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Posted November 23, 2002
An Antipodean View.
After reading this book much that goes on in American politics became clearer to me. It seems that, after the Nixon era, and during the Clinton Administration, the conservative side of US politics was siezed by a mania that dictated "the end justafies the means," a condition that laid it open to manipulation by people who had agendas that tend to be antithetical to a democratic society. Brock describes a group of what V.I. Lenin termed "useful fools," except these useful fools were induviduals who termed themselves "Conservative," individuals who were motivated by nothing save a formless rage against society and, one would assume, ultimately themselves, open to manipulation. Indeed, the state of US conservatism as depicted reminded me of a comment that George Dangerfield made on the Conservative Party in his work "The Strange Death of Liberal England": "The Tory philosophy, up to the beginning of the War, might be summed up this way: be Conservative about good things, and Radical about bad things. This philosophy, so far as can be seen, has only one flaw; it was always the Tories who decided what was good and what was bad. This kind of decision can be made time and time again with the best results; but it contains, in its very essence, some fatal and arbitrary elements, and the mere effort of having to make it has been known to produce any number of fanatics, tyrants, martyrs, minor prophets, and, indeed, most of the disagreeable creatures which have ever plagued this long-suffering planet. In 1912, the Tories decided that a Parliament controlled by a Liberal majority was a Bad thing." Replace Tory woth Republican, Liberal with Democrat, and make the date that of Clinton's election, and you haver the situation Brock describes. Dangerfield also had this to say, which is also totally applicable: "Everything they did... was aimed... against the very existance of Parliament... An utterly constitutional party, they set out to wreck the Constitution; and they very nearly succeeded." Similar forces to what brock described are operating here in Australia, with similar agendas. Brock's book is a timely warning to all about how the hidden agendas of small, shadowy groups can hijack the platform and, indeed, whole parties without the majority knowing it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2002
This is an excellent contribution in the effort to expose the hypocrisy and deception of the 'Christian' Right, which is far more influential politically than most people would even imagine. If you are interested, read Real Prophecy Unveiled, by Joseph J. Adamson, which not only exposes hypocrites but also provides the real meaning of prophecy to counteract the 'last days-end times' nonsense. Thank God for books like these, because they shed light in a world made dark by 'religious' bigotry, hypocrisy, and aggression.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2002
A well written expose by a political insider. Fairly even handed reporting. However, I am left to wonder if the same egoism and self deception that lead him to the conservative movement is now leading him the other direction. A worthwhile read nevertheless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.