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Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government | [Glenn Beck]

Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

Idiots can't be identified through voting records, they can be found only by looking for people who hide behind stereotypes, embrace partisanship, and believe that bumper-sticker slogans are a substitute for common sense. If you know someone who fits the bill, then Arguing with Idiots will help you silence them once and for all with the ultimate weapon: the truth.
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It happens to all of us: You're minding your own business, when some idiot informs you that guns are evil, the Prius will save the planet, or the rich have to finally start paying their fair share of taxes.

Just go away! you think to yourself -- but they only become more obnoxious. Your heart rate quickens. You start to sweat. You can't get away. Your only hope is this book.

Glenn Beck, author of the number-one New York Times best sellers An Inconvenient Book and Glenn Beck's Common Sense, has stumbled upon the secret formula to winning arguments against people with big mouths but small minds: knowing the facts. And this book is full of them.

The next time your idiot friends tell you how gun control prevents gun violence, you'll tell them all about England's handgun ban. When they tell you that we should copy the UK's health care system, you'll recount the horrifying facts you heard here. And the next time an idiot tells you that vegetable prices will skyrocket without illegal workers, you'll stop saying "No, they won't" and you'll start saying, "actually, eliminating all illegal labor will cause us to spend just $8 a year more on produce."

Idiots can't be identified through voting records, they can be found only by looking for people who hide behind stereotypes, embrace partisanship, and believe that bumper-sticker slogans are a substitute for common sense. If you know someone who fits the bill, then Arguing with Idiots will help you silence them once and for all with the ultimate weapon: the truth.

©2009 Glenn Beck; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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    Emily 10-21-09
    Emily 10-21-09

    I have many interests. I was a Paramedic, Webmaster, Internet Marketer. Now a Registered Nurse and avid gardener.

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    "Very educational and filled with facts"

    WOW! This book is great. I get very angry if a book is all about the left or right point of view. I like when the Author uses facts, humor and common sense. He keeps it interesting throughout the whole book. He makes the facts easy to understand and interesting.

    9 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Joakim Westerberg 11-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Only the most conservative american can enjoy this"

    Poorly built facts and very very conservative view on things. If you hate liberals and anything that even remotely reflects some socialistic views or ideas, if you firmly believes that socialism equals communism and stupidity- then this book is for you.
    For me, this was a true waste of credits.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gorgatron 02-11-10
    Gorgatron 02-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Silly Voices Doesn't Make You Right"

    I approached this audio book with "open ears" as it were, and a notepad. I was not going to allow an ad hominem fallacy to override what may be valid reasoning. I jotted down many of the points he makes and looked them up later, using a variety of resources. He has a tendency to distort the truth, and sometimes his historical facts are incorrect (case in point: his example with Insoll is factually wrong, historically on a number of items). There is also a large amount of what, to be fair, is really a kind of ignorance: he doesn't know that (for example) the taxation of software is complicated because legislators and even the general public, do not really understand how it is written or distributed. The point being that laws are often complex, not to confuse, but because the issues involved are complex. As Adam Smith made clear it is "division and specialization of labor" that drives the wealth of nations and this is precisely what makes the modern world complex. He dismisses these notions and naysayers as "idiots", taking on a voice that is as much Homer Simpson as it is Huckleberry Hound. This is unfair, and inaccurate as his "idiot" views are not well-reasoned nor are they the views of his detractors. Instead, he fashions a straw man of a simpleton progressive that is not accurate: his position of argument is weak because he is not arguing any real points. At the end, this is pure polemics and is primarily entertainment, don't be fooled. It would be useful for humanity and for his fans, if instead they had an intellect bordering on Noam Chomsky levels of discourse, but the National Review crowd (as much as I may disagree with them) is not in charge of Conservatives anymore. Instead, populist humorists like Beck serve to build the foundation of ignorance that is being used to argue against progressivism.

    14 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Tucson, AZ, USA 01-03-10
    Ben Tucson, AZ, USA 01-03-10
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    "good book, but not for audio"

    This book has great information, but I would much rather go back and look up the points in a book, when the situation arises.
    It has many historical facts that support each argument, and its impossible to remember all of them, when just listening to them.
    I wish I had bought the book instead

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Wiliamstown, NJ, USA 10-01-09
    Jason Wiliamstown, NJ, USA 10-01-09

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    "Valid, but skewed points..."

    Mr. Beck's latest novel focuses on the issues around the health care debates and the Obama administration. Valid points where centrists could possibly agree are present, but buried under snarky criticism and one-liners. Not bad, but far from a concise narrative of the circumstances America is experiencing now.

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    Stacy Chenoa, IL, USA 09-22-09
    Stacy Chenoa, IL, USA 09-22-09
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    "Great Book"

    I have both the audible and the hard cover of this book. I bought the hard cover and could not put it down so I purchased the audible version so I can listen when I do not have time to read. I am someone that listens to books because I never have the time to read, but this book is just that good. I am only about halfway though but so far I love it. Great Job to it's author.

    48 of 117 people found this review helpful
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    Rudy VISTA, CA, United States 12-28-09
    Rudy VISTA, CA, United States 12-28-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Glen Beck is The Man With The Plan"

    I enjoyed the book and will share it with my young nephews.
    Conservatism is not a difficult point to argue... it just needs someone to do it. Beck provides evidence for each of his positions in the kind of terms that common people can relate to.
    Current events have shown us that Harvard, and Yale educated individuals are just as stupid as High School nitwits, only they do their stupidity in increments of billions and trillions of our tax dollars.
    This book is a good tool to show the holes in the swiss cheese that is big government socialism.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Will 10-02-09
    Will 10-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Pleasant surprise"

    Glenn may be clown, but this book has real substance. It is well researched and presents his case for government abiding by Our Constitution backed up with the facts.

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    Jerry bakersfield, CA, USA 10-22-09
    Jerry bakersfield, CA, USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2006
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    "very informative"

    you would have to be an idiot to not see the truths in this book. The liberals are scared of this man for good reason, he tells the truth. All of the facts in this book are backed with actual data not make believe data like other media outlets spew.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Marcos Caceres 10-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Buyer beware"

    The book presents interesting premise and sets out to present "facts" about various issues. However, the author carefully crafts half truths or clear bias. What the author considers "facts" are often just personal opinions not backed by any data. I found myself constantly scratching my head, going "did he just say that without considering cases x. y, z"? There be no facts to be found in this book. Only weak opinions and unfounded delusions. At least the author is a self proclaimed idiot. Save you money, go and buy
    Freakonomics or something more interesting by Malcolm Gladwell or Richard Dawkings.

    25 of 65 people found this review helpful
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