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The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Paperback – Apr 25 2004


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc. (April 25 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260857
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,126,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whenever a writer bandies the word 'conspiracy' around, he usually uses it in a context of an accusatory attack against a shadowy foe. It is quite rare that a writer chooses to use it in a defensive way. In THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY by Mark W. Smith, the cabal of conspirators is nothing less than the entire right spectrum of conservative American politics, the Republican party. Smith exults in and glorifies the role that Republicans supposedly play in their conspiracy to present 'the arguments you need to defeat the loony left.' (from the advertisement on the book's cover) New York lawyer Mark Smith divides this thin text into twenty-eight brief chapters, each of which follows a similar structure. He begins with what he terms the 'liberal lunacy.' In his chapter on the desirability of maintaining and using racial profiling as a means to target potential Moslem radical terrorists before they board commercial aircraft, he gives the liberal spin: "Law enforcement should not be allowed to consider race at all." He then proceeds to give the opposite conservative spin, most of which deals with sound bytes with which the readers of The New York Daily News are well familiar. Smith likes to quote conservative sources like Ann Coulter: "100 percent of successful terrorists attacks on commercial airlines for twenty years have been committed by Arabs. When there is a 100 percent chance, it ceases to be a profile. It's called a 'description of the suspect.' "
What emerges from this book, which is witty and well written, is one half of a spirited debate. It is almost as if the Lincoln-Douglas debates were missing Douglas. The squelching of the left side of things is telling, but far from complete.
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The title of Mark Smith's book may be glib, but the book is full of substance. It takes on complex subjects and distills them to their essence, especially with respect to the war on terror and national defense. The analysis marshalls facts, adds wisdom and common sense, and is presented in direct and lucid prose. Wherever you are on the political spectrum, this book deserves your attention.
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This book is an easy read. It provides very clear and very hard to oppose arguments. Some may not like that it endorses Ann Coulter. However, if you read Ann Coulter's books you'll find that she backs up her statements with a lot of references. Just look at her bibliography in the back of "Slander". If you're a liberal, I ask that you at least read this book, and before slamming it with negative comments in a book review, try to explain WHY you disagree with the book rather than writing vague, generalistic, (and juvenile) comments as to why this book (in your opinion) sucks. One would have to dig real deep in order to come up with rational arguments to what Mark Smith has to say in his book. Give it a try. If you actually do have valid, well thought arguments, with the points he makes please do e-mail me at nathan4352@yahoo.com
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By Ted on May 1 2004
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a better title for this book would be "Conservative Answers to Liberal Arguments"
This book lists many arguments made by liberals and offers excellent rebuttals.
The book itself is well written and I think the authour tries his best to give a balanced account of things. There are many things in this book which I agree but other things I don't.
I consider myself an economic liberal and social conservative.
The comments this book has on why welfare programs should be scrapped, are best described in the well known phrase "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for life."
This book is sure to become popular with conservatives.
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Yes, the whole point of the title is humorous. There is no "right wing conspiracy," though sometimes I admit it'd be nice if there was more "conspiracy" between people on the right (since the left has developed conspiracy to an artform... just look at the fact that one of the 9/11 commissioners is, in fact, one of the people who THROUGH DIRECT ACTION restricted the ability of our intelligence agencies to do their jobs... and now she's supposely trying to "find the truth???")
The book was a fun read, with short words so even the most extreme leftist could actually comprehend it. Are all the fact 100% accurate? Not sure... though the only argument I've heard so far involved numbers of invertebrates versus vertibrates on the endangered species list. Wooo-hoo. In any case, the arguments are given mainly as a general guideline to how to argue with a liberal, not specifically as a script (unlike the typical "seminar caller" to conservative radio programs, who read from a prepared script as often as not).
The most entertaining part of the whole thing, though, is reading the reviews from those on the left, both here and elsewhere. Man, you know you've hit a nerve when the opposition is reduced to name-calling. Then again, it does seem that name-calling is the most substantiative element of liberal argumentation these days... c'mon, Mikey Moore calling ANYONE "stupid?" Anyone know the one about the pot and the kettle???
This book is not an exhaustive scholarly work, nor is it intended to be. It's a fun read for those of us who understand the reality of the world, and can see the humor in the fact that people who conspire against their own country (not all liberals, just the "elite" ones... you know, the leadership... who tell the "rank-and-file" what they're allowed to think and what they're not allowed to think) go around accusing other people of running conspiracies...
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