Book Review: Still the Best Hope
I deliberately get all of my news from sources with whose political slate I disagree (a practice I have had for 14 years now). Consequently, I have a window on both how the political Left perceives itself, and how it perceives the political Right.
From my perspective on the Right, the Left's perception of the Right is laughably inaccurate. I expect that, were a Leftist to read this book, they would consider its perception of the Left to be laughably inaccurate as well. It is my opinion that books that claim to explain what the other side believes are usually a waste of paper. No one is persuaded by them that does not already believe what they state.
For example, in the Introduction, he spends a couple of pages in the introduction arguing that Leftism is a religion. I have never, ever met anyone who was persuaded that there philosophy was a religion. You may be able to persuade people that their philosophy serves the same purpose as a religion, but what's the point of that? Even if you could persuade someone that their philosophy was a religion, why should that cause them to change? A religious belief by a philosophical name can be held just as fervently.
I, however, being on the political right, and thus already persuaded, did agree with nearly all of what he said. For example (in the introduction) I do agree that Leftists don't believe that they have a philosophical system. One of the conceits of Leftism is that it is a purely rational system that addresses each issue as it comes, or as it's put in Scripture, "blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine."
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