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Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

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69 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

Shocking, But Incredibly Enlightening

I picked up an advance copy from a friend of a friend. I have already read Beck's "Common Sense", so I thought I was ready for "Arguing WIth Idiots." I was wrong! I give a lot of credit to Beck for saying what's on his mind and I do agree with many of the things he beli...
I picked up an advance copy from a friend of a friend. I have already read Beck's "Common Sense", so I thought I was ready for "Arguing WIth Idiots." I was wrong! I give a lot of credit to Beck for saying what's on his mind and I do agree with many of the things he believes (i.e. the right to bear arms, big government is crazy and a colossal waste of money, etc.). I think that many people try to push Beck into the Republican camp, but he is not a Republican; he is pragmatic. He is being honest. He is being at times, frightening. Frightening in a good way as I believe he is trying to be the Paul Revere of Common Sense and people are starting to listen. While this book will certainly get many peole's blood boiling, it would be both foolish and dangerous to not hear the man out. This is a worthwhile read. Give it a shot; you won't be disappointed.

posted by Vinny325 on September 22, 2009

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63 out of 219 people found this review helpful.

Who's the idiot?

After listening to the preview and reading the excerpt I can see that Beck is a master at arguing with straw men he constructs. I love the idea of a domino effect mindset of people who argue that the Second Amendment is out dated; as though these people want to nefario...
After listening to the preview and reading the excerpt I can see that Beck is a master at arguing with straw men he constructs. I love the idea of a domino effect mindset of people who argue that the Second Amendment is out dated; as though these people want to nefariously end free speech and jury trials. I would like him to produce one serious critic of the NRA who has this in mind. The better argument against the NRA's interpretation of the Second Amendment is that the founders always believed in a state's power to regulate guns. The arguments that surrounded the inclusion of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights were centered on the power of states to maintain and train virtuous male citizens for their militia to provide for the "common defense" of a young untested republic against the manifold threats extant. One of those perceived threats was the standing army of the National Government. In those days (and I suppose Beck would consider me an idiot for understanding this) "the people" feared a regular army in the hands of the national government; they wanted a small force if any. Today I would suggest that Americans want a well trained regular army to defend our nation. Therefore, in a very real sense, the idea of the Second Amendment is outdated. Now, that doesn't necessarily call for massive gun control, but it does lend to the understanding that states should, and always did, retain the power to regulate gun ownership according to their unique circumstances. In other words, a guy living in Wyoming has very different needs and concerns surrounding gun ownership than a family living in an apartment building in Philadelphia. The family in Philadelphia would like to go to bed at night knowing that the persons living on either side of them isn't going to accidently discharge their AK-47 and kill their child sleeping in its crib.

Here's an idiotic use of evidence: In 1831 the state of Missouri limited the right of citizens to carry concealed weapons. This was a factor in the case State v Mitchell. The statute, a state regulation of gun ownership, was found to be constitutional. That shows that states had the power to regulate gun ownership. Wow, what an idiot I am.

Hey, but Beck is dressed up as a soldier for Halloween this year. I'm convinced. At least he didn't try to dress up as a scholar.

posted by DylanVoltaire on September 22, 2009

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

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    Beck should learn about the left before he writes about it.

    First of all, what is with the picture on the cover? Is Beck trying to parody the left as fascist? Is he like those protestors that put a Hitler mustache on a picture of Obama? Why is his face swollen in the picture? Beck looks like some East German border guard officer, circa 1986. On the back cover Beck has a tear. Now, if you like pictures in your books with comical sayings, this is the book for you. Beck writes critically of unions (as seems to be the obligation of every rightwing talk show host in America for some reason) but is shocked that unions give virtually no money to the GOP. He doesn't seem to understand that maybe,just maybe, it might have something to do with the GOP's vehement opposition to the rights of labor. Why would unions give any funds to a political party that basically hates organized labor? But who knows, maybe I am one of those "idiots" that Beck talks about. Beck also talks about the alien and sedition laws under Woodrow Wilson. He is right that these were deplorable laws but he tries to blame these laws on progressives because Wilson was overall a progressive. The problem with this is that the overall the progressives of that time opposed these laws and the conservatives supported them. Indeed, if Beck was alive 90 years ago he probably would side with the government. At least if the government was a Republican one. Beck, as all on the far right talks about treason but it is ironic that a man who is so apt to call political opponents as traitors is one who would condemn W. Wilson. I don't know if Beck's criticism of Wilson have more to do with Wilson violating basic civil rights or trying to make progressives look bad. I think it is the latter.
    Beck also talks about church/state issues. He mentions Jefferson's analogy in the Danbury letter of a "wall of seperation of church and state" but for some reason believes that the wall is one sided. He believes that the government can actively support religion and promote it instead of the government being neutral towards religion.
    Finally Beck has opposed the courts protecting the rights of minority groups and voices by showing a case that the courts didn't protect the rights of the minority. I know that I am one of these "idiots" Beck is probably talking about but logically the idea that it is a bad thing for courts to protect the rights of those whose rights have been violated or oppressed because a few times they didn't protect those rights, makes no sense. Beck by the way is a man who was elated, almost dancing in the street because the US didn't get the Olympics games because of his loathing of Barack Obama. At one time Americans loved having the Olympics in the US, now because of the hatred expressed by the far right to Obama, that no longer applies. Did much of the left hate Bush? Yes, but by no means was the hatred at this level. One just has to listen to talk radio, read blogs and listen to chatrooms to get a full measure of it.

    8 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    Understandable reastion from the progressive population.

    Unique and original layout. Non repeditive and the points are soncise witholut being laborious.!! I wasn"t worth a hoot at work, coculdn"t put it down- ALL NIGHT LONG !!

    Thank God this man is not a "journalist". If the "professionals" were doing their job. Glenn could do the fun stuff. . . There still is fun stuff out there-right?

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    Arguing with Idiots -food for thought

    Political commentaries are always two sided. Beck presents the side for less government. Being a conservative I see some valid points.... But the world is not black and white. The horse has already left the barn, so where do we go from here? How do we regain some of the freedoms our government has already taken? How do we change a society where many are self-centered and feel entitled? We can speak with our vote, but the political 'machine' is in place. Self interest and corruption are everywhere. The book points out the deviations from the founding fathers intentions...or at least, his perception of them. I guess that is a starting point.....awareness. It is easy to read and does give food for thought.

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