A wonderful defense of free markets with wonderful insights into human striving. Brilliant analysis and presentation. Often I am torn between rating the content and the audio presentation, but this book gets five stars on both accounts. Listen to this, then look at ?The Pentagon?s New Map? and compare the troubled spots in the world today where countries are a threat to their neighbors and where there exists widespread human suffering and conduct a comparison of the extent of the openness of their market. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that open markets rule!!!!
Very entertaining; full of wit and humor. Also, nice audio quality, which should be a given, but often the quality of audio work is almost impossible to listen to.
I was disappointed that there was not more of a coherent outlay of the ?liberal philosophy? if one exists. Instead, the content was primarily accusations of impropriety, misconduct and/or hypocrisy leveled against republicans. For someone as politically savvy as Alan to express shock and outrage at any politician's improprieties reminds me of the joke about the politician that, when confronted, was shocked and appalled that there was gambling and alcohol being served in the casino's bar which he was visiting.
Using anecdotes about republican politicians whose actions are disreputable in order to defend the actions of individual democratic party politicians whose actions are disreputable, the book just reinforced my view that in order to be elected to a federal office, one must be a heartless liar. I can understand and empathize with individuals who strongly dislike any given politician, but I am baffled by anyone that shows strong, sometimes fanatical, support for any politician.
While Alan's arguments are mostly well reasoned in the book, I am still unclear on positions that the democratic party holds as fundamental to the party (note that I use fundamental which is a word the democratic party and could be added to the words that Alan notes as having been demonized by the republicans).
What is the Democratic position on freedom of worship and religion? Do they support protecting my right to worship as I desire. As a Jew, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, or whatever, do democrats support my rights to prayer? To have Morning Prayer at my school and to take classes that teach the beliefs of my chosen religion with others who share my beliefs? What about taxation? What is their idea of assistance to the poor? Education? Health Care? Etc... but no more room to post.
Excellent substance which is an excellent work in printed form; however, the quality of the audio is very distracting. That said, it is a work that I look forward to listening to again.
Although long, this is a very balanced study of the human prejudice, bigotry, fears and ignorance that continues to perpetuate the struggles in Israel today. Totally heartbreaking.
Very detailed; however, if you are not already familiar with the events, you will have a very hard time keeping up and, as already pointed out, it will sound like someone reading their personal family tree in a fast, dry voice.
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