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Reading your way through the most important election in American history.
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• Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative by Jedediah Bilah. This smart, funny but deadly serious book pinpoints with precision the almost laughable elitism that has infected liberalism and the Democrats. The “I’m smarter than thou” thinking that is so hilariously misplaced it would be worthy of a sitcom were it not so serious in its impact on the country. Ms. Bila tells her own personal tale of survival amidst this kind of thinking in the heart of liberal Manhattan. But make no mistake — this thinking is everywhere in the liberal world. After all — who needs God in a platform if one is smarter than God?
• The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment by Fred Lucas. So your burst of sanity from the media world comes from listening to Rush or Sean or Mark or Laura or Glenn or a whole host of others? This is the book that explains the history of talk radio (it goes back further than you think) and explains how it got to be the lifeline to so many millions of Americans. If you’re interested in the personalities, the history and the impact of talk radio, Fred Lucas has the story.
• Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis by Ludwig von Mises. We’ll end with some of the classics — and this is surely one. Unless you’re a speed reader, this doorstop of a book will take you well beyond the election to read. But if you settle in, this is one of the gold standard looks at socialism and, by extension, everything the Obama administration has been trying to do. It’s one of GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan’s favorites — and you can bet he’s read it from cover to cover.
• The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek is another classic from, as Ryan called them at The American Spectator dinner last year “the Austrians.” Suffice to say, if Obama ever read it — he doesn’t get it. Or he does.
• Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton and Rose Friedman. Obama surely didn’t read this one either. Why bother?
• Witness by Whittaker Chambers. Yes, I know. The Soviets are gone. But the idea of socialism which Chambers witnessed against is still alive and well. Another doorstop. But a key to much that still goes on.
That’s enough, yes? Are there others? Absolutely. Doubtless you will have your favorites. Maybe you won’t read a one.
But know this. In these books are contained everything you need to know about the question of 2012.
We book report. You decide.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?