form of an advertisement. The first half of the book deals mainly with reaction to the ad on college campuses. Horowitz details the reaction of university student newspaper editors, profeessors and administrators at places such as UC Berkeley, The University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Brown University. Here, Horowitz tells a chilling, frightening account of the kind of censorship attempted by the far left-of-center campus "commisars". This section is an eye-opener for those who still believe that our American universities are centers for the free exchange of ideas. The section on Brown University, and the lengths that some of the students would go to to suppress the ad is particularly disturbing.The last sections of the book are mainly devoted to the idea of reaparations for slavery itself. The idea itself has been floating around for many years, but has gained monmentum in the last decade due to the publication of the bestselling book "The Debt" by black activist Randall Robinson as well as the formal adoption of the reparations concept by the city councils of several US population centers including Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Horowitz gives a reasoned,well-researched refutation of the reaparations concept which leaves one wondering what the folks populating the campi were worried about. Could they be afraid of the truth? Buy this book. It is an essential part of the debate on an issue that will continue to be part of the American landscape, and a revelation to those who seek the truth.
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Format: Hardcover
As an accomplished and voracious reader, I judge any book (and thus also judge the author) by its "readability", "relevance", and "reliability". The best reading most enjoying text is essentially worthless if the topic is irrelevant, or if the writer is unreliable. Conversely, a highly reliable and perfectly relevant piece is of equally little value if it has the readability of a parts assembly guide. To my positive delight I recently discovered that David Horowitz's work more than meets my criteria in this regard. I find everything that he writes to have been well researched and eminently factual; and at the same time highly readable, thoroughly enjoyable. Uncivil Wars is no exception. Count on Mr. Horowitz to pull no punches in his relentless presentation of painful truths.
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As the author says, Uncivil Wars is two books in one. It describes the way in which a small but dedicated totalitarian left is able to stifle discussion of critical issues on college campuses across the nation, and it is also a look at the struggle for the soul of black America. The reparations movement is the most powerful attempt to turn black America against this country. That it does so in time of war is a matter that is both serious and disturbing.
Sadly enough, reparations today is a critical socio-political issue. Already most black organizations and media outlets have endorsed the reparations claim, as have 38 congressional sponsors of a reparations bill and the city councils of Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco and other cities. The State of California has already written into law and funded a Reparations Bill that will assess how much black slaves are owed even though they're dead and even though California never had any slaves.
The issue will gain additional prominence with the ascendancy of Al Sharpton's campaign for the Presidency in 2004.
This book is not about mainstream liberalism, but the growing fringe of totalitarian and collectivist (postmodern) thought that's shutting down intellectual diversity on campus and gaining influence within the liberal movenment in America. It documents the authoritarian methods and the intolerant mentality of the left wing professoriat and their minions.
Uncivil Wars will be hated and burned by the authoritarian left. It's written by one who was formerly their own. And it documents the progress of political correctness, multiculturalism, and totalitarian collectivism in corrupting traditional American liberalism and the Party of John F. Kennedy.
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