Idiot America

Author: Charles Pierce
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780767932080
Size: 38.12 MB
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units · Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough · Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it With his trademark wit and insight, veteran journalist Charles Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. Pierce asks how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has somehow deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate. But his thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma, and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated. Erudite and razor-sharp, Idiot America is at once an invigorating history lesson, a cutting cultural critique, and a bullish appeal to our smarter selves. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Women Love Girth The Fattest 100 Facts On Idiot America

Author: Christian Hannay
Publisher: Lennex
ISBN: 9785517112330
Size: 73.44 MB
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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

The Secular Religion Of Franklin Merrell Wolff

Author: Dave Vliegenthart
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004361251
Size: 71.73 MB
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In The Secular Religion of Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Dave Vliegenthart investigates the life and teachings of a twentieth-century American mystic, with implications for the socio-historical background of the ongoing grand narrative that asserts a widespread anti-intellectualism in modern American culture.

The State Of The American Mind Stupor And Pathetic Docility

Author: Amechi Okolo PhD
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477179720
Size: 40.13 MB
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This book, The State of the American Mind: Stupor and Pathetic Docility Volume One begins to unravel some of the most obvious, perplexing, embarrassing and enduring problems and contradictions of American history and sociology, viz., how could the American revolution that started with the most ringing and most inspiring Declarations of human equality in world history end up establishing the most vicious, exploitative society the world ever knew Black chattel slavery and only ten percent white enfranchisement, etc. Further, how could men of such great wisdom and intellect like George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and others who were Enlightenment scholars and clearly knew that slavery was despicable and evil, because they had variously experienced white servitude and slavery themselves, collude to establish and institutionalize the horrible system of Negro chattel slavery in America; and also disenfranchised over 90 percent of people of their own race actions that racism could not explain. The structural/institutional slavery system they established, and the resultant consequent racism hobbles America today as it did in the past, and forced Eric Holder, the Attorney General to declare that, America is a nation of cowards, when it comes to race discussions. Thus, this book starts with serious critical discussions of race in America and reveals what no textbook has ever done, viz., that most early American whites and Blacks were slaves an uncomfortable fact that would shock most Americans because it contradicts the orthodoxy or the dominant narrative that only Blacks were brought here in chains. Further, the book also shows the year Black slavery started something almost, all textbooks got wrong. It also shows who, was the fi rst Black slave in America something no textbook ever mentions. It also shows when and how racism started in America and many other very sensitive and embarrassing but necessary issues that America avoids but must be frankly discussed for America to move forward. This book therefore shatters the two dominant themes of Americas history and sociology that Blacks were brought into America in chains as slaves while whites came to America in search of freedom, as Obama famously told us in his race speech. Thus, the crowning lesson of this book, in addition to discussing some critical policy issues like education, health care, etc., is that it discovers the centripetal force of the American society that eluded contemporary Americans because American bosses have laboriously concealed the facts from the public the scary but clearly healthy uniting fact that most Americans are united by their common ancestry, their universal history and experience of servitude, bond-indentures and slavery. Nothing is more universal, more common and more shared in American history and sociology than the fact that most of our ancestors, black and white, were servants, bond-indentures and slaves who were dominated and super-exploited by few overlords. Colonial America was the preferred dumping ground for British, outcasts, rejects, criminals, masterless class, vagabonds, bond-indentures, slaves, etc., until 1776 when Australia replaced America as the British dump for its rejects and surplus citizens. Thus, that America was a nation founded by British rejects and losers is inherently more rational than the prevailing orthodoxy or the Obama theory of Americas founders that they were great honorable men who journeyed across the ocean for freedom because of the obvious reason that good, powerful achieving citizens do not normally emigrate to new uncharted lands.

