Welcome to America, 1996. The “rough beast” that visionary poet Yeats foresaw in 1919 is now a full-grown monster of decadence several generations deep. As a nation, we are pursuing a path toward Gomorrah, the biblical city burned to the ground for the sinfulness of its people.
In Slouching Towards Gomorrah, one of our nation's most distinguished conservative scholars offers a prophetic view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling. The root of our decline, Bork argues, is the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism and radical individualism. Bork traces modern liberalism through the past two and a half centuries and suggests how it may have arisen from the very nature of western civilization itself.
©1996 Robert H. Bork (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Forthright and magisterial, this is a fine summary of ‘social conservativism,’ one those who want to understand that position should read first." (Booklist)
"Reader Barrett Whitener projects a confident newscaster's voice…never stumbling no matter how difficult the terminology." (AudioFile)
"[Bork] methodically takes us through the sectors of our experience which have been infected by the excesses of post-1960s liberalism….On each of these topics Bork brings to bear an astonishing range of information and argument." (Commentary Magazine)
? do you enjoy playing political "...what-if ?..."
? have you closely followed the supreme court's rulings
? do you wonder who often provides the swing votes
this concise book outlines robert bork's basic judicial philosophy
it was written about 9 years after his devastating 1987 senate rejection
many see it as a focal point in american political and civil discourse
bork was fundamentally an honest and arrogant american conservative
biden and kennedy used bork's lack of humility and political sense against him
their 1987 senate hearings were a mean and public rebuke to republican america
as it turned out, anthony kennedy was appointed to that supreme court seat
he has reliably provided the swing vote in numerous 5-4 supreme court rulings
sadly, since 1987, the line between judicial and political has been hard to find
I would not recommend the audiobook version of this book to a friend, no. I would recommend the book--highly. This narrator, however, reads quickly: it sounds like he is on 1.25x or 1.5x speed (I had to check to see if my Audible settings were on normal reading speed), and he is duotonous throughout--no voice inflections, no emphasis where needed, etc. Terrible narration. I listen to a lot of non-fiction audiobooks, and most of the time I have to back up the narration occasionally to listen to something again to ensure I heard it or understood it. With this narrator, however, I essentially listened to this book 2-3x because I had to back it up so much. Atrocious narration. It is a real injustice to such a seminal work such as this one. I would NOT recommend this audiobook to anyone. Go buy the real book and finish in 1/3 the time. I would return the audiobook if it weren't dishonest to do so (I plowed through to get my money's worth).
DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK. TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE NARRATOR.
Yes, so much of what Judge Bork writes has come true...our society is losing it's strength because of liberalism and the dumbing down of our youth....
Not a best part, but it is definitely a book that makes you reflect on history and where we rare right now as a nation
Man, I can't imagine it would make much....the truth hurts!
Good book, but it has great depth and takes a lot of concentration to get it all.
"Long overdue reading of a twenty year old classic which was both prescient and prescriptive though largely unheede."
Long overdue reading of a twenty year old classic which was both prescient and prescriptive though largely unheede.
Actually I have this hard cover on my shelf and had been reading it, but wanted to take it to work with me. Very good move.
The first chapter does a fantastic job of surmising the rest of the book, and the rest of the book is still a pleasure to read.
What stands out is Bork's delineation of radical egalitarianism and radical individualism. The libertarian and the far left liberal are so far apart on the ideological scale, yet they somehow come together on certain key issues. If this has ever perplexed you, this book is a fantastic read.
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