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Idiot America by Charles P. Pierce
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Jun 12, 2009

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This is a pretty decent little polemic with a fairly irrefutable premise: there are a lot of idiots on television and in positions of power in America. It’s not a dense or difficult book, and it was clearly written with a healthy mixture of anger, disgust and bemused humor. I