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message 1: by Merry (new)

Merry hum...."negotiate" I like the way you use that term in your review. Another way of saying.......I disagree, but will think about it?


message 2: by Trish (new)

Trish Yes, that's right. He comes at problems from a different angle and sometimes comes up with a different answer. I don't always agree with him, but I like seeing how he gets his answers.

One thing I would like to ask him: "Do Republicans and Democrats have and essentially different take on the nature of man?"


message 3: by Merry (new)

Merry good question


message 4: by Christy (new)

Christy Hammer Not too impressed with him on talking heads news shows and wondered what was the fascinating with him given how popular he is as a "guest" but knowing he wrote a broad-based and important book like this helps.


message 5: by Trish (new)

Trish Christy wrote: "Not too impressed with him on talking heads news shows and wondered what was the fascinating with him given how popular he is as a "guest" but knowing he wrote a broad-based and important book like..."

In some ways I think he is a poor spokesman for the Republican Party, but truth be told, they have no credible spokesperson, especially at this juncture. However, I think he is a reasonable spokesperson for a conservative viewpoint, and as such he and I could agree on the resolution of some issues that are subject to debate. His specialness as a "talking head" is that he is thoughtful, something that is curiously missing from the discourse of most TV news celebrities who reflect popular culture back at us.


message 6: by Christy (new)

Christy Hammer Yes, a "classical Conservative" who is reasonable and honest and interesting enough to invite over for dinner, but I'd rather have Pat Buchanan... That Brooks got W.F. Buckley to hire him as a young whippersnapper is remarkable, and he was one of the only non-Catholics at the National Review. Please, if I may, I see an earlier question of yours on this thread: *yes*, I give a lecture linking various political philosophies with views of human nature. I think you're on to something there! :-) There is a quick chapter linking politics with human nature views I first used then adapted over the years in Why War?: Ideology, Theory, and History. (Another book that is worth recommending, actually!)


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