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Dismantling America : and other controversial essays - Thomas Sowell

Dismantling America

and other controversial essays

Hardcover Published: 10th August 2010
ISBN: 9780465022519
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

Prefacep. vii
Government Policiesp. 1
Dismantling Americap. 5
Dismantling America: Part IIp. 5
Playing Freedom Cheapp. 11
Pretty Talk and Ugly Realitiesp. 14
The Blame Gamep. 17
Bowing to ôWorld Opinionöp. 20
Subsidizing Bad Decisionsp. 23
Are You an ôExtremistö?p. 26
Varieties of Nothingp. 29
What Are They Buying?p. 32
Cheap Political Theaterp. 35
The Limits of Powerp. 38
Serious or Suicidal?p. 41
Are We France?p. 44
Notional Securityp. 47
A Fatal Trajectoryp. 50
Survival Optionalp. 53
Words versus Realitiesp. 56
Morally Paralyzedp. 59
Point of No Returnp. 62
Something for Nothing?p. 65
Political Issuesp. 69
The Art of the Impossiblep. 74
Solving Whose Problem?p. 77
It's Pricellessp. 80
Inept Republicansp. 83
The Brainy Bunchp. 86
Mascot Politicsp. 89
Utopia versus Freedomp. 92
Magic Words in Politicsp. 95
A War of Wordsp. 98
Republicans in the Wildernessp. 101
Burke and Obamap. 104
Oily Politicsp. 107
Photographic Fraudp. 110
Political Corruptionp. 113
Tragic Implicationsp. 116
A Home Invader Program?p. 119
An Ugly Realityp. 122
Fables for Adultsp. 125
Economic Issuesp. 129
Tax Cuts and ôTrickle Downöp. 133
Income Confusionp. 136
Upside Down Economicsp. 139
An Economic Whodunitp. 142
False Solutions and Real Problemsp. 145
Curing Poverty or Using Poverty?p. 148
The ôGreedö Fallacyp. 151
Payday Loansp. 154
Stimulus or Sedative?p. 157
French Student Riotsp. 160
That ôTop One Percentöp. 163
Race and Economicsp. 166
The ôCostsö of Medical Carep. 169
The ôCostsö of Medical Care: Part IIp. 172
The ôCostsö of Medical Care: Part IIIp. 175
The ôCostsö of Medical Care: Part IVp. 178
Jobs or Snow Jobs?p. 181
A Glimmer of Hopep. 184
An Off-Budget Office?p. 187
Cultural Issuesp. 191
Taking America for Grantedp. 195
De-Programming Studentsp. 198
Attention-Gettersp. 201
Mind-Changing Booksp. 204
The Great Escapep. 207
The Fallacy of ôFairnessöp. 210
The Fallacy of ôFairnessö: Part IIp. 213
The Fallacy of ôFairnessö: Part IIIp. 216
The Fallacy of ôFairnessö: Part IVp. 219
Adolescent Intellectualsp. 222
Ivan and Boris Againp. 225
An Investment in Failurep. 228
The Underdogsp. 231
Artificial Stupidityp. 234
Too Many Apologiesp. 237
The Bullet Countersp. 240
Old Boxing Matchesp. 243
The Right to Winp. 246
Freedom and the Leftp. 249
The Gratingest Generationp. 252
The ôScienceö Mantrap. 255
ôIntellectualsöp. 258
Autism Cures?p. 261
All the ôNewsö?p. 264
Myths of '68p. 267
Say It Ain't Sop. 270
Preserving a Visionp. 273
Legal Issuesp. 277
ôEmpathyö versus Lawp. 282
ôEmpathyö versus Law: Part IIp. 285
The Legal Meatgrinderp. 288
Supreme Farcep. 291
The Left and Crimep. 294
The Left and Crime: Part IIp. 297
High-Stakes Courtsp. 300
The Duke Rape Casep. 303
The Duke Rape Case: Part IIp. 306
The Duke Rape Case: Part IIIp. 309
The Duke Rape Case: Part IVp. 312
Good Riddancep. 315
A Tangled Webp. 318
Talking Pointsp. 321
Gay ôMarriageöp. 324
Tabloid TV ôJusticeöp. 327
Random Thoughtsp. 331
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ISBN: 9780465022519
ISBN-10: 0465022510
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 10th August 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1