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  • Equal Is Unfair

  • America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality
  • By: Don Watkins, Yaron Brook
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

We've all heard that the American Dream is vanishing, and that the cause is rising income inequality. The rich are getting richer by rigging the system in their favor, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep our heads above water. To save the American Dream, we're told that we need to fight inequality through tax hikes, wealth redistribution schemes, and a far higher minimum wage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • While I agree with most of this book,...

  • By Wayne on 12-30-16

A Passionate and Scholarly work

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Equal Is Unfair to be better than the print version?

I would say they are equal. Jeff Cummings does a fantastic job in his narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Equal Is Unfair?

The comparisons to American ideals and founding principles.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

This book turned out to be so much more than just the issue of "income inequality'. 'Equal is Unfair' goes after all of the major tenets of modern Leftism. Don Wakins and Dr. Yaron Brook raze modern leftism to the ground, leave no stone unturned, and salt the earth afterwards. The book takes down:
The inequality myth.
The Scandinavian socialism myth.
The myth that the successful are 'exploiters'
The economic pie myth.
Leftwing economist Piketty's statistical manipulations.
The "You didn't build that" rhetoric from those like Warren and Obama.
The left's Success=Luck argument.
FDR and LBJ's Great Society programs.
Egalitarianism.
"Social Justice" advocates.
The inculcation of victimhood by the left in poor ghettos.
And much much more....

Any additional comments?

Watkins and Dr. Brook attack every leftwing issue on multiple fronts. They prove their case empirically by taking down the statistical manipulations of the left. They prove their case by showing the logical progression of what these ideas entail. They prove their case morally, by showing what these ideas mean to individual human beings and life on this earth, and finally they prove their case by offering a solid alternative.

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  • Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

  • By: Peter C. Mancall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter C. Mancall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

The years between 1760 and 1800 rocked the Western world. These were the years when colonists on the eastern fringes of a continent converted the ideals of Enlightenment thought first into action, then into an actual form of government. Now you can learn why this happened and how the colonists did it-in a series of 48 insightful lectures from an award-winning teacher and author.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Teaching style and approach did not resonate with

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 11-05-16

45 minutes in and i'm already disgusted.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-16

What didn’t you like about Professor Peter C. Mancall’s performance?

I just started listening to "Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution" by Professor Peter C. Mancall on Audible. Within the first 45 minutes(of a 24 hour lecture series) I am already appalled and could spend hours writing about all the mistakes that were made.
To give just a few brief examples... Professor Peter C. Mancall starts out the "Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution" by reading "the Declaration of Independence", then he goes on to mention how some of the founder's idea's contradicted their actions(like Jefferson owning slaves), then the presses on to discuss how ideas were spread via print, but not before mentioning that 'other cultures' think the oral word is superior.
At this rate, I doubt I will finish the course...

If I do, I will write a more detailed review.

3 of 18 people found this review helpful