Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Adam's Letters To Progressives (Review)

Mike S. Adams is a professor of criminology at a North Carolina university. He also writes for Town Hall Magazine, known for other columnists such as Katie Pavlich, Chuck Norris (yes, THAT Chuck Norris), and Kurt Schlichter. He's penned several books in the past.

His latest book is aptly titled Letters To A Young Progressive and is published by Regnery Publishing, Inc. The book is a compilation of letters to a composite "student" named "Zack".

Mr. Adams is a conservative professor at a university, like most, staffed with mostly left-wing professors. Furthermore, he is an expert in a field where most academics lean rather far left. This makes Mike a bit of an anomaly both in his field and in his profession as a college teacher.

Through the pages of the book, Adams writes to one of his students who made some left-wing-biased and rather incorrect statements during class one day. Through the correspondence, Adams opens "Zack"'s mind to the difference between factual discourse and emotive rhetoric. eventually, "Zack" seems to take Mike's arguments into consideration and does a little fact-checking. Upon discovering the factual basis of Mr. Adams' arguments, he appears to make up his own mind.

That is the best way to fight off indoctrination of any type, with facts. There are facts that support your argument and ones that oppose it. One has to review all of them before making a decision or choosing a side. Too often, students buy into rhetoric and opinions uttered by so-called academics. They take those statements as factual. They fail to double-check, to determine if the statements are fact or opinion. On the topics Mike Adams discusses, the facts are heavily in his favor. The truth defeats the relativism of emotive rhetoric.

Among them, relativism is the basis for indoctrination. Yes, there are things that are a matter of perspective. the light coming from a prismatic sphere may be red, green, indigo, or a rainbow spectrum. However, the sphere is still clear. There are other absolutes. There is life and there is death. Black, white, and all the various shades of gray between all do exist, absolutely. Mike Adams makes that point on several topics ranging from abortion to crime to individual freedom.

One of Mike's better letters addresses "tolerance" and "intolerance". The key point is that to be tolerant, one must be opposed to something,then tolerate its existence. If it doesn't bother you, it is impossible to be tolerant of it. Same with if you like something. If you don't care one way or the other, you are not tolerating that thing. Many times, people mistake real tolerance for intolerance.

For example, I tolerate peas. I am not fond of them. They are far from my favorite vegetable. the only ones worse are Lima beans and Brussel sprouts (aka "skunk cabbage"). I'd much prefer not to eat them. However, if that is what is served with dinner, I tolerate them. I eat them despite my dislike of them. Cauliflower I have no real opinion about. So I do not tolerate cauliflower. I neither like nor dislike it. Skunk cabbage I do not tolerate. I will not cook them. I will not allow them cooked under my roof. I will throw them off my plate expeditiously. Lima beans, however, I will tolerate as long as they are mixed with something.

The book is a great read. If you are a "moderate", the book presents things that you will find interesting. If you have a young "progressive" teen in your life, the book will assist in guiding them to make up their own minds based upon evidence and facts rather than the opinions of somebody else.

David Limbaugh, Rush's brother, is among several great thinkers who have endorsed this book already.