Dismantling America: And Other Controversial Essays

Dismantling America: And Other Controversial Essays

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by Thomas Sowell
     
 

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These wide-ranging essays—on many individual political, economic, cultural and legal issues—have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries. This decline has been more than an erosion. It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of

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These wide-ranging essays—on many individual political, economic, cultural and legal issues—have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries. This decline has been more than an erosion. It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must over-ride both the traditions of the country and the will of the people.

Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society.

This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people determined that this country's values, history, laws, traditions and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed. Such people will not stop dismantling America unless they get stopped—and the next election may be the last time to stop them, before they take the country beyond the point of no return.

 

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ISBN-13:
9780465022595
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/10/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
555,266
File size:
424 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has published in both academic journals in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine and Fortune, and writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

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Dismantling America and Other Controversial Essays (Large Print 16pt) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by this common sense author/economist. His clear, no nonsence look at our government and how they have, as the title states, dismantled this country both ecomomically and judiciously. Dr. Sowel does not mix words nor does he fix the blame on anyone political party or President, but rather shows clearly how polititians have systematically perverted the Constitution and dooped the American citizen into believing that they are looking out for you, when in fact they're just looking to get re-elected. Dr Sowel shows in these short essays, how the government has failed time after time and program after program with disaterous results. One of his quotes, not found in this book, truly reflects how this government, or any government thinks and functions. He said " Nothing is more stupid or dangerous than putting decisions in the hands of those people who pay no price for being wrong". If you are interested in this book, I recommend that you read it with an open mind and leave your political affiliation at the door. Dr Sowel makes no bones that he is a Conservative, but is quick to blame Republicans for economic blunders an wastefull spending.
statomattic More than 1 year ago
The first book I read by Sowell was "Intellectuals and Society," and I wrote in my review that reading it was as enlightening as taking the most interesting course you ever took in college, taught by a rogue conservative who somehow wound up on the faculty. Well if "Intellectuals and Society" was a specialized, upper-level course, "Dismantling America" could be considered the introductory survey course (Sowell 101). That is by no means meant as a put-down. This book is wide-ranging and fantastic. Sowell's logic is undeniable and he will broaden your mind, whether he is pontificating on political, economic or social issues or simply something else that happens to be on his mind. As this is a collection of columns from the past couple of years, a few of them have been rendered slightly dated by real-world events, but even these are well worth your time. The drawback to the collection of columns is that a few of Sowell's thoughts and examples repeat themselves in multiple essays, but this is a relatively minor quibble. It also doesn't go too far in depth on any one issue, but like I said, this could be considered a "survey course." And what a survey course it is. A wonderful addition to the collection of any open-minded thinker. The section of "random thoughts" at the end is worth the price alone. Highly, highly recommended.
Nealstermc More than 1 year ago
Usually I'm not a fan of books when writers take a collection of their columns and throw them in a book. This book is an exception. While many of Sowell's commentaries are specific to past current events but he puts them in a broader historical context that makes sense past, present and future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such thought provoking topics with pure genius insight.
kelson More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with Mr. Sowell.
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