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Book Title: Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government|
The author of the book: Glenn Beck
ISBN 13: 9781416595014
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.17 MB
Edition: Threshold Editions
Date of issue: September 22nd 2009
Read full description of the books Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government:I’ll avoid beginning this review with a silly pun like “the only real idiot is Beck” or something like that because he clearly is not an idiot, but I will begin with a joke I heard in one of my Finance classes back in college.
The premise of Beck’s book is how to argue with idiots. His answer to this is -use the facts, here is the problem with that.
A man is interviewing some people for a job and asking a basic question, “what is 2 + 2” the Statistician interviewing for the job says “Well, 2 + 2 could be anywhere from 3.75 to 4.25 with a standard deviation of .25” The financier interviewing for the job says, “Well, it depends on inflation, and what you are rounding closest to, but you could round to the nearest 5, so I’d say $5.00”. The accountant who is interviewing walks in and says, “What is 2+2, well, what do you want it to be?”
My point is that facts, even the most basic, can mean ANYTHING! It’s people’s interpretations of said facts that matter. And no one skews the facts better than Glenn Beck.
For example, in chapter 2 he rales against Congress women Carolyn McCarthy for not knowing what a “barrel shroud” on a gun was but fails to mention anywhere in the book that what she really targets is what is called the “gun show loophole” a gap in the law that allows vendors at gun shows to sell assault weapons and explosives without background checks, and to people on the federal watch list! So currently people who are deemed unsafe to fly on our planes can now walk into a gun show and purchase an assault weapon, thank you Glenn Beck, thank you NRA. Your gun fetishism mystifies me.
Another one-sided “fact” he gives is in Chapter 1 on Capitalism. He ever so loosely gives an explanation of “trickle-down” economics in a metaphor of snow at the top of a mountain and I think I am supposed to be the poor villager lucky enough to “bathe in the fresh water” from wealthy, so give all the tax breaks to the rich I think was his point, I’m not quite sure? But, no explanation of trickle-up economics. But, that’s o.k., I took a year of Econ in college, enough to know that his version of trickle-down is WAY OFF.
But aside from the content of Becks book the bigger problem I have with him is his tone. He is hostile, condescending, divisive, and snarky. I enjoy a good conservative commentator as much an the next guy, I like George F Will and several writers for TIME Magazine, but Beck is just way over the line of civility. By the way, I’ll probably have to erase this post because I fully expect to get hate responses because of it. He has a cult like following.
Read information about the authorGlenn Edward Lee Beck is one of America's leading radio and television personalities. His quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and Glenn Beck, one of the most successful new shows on the Fox News Channel. His unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to achieve the extraordinary feat of having #1 New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction. Beck also stars in a live stage show and is the publisher of Fusion magazine.
Online, he is the editor of GlennBeck.com and the publisher of TheBlaze.com.
Beck is the author of six consecutive #1 New York Times Bestsellers including his latest book, the thriller The Overton Window. When The Christmas Sweater, his first novel, debuted at #1 on the fiction list, Beck became one of a handful of authors to write books that reached #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction NYT lists.
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