Death by Liberalism: The Fatal Outcome of Well-Meaning Liberal Policies

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More Americans have been killed by well-meaning liberal policies than by all the wars of the last century combined. J. R. Dunn not only analyzes the unintended consequences of liberal policies, but argues that these consequences have resulted in millions of fatalities in the United States and around the world.

Liberalism sees itself as a rational and helpful philosophy that seeks to use the benign power of the government to improve our safety, health, and general welfare. In ...

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More Americans have been killed by well-meaning liberal policies than by all the wars of the last century combined. J. R. Dunn not only analyzes the unintended consequences of liberal policies, but argues that these consequences have resulted in millions of fatalities in the United States and around the world.

Liberalism sees itself as a rational and helpful philosophy that seeks to use the benign power of the government to improve our safety, health, and general welfare. In doing so, it relies on the authority of experts to devise the most rational means of realizing these goals. Unfortunately, when these well-meaning plans go awry, as they too often do, the results can be disastrous, even deadly. As J. R. Dunn persuasively argues in this thoroughly documented book, death by liberalism occurs in all fields and at all levels of society. Motorists, workers, even children taken under the state's protection—all have fallen victim to liberal policies. What's more, the numbers are staggering. Liberalism can be implicated in the deaths of hundreds of thousands in this country, and millions worldwide.

Dunn's detailed and deliberative account takes no cheap shots but relies on well-established facts to show liberalism's fatal consequences in numerous aspects of our lives—from crime and abortion to fuel-efficiency standards and the banning of DDT, from gun control to urban renewal. Dunn also pinpoints areas in which liberal interventions in the making are likely to produce more suffering and death, such as legal euthanasia, and identifies some of the leading liberals—including George Soros—behind the spread of these lethal initiatives.

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Publishers Weekly
Dunn, a novelist and military encyclopedist, indicts liberals for interventionist big-government policies that have sparked "mass negligent homicide." He finds fault with fuel-efficiency standards that promote unsafe small cars, environmental regulations protecting mountain lions, and the phase-out of ozone-depleting chloro-fluorocarbons. The author makes a cogent case against several misguided government policies, from destructive urban renewal schemes to asbestos-abatement hysteria, but inflates the particulars into an attack on liberal "rationalism," the desire to use reason to solve human problems and a refusal to acknowledge that "this is not a universe governed by logic." Insufficient citations and such claims as "no one goes without care" in the U.S." sap the book's authority and might well prevent Dunn's own "well-meaning" arguments from finding wider credence. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews

A cri de coeur from another outraged right-winger about the supposed evils of liberalism.

If Sarah Palin could command a sentence, she might write something like this: "A self-styled elite has surreptitiously implemented policies that kill their fellow citizens without discussion, without debate, with no agreement or even awareness on the part of the public at large, without any consideration of alternatives and options." That killing bit seems to disturb American Thinker contributing editor and novelist Dunn (Full Tide of Night, 1998, etc.), who hits on it at several points from the very first sentence, in which he intones, "Liberalism kills." But why and how? It kills because all those welfare queens out there make us work until our heart muscles pop out of our American chests, something that those un-American liberals are secretly hoping for. It kills because regulations on things such as pollution keep us all from being fabulously rich. It kills because, as at Fort Hood, soldiers aren't allowed to sport personal weapons while on duty, which allows disaffected Islamists to go on the rampage. (If only soldiers were allowed to carry guns!) It kills because it lacks the wisdom of George W. Bush, "his sense of purpose, his clarity of vision." It kills because it's a not-so-secret front for environmental extremists such as, well, Barack Obama, who really wants to eliminate humankind through such nefarious programs as cap-and-trade, "which will leave only a handful of wretched survivors living a Neolithic existence." It kills because it puts things like health-care reform in place, launching the trajectory from "idealistic origins" to "degeneration accompanied by mass fatalities." And so forth. Those swayed by such things will find aid and comfort in Dunn's screed; those versed in logic and history will find many points with which to argue.

To this book's favor, though, there are more footnotes than in a Glenn Beck diatribe, and without the Woodrow Wilson bashing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061873805
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

J. R. Dunn is the author of three novels, This Side of Judgment, Days of Cain, and Full Tide of Night, and his work has been published in various magazines and anthologies. He has been an associate editor of The International Military Encyclopedia since 1992, and is now a contributing editor for American Thinker.

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