A Book of Libertarian Philosophy
Published on February 5, 2006 By Sturgee In Misc
Okay, just finished another politically oriented book. This one was titled "The Ten Things You Can't Say In America", written by Larry Elder. I give the book a 4 out of 5. Not the best work I've ever read, and there were some points that Larry made along the way that I question (along the lines of "your argument sounds good, but how valid is your data"?).

Overall, the book was pretty good. Not much new information for me, but I've done a bit of reading on modern political philosophy and answers to political, social, and economic problems in America, so I don't think I'm the "average" reader. If you are interested in getting a new viewpoint on some issues, this book might be an interesting read. Larry is a Libertarian, so he criticizes both the "left" and the "right", and presents what he considers to be the common sense approach to a bunch of issues.

The "Ten Things" referenced in the title are:

"Blacks are more racist than whites."
"White condescension is more damaging than white racism."
"There is no health-care crisis."
"The War on Drugs is the new Vietnam - and we're losing."
"Republicans and Democrats are the same beast in different rhetoric."
"Gun control advocates have blood on their hands."
"America's greatest problem? Illegitimacy."
"The welfare state is our national narcotic."
"There is no glass ceiling."
"The media bias: It's real, it's widespread, it's destructive."

If any of these seem provocative to you, the book might be an interesting read. Again, it's a pretty good book, but I've heard a number of the arguments before, so not a lot of new information for me.

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