The First Thing We Do Is Kill All The Isms [NOOK Book]

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The most prolific killer of innocents in all of human history is not disease or natural disaster. It is a diseased way of thinking that the author calls Ismitis. Communism, conservatism, Catholicism, pacifism, Nazism, patriotism, socialism, creationism, laissez faire capitalism – all have one thing in common. They are closed systems of thinking that provide deceptively easy, all-encompassing, pre-packaged answers to questions that are often objectively unanswerable. They suggest, insist, and sometimes demand, ...
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The most prolific killer of innocents in all of human history is not disease or natural disaster. It is a diseased way of thinking that the author calls Ismitis. Communism, conservatism, Catholicism, pacifism, Nazism, patriotism, socialism, creationism, laissez faire capitalism – all have one thing in common. They are closed systems of thinking that provide deceptively easy, all-encompassing, pre-packaged answers to questions that are often objectively unanswerable. They suggest, insist, and sometimes demand, that all of us see and organize our world along party lines. They promise paradise, nirvana, eternal harmony, enlightenment, and happiness to the faithful, and use denigration, vilification, death and the threat of eternal damnation to their doubters. Throughout history they have set up ism businesses that sell nothing more than false hope and dangerously easy answers. They accumulate vast fortunes and enormous power selling oversimplification and bad ideas to the masses who are afraid of the unknown and refuse to think for themselves.

Kill All the Isms is a Jonathan Swift meets George Carlin approach to the intrinsic absurdity of ideologies – secular and religious – and the venality, megalomania and utter shamelessness of their salesmen. Glenn Beck, Jessie Jackson, Jr., Michelle Bachmann, John Wayne, Governor Rick Perry, Pope Benedict XVI, Yahweh of the Old Testament, and Donald Trump are among the cast of ism characters that you will meet, laugh at, and watch fall from false grace along the way. Agree or disagree, you will understand why the author argues that the only good ism is a dead ism.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016551463
  • Publisher: Howie Siegel
  • Publication date: 4/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 411 KB

Meet the Author

Howie Siegel, an attorney and former NBC legal commentator, spent 35 years establishing a national reputation as a litigation specialist, handling and winning controversial cases that the established legal community said could not be won. He appeared on 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, Larry King Live, The Today Show, Dateline, and PBS’s Inside the Law. He resides in Johns Island, South Carolina with his wife and two dogs, where he writes and searches for the secret of golf.
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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    I find the humor outrageously funny and the philosophy just as e

    I find the humor outrageously funny and the philosophy just as entertaining.  Howard is never at a loss for words, especially as they relate to his topic.  It is a must read for a lonely Saturday night.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Funny? Yes. Sarcastic? Yes. Substantive? Even more so! The autho

    Funny? Yes. Sarcastic? Yes. Substantive? Even more so! The author has written the perfect antidote for those troubled by years of bias and misrepresentations.
    This book is loaded with intellectual rebuttals for a vast array of Conservatives' distortions. Readers from all points along the political spectrum will find value in tthis read.

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