Slouching Towards Gomorrah : Modern Liberalism and American Decline
Tahoe Web Press Editors' Review:
Robert Bork will go down as one of history's footnotes. Nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1987,he was voted down by the Senate following a no-holds barred confirmation fight. Almost a decade later, he returns to reopen old wounds with Slouching Towards Gomorrah an extended attack against everything liberal.
From pop culture to universities, the church (Protestant and Roman Catholic) and the Supreme Court - the very institution he once fought so hard to join -he finds fault wherever he looks. This is a bitter book from a passionate man who has very little good to say about the world he lives in.
Writing in a highly accessible style and appealing to common sense, one of America's most prominent conservative spokesmen and author of the bestselling The Tempting of America, offers a provocative and timely analysis of our culture in decline.
Modern Liberalism is taking away our freedoms.
Can America be saved from moral decay? Is our country moving in the wrong direction? Is modern liberalism taking away our religious freedoms?
These and other important and timely questions are answered in Robert Bork's latest book Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. Many remember Judge Bork when he was nominated for the Supreme Court and rejected by the US Senate because of his conservative viewpoints.
Now he's back on the forefront examining the root cause of our decline as a nation. Bork writes 'We can accept our fate and try to insulate ourselves and our loved ones from the devastating effects of a degenerating culture, or we can choose to halt the beast, to oppose modern liberalism in every arena.'
This is a work that must be read by every thinking American. It points to an America that is now run as an Oligarchy, (governed by a few individuals) namely, the Supreme Court. Judge Bork encourages fresh spiritual forces into our culture and politics which will in turn influence political action.
Daily Republican Newspaper Book Review:
The distinctive virtues of American culture are in at risk today. America is under attack and afraid to look back for fear of turning into a 'pillar of salt.'
We have met the enemy and it is within us. It is modern liberalism. This liberalism, writes Mr. Bork, 'is very different in content from the liberalism of the 1940s or 1950s and certainly from the liberalism of the past century.'The defining characteristics of the new radical liberal are: radical demands for extreme equality of outcomes rather than of opportunities;and, radical individualism. Not a single American has remained untouched by their extremely destructive consequences.
'The encroachments of liberalism upon traditional ways of thinking and acting," writes Mr. Bork, "have created not just a battle here and a skirmish there but a conflict across the entire culture.What we experience now is not the subtraction or addition of one or another element of our moral life but an assault that aims at, and largely accomplishes, sweeping changes across the entire cultural landscape...major features of its culture, have disappeared altogether, and more are in the process of extinction. These are being ... replaced by new modes of conduct, ways of thought, and standards of morality that are unwelcome to many of us.'
Reviewed by Howard Hobbs, Ph.D. Economics Institute, Washington, D.C.
In Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, David D. Friedman writes about practically everything. Friedman, writes about economics and law.
He is not in a position to know very much theory about the 'dismal science' nor about 'law' as he has taken no university course work in the either field. He is the son of Nobel laureate economist, Milton Friedman. David Friedman, the author of 'Hidden Order' is a professor of law and economics at Santa Clara University in San Jose, California.
Friedman attempts to explain economics as about choice and behavior of consumers. He writes that an assumption in economics, he writes, is that individuals have objectives and tend to choose the most efficient way to achieve them.
Friedman presents an economics developed through mathematical equations and statistical tools. The use of economics, he writes, is in the analysis of the choices of the market place. Clearly, the operation of supply and demand exceeds Friedman's grasp.
David Friedman's writes about his idea that Hidden Order helps to analyze media events, criminal behavior, war strategy, and marketing ploys. Friedman offers an over-simplified vision of economics that is easy for the reader to grasp but may not inform the mind.