Monday, September 07, 2009

"How Democracies Perish"

by Lance Fairchok - September 5th, 2009 - American Thinker

I discovered Jean Francois Revel quite by accident. While researching anti-American organizations that support terrorist groups, I came across a thin volume entitled simply, Anti-Americanism. Written by a respected French intellectual, it is the rarest of works, examining and condemning the reflexive and unjustified anti-Americanism found in the European and particularly the French press. It is a clear and biting indictment of the unreason of the popular press and of the totalitarian left. Revel's regard for the US was unclouded by naive romanticism. He judged us fairly, took stock of our strengths and weaknesses and found us admirable.

While visiting a used bookstore a few weeks later, I found another Revel book, How Democracies Perish. In its pages, I found a chilling examination of the methodologies used to undermine and destroy free market democracies.

I have not had a chance to read this book yet, but Fairchok presents an excellent case for making it required reading at this time of a perfect example of the "internal enemy" that Revel predicts, our current President Barack Obama.


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