Do as I Say (not as I Do)

Do as I Say (not as I Do)

Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy

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Members of the liberal/left exude an air of moral certitude. They pride themselves on being committed and selfless and seem particularly confident of the purity of their motives and the evil nature of their opponents. To correct economic and social injustice, liberals support a whole litany of policies and principles: progressive taxes, affirmative action, greater regulation of corporations, raising the inheritance tax, strict environmental regulations, children’s rights, consumer rights, and more.

But do they actually live by these beliefs? Peter Schweizer decided to investigate in depth the private lives of prominent liberals. Politicians like the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, the Kennedys, and Ralph Nader; commentators Michael Moore, Al Franken, Noam Chomsky, and Cornel West; entertainers or philanthropists Barbra Streisand and George Soros. Using everything from real estate records, IRS records, court depositions, and their own statements, he sought to examine whether they lived by the principles they so forcefully advocate.

What he found was a long list of contradictions. All these proponents of organized labor had developed various methods to sidestep paying union wages or avoid employing unions altogether. They were adept at avoiding taxes; invested heavily in corporations they had denounced; took advantage of foreign tax credits to use non-American labor overseas; espoused environmental causes while opposing those that might affect their own property rights; hid their investments in trusts to avoid paying estate tax; denounced oil companies but quietly owned them. The same applied to causes like affirmative action, civil liberties for accused criminals, and expanded rights for minor children.

Schweizer’s conclusion is simple: liberalism in the end forces its adherents to become hypocrites. They adopt one pose in public, but when it comes to what matters most in their own lives–their property, their privacy, and their children--they jettison their liberal principles and adopt conservative ones. Schweizer’s book thus exposes the contradiction at the core of liberalism: If these ideas don’t work for the very individuals who promote them, how can they work for the country?

Baker & Taylor
Provides a critique of the liberal life and the contradictions between public stances and real-life behavior among prominent liberals, including Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, George Soros, the Kennedys, Michael Moore, and Barbra Streisand.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty provides a hard-hitting critique of the liberal life and of the contradictions between public stances and real-life behavior among prominent liberals, including Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, George Soros, the Kennedys, Michael Moore, and Barbra Streisand. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385513494
0385513496
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 22 cm

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Mar 27, 2014

These people are certainly hipocrits. Talking about the evils of government and wealthy people and politics, yet all of them are wealthy and don't practice what they preach. I believe it was Noam Chomsky who went to other countries and bad-mouthed the U.S. That should be considered treason! Especially when you consider the countries he went to to bad-mouth us. He doesn't like it here, why doesn't he move somewhere else, like Cuba. And I just cannot believe Barbra Streisand. Workers are not allowed to look at her if she should encounter any in her hotel hallways or on the set. Just who the hell does she think she is? Talking about how we need to save the environment, then buys a SUV. These people in this book made me sick!!

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