Divided We Fall

Author: David Sonius
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1640277463
Size: 78.87 MB
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In the wake of the most divisive presidential election in over a century, pundits, reporters and the public are increasingly aware of the deep and profound rifts that separate our society and threaten the fabric of American democracy. While media has obsessed with the nature of the divisions and some have questioned whether they are real or just an anomaly, Divided We Fall examines the schisms from a unique perspective and explains the very real threat they pose to the future of the American political system. In Divided We Fall, David Sonius marshals a wealth of research from the fields of political science and public opinion to economics, psychology and philosophy to create a piercing look at the realities of America's political and cultural divides. He argues that the divides are not simply political and cultural; they are intertwined and magnified by a set of myths—misinformed, misguided and acutely damaging. While tall tales and partial truths have long been a prime element of campaigns, the modern myths detailed in Divided have emerged as lasting forces affecting our public policies and represent the principal reason for the widespread failure of our government to create useful and effective policies. The author argues that the blame for our divides, myths and failed policies cannot simply be placed at the foot of our politicians and public officials; rather, the public bears a responsibility to think rationally, demand truth and act as responsible guardians of the most important and powerful republic in history. Divided We Fall provides a potent affront to the conventional wisdom of what ails our political culture and points the reader to a new path for a more informed and effective political system.

Unmitigated Disaster

Author: Louis Cruz
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479719617
Size: 30.13 MB
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A story of America is moving "forward." And, NOW that word "forward" happens to be the slogan of the very man; that, Republican Willard Mitt Romney is trying to unseat. America the Party of "NO" has a man who will insist to see your ID, Birth Certifi cate, but won't release his Tax Returns, at the least 5-6 of them, so the voting electorate will know how to trust him. There are many perfectly legal ways for all "weasels" to get out of paying taxes. Especially, if you can afford armies of "creative" accountants to find them all. In our own Country's Congressional Leaders there is: Nothing but, shameless lies and dishonor! That explains what's going on here. If election in November is to be decided on the several issues, "Robme" (the Romney) and (Ryan, the Lying) along with the remaining hostile Republicans should stay away from foreign policy this next four years. Even drifting into that realm risks reminding voters of Obama's clear advantage in leadership. America, "Bush has been out of offi ce for almost 4 years, are YOU really going to continue to blame him ?" This is what the Republicans are saying! Honestly, if that's were the blame lies, absolutely! It wouldn't matter; even if, it's been 100, 200, or 300 years since George W. "the Idiot" Bush has been out of office, there will STILL remain too many unanswered questions!

America S Irresistible Attraction

Author: John S. Dinga
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1426961251
Size: 62.47 MB
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Part travelogue and part memoire, John S. Dingas newest book is a sequel to Navigating the Contradictions of America and explores disparities between Americas past and present, from the perspective of an immigrant. Featuring characters both real and fictional, Dinga shares his observations about the realities of making a new life in a new country, with an occasional flashback to the former home. The desire to immigrate to America is one shared by people all over the world, people who are often unaware of what it takes to thrive in a competitive, capitalist world where nothing is the same as before. Settling down in a new environment and navigating the politics and stresses of finding a job are just two of the aspects of culture shock a new immigrant will face. Expectations and responsibilities from those back home also add to the new immigrants challenges, and Dinga offers his suggestions on how to thrive under those stresses as well. He speaks not only to the potential immigrant but to those officials in power on either side of the process as well. Learning to make the right choices when presented with so many options is another life lesson addressed. The American society, freedoms, choices, and government are envied in many corners of the world, and Dinga explores how that perception influences the decision to start the journey. People need to know that living in America has its challengeschallenges not often imagined when the desire to immigrate pushes them to cross deserts, oceans, and unfriendly skies.

Guide To The Perfect Latin American Idiot

Author: Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 156833236X
Size: 43.91 MB
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Three Latin American writers quote, dissect and review this character in a cultural critique that combines analysis with humor and a relentless self-criticism.

The Complete Idiot S Guide To U S Government And Politics

Author: Franco Scardino
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101057696
Size: 69.95 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The governed must know their government. Understanding how our government functions and the political forces that influence it is vital for all Americans. As a comprehensive overview and history of the subject, this book is designed to help anyone interested in learning about our government and the origins of its complex inner workings, our political system, and key elements that have affected our growth as a nation, all while serving as the best supplementary reading a student can get. - Author is an experienced Advanced Placement teacher - Students looking to take AP exams are a ready audience, along with citizenship applicants and CNN junkies - Large renewable market - Suitable as supplemental reading for coursework

Mental Retardation In America

Author: Steven Noll
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814782485
Size: 69.90 MB
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A collection of essays and documents chronicilizing the history of treatment, labeling, and understanding of mental retardating in the U.S. NYUP is one the forefront of publishing in disability studies.