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Clarence Thomas and the Tough Love Crowd : Counterfeit Heroes and Unhappy Truths - Ronald Suresh Roberts

Clarence Thomas and the Tough Love Crowd

Counterfeit Heroes and Unhappy Truths

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780814774540
Number Of Pages: 236

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In recent years, black neoconservatism has captured the national imagination. Clarence Thomas sits on the Supreme Court. Stephen Carter's opinions on topics ranging from religion to the confirmation process are widely quoted. "The New Republic "has written that black neoconservative Thomas Sowell was having a greater influence on the discussion of matters of race and ethnicity than any other writer of the past ten years.

In this compelling and vividly argued book, Ronald Roberts reveals how this attention has turned an eccentricity into a movement. Black neoconservatives, Roberts believes, have no real constituency but, as was the case with Clarence Thomas, are held up--and proclaim themselves--as simply and ruthlessly honest, as above mere self-interest and crude political loyalties. They profess a concern for those they criticize, claiming to possess an objective truth which sets them apart from their critics in the establishment Left. They claim to be outsiders even while sustained by the culture's most powerful institutions. As they level attacks at the activist organizations they perceive as moribund, every significant argument they advance rests on fervent mantras of harsh truths and simple realities.

Enlisting the ideal of impartiality as a partisan weapon, this Tough Love Crowd has elevated the familiar wisdom of Spare the rod and spoil the child to the arena of national politics. Turning to their own writings and proclamations, Roberts here serves up a devastating critique of such figures as Clarence Thomas, Shelby Steele, Stephen Carter, and V. S. Naipaul (Tough Love International). Clarence Thomas and the Tough Love Crowd marks the emergence of a provocative and powerful voice on our cultural and political landscape, a voice which holds those who subscribe to this polemically powerful ideology accountable for their opinions and actions.

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"Will provoke a lively and vigorous debate among liberals, conservatives, and radicals of many different colors. Roberts is a cultural critic in the tradition of Cornel West, Trey Ellis, Michele Wallace, and bell hooks, with a powerful, passionate, and brash voice."--Angela P. Harris, University of California, Berkeley

Preface: The Tough Love Crowd: Disciplined Heroes
The Truth Trap
Reality: The Opium of Progressivesp. 3
Julien Benda's Constitutionp. 19
Tough Love U.S.A.
Tough Love Literatip. 29
Tough Love Economistp. 32
Tough Love Lawyersp. 37
Negro Crit Law
Is Law Like a Friar's Roast?p. 73
Can We Judge Judges?p. 82
Tough Love Judge
Justice Thomas's Sinsp. 115
Tough Love International
Sir Vidia Naipaul's Revolutionary Truthp. 173
Conclusion: What's So Scary about Partisanship?p. 194
Notesp. 197
Indexp. 215
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780814774540
ISBN-10: 0814774547
Series: Open Access Lib and Hc
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 1st December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.1  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.45

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