Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It by Ben Stein

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In Can America Survive? authors Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth examine this anti-American rage, providing plentiful and outrageous examples from campuses to foundations to Democratic candidate debates to liberal "fund-raisers" that openly tout hate as their message. The authors then attempt to plumb the psychological wellsprings that generate this anger: Is it infantile narcissism? Is it a desperately incomplete maturation process? Is it competition with patriarchal figures? The authors attempt to create a psychological road map that explores what the psychological roots of this national self-loathing might be. This is a unique approach, attempting to explain political beliefs in terms of psychological background, and the authors believe that it’s the only approach that works, since a realistic appraisal of America would not allow as much rage as we see in daily political discourse. Finally, the authors offer a plan for how to fight back: They recommend educating your children in such a way as to develop pride in their country, suggest specific reading materials, offer ways to raise your voice to talk back to the major newspapers and TV networks, and even discuss how you can work fearlessly in university settings so that the left doesn’t dominate political discourse. Can America Survive? is a portrait of what is clearly wrong with the national mood, where that malady comes from, and how those who still believe in America can work in their communities and in the nation to preserve the republic.


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BENJAMIN STEIN, PE, is a consulting engineer and former associate professor at B'zalel Institute's School of Environmental Design in Jerusalem. He worked in New York City for over 25 years as a consulting engineer. He is coauthor of Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings- a text for architecture students, now in its eighth edition, also available from Wiley. Ben Stein can be seen talking about finance on Fox TV news every week. He is known to many as a movie and television personality, but has probably worked more in personal and corporate finance than anything else. He has written about finance for "Barron's" and "The Wall Street Journal" for decades and contributes regularly to the AARP's "Modern Maturity" (now "AARP: The Magazine"). He was one of the chief busters of the junk bond frauds of the 1980s, has been a long-time critic of corporate executives' self-dealing, and has written several self-help books about personal finance. Phil DeMuth was valedictorian of his class at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972, then got his master's in communications and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. An investment psychologist with a longstanding interest in the stock market, he has written for "The Wall Street Journal" and "Barron's," as well as "Human Behavior "and "Psychology Today." His opinions have been quoted on and "Fortune Magazine" and is president of Conservative Wealth Management in Los Angeles.
Published July 15, 2004 by Hay House. 268 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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