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Posted January 26, 2001
This book will change the political universe as we know it
The Question is not how good Watson's book is, but rather the question should be 'why haven't you read it yet?' This book embodies all that is good and pure about both political and philosophical analysis. Through a tour de force of modern philosophy, Watson ingeniously explains the philosophical underpinnings of modern American thought, i.e. 'self- expressive' individualism. If this were not enough, Watson takes this abstract philosophical disposition and applies it to practical America; particularly the American judicial system. To give his political manifestio a twist that only he gould provide, Watson even goes as far as to compare the modern Canadian judicial system, which has essentially bent to the will of modern American legal activism, to prove his point (his point being that 'self- expressive' individualism, the greatest threat to democracy, necessarily sprouts from democracy itself. Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy is truly a work of art for anyone who wishes to exercise thier brain beyond Oprah's book of the month club. And for all you kids out there, don't read Harry Potter, read Brad Watson! If you do not indulge yourself in such a truly stimulating book (that works on both the simple- minded moron and intellectual who thinks that they are smart levels) you have truly wasted at least some small portion of your existance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.