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Posted January 27, 2011
The title of this book refers to the surprising find that the author came across in his research: conservatives are much more generous than liberals. This flies in the face of the conventional wisdom where even president Bush had to brandish his 2000 campaign as "compassionate conservatism". It turns out "compassionate" is redundant: conservatives of all stripes outflank liberalism when it comes to charitable giving and generosity. This is a very stable and robust find, and it turns out that it does not depend on the kind of charity: money, time, treasure, blood donations, secular or religious causes, in all those categories conservatives, especially the religious kind, are by far more giving and generous than anyone else. One of the great strengths of this book is the reliance on empirical, quantifiable, data and not case studies or the word of mouth. Even though the book is data driven, it is eminently readable and should be read by anyone who has even the slightest interest in public policy debate.
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Posted October 26, 2009
The problem(s) with this terrifically boring read (apart from the boredom factor) is that its research is a lot of fiction. Are we seriously supposed to believe there is any statistcal veracity here--because I certainly didn't find any. How can you believe any one would really spend years researching something like this? And then on top of that, they'd have you believe that some of the reseach the author drew on was from others researching this same concern--which in the end is really researching "Who can we point a finger at and make wrong?" How lame! Why don't you research How to Better Create Peace or something worthy of a readers eyes and heart. Not this boring same old cremudgeonly balme blather.
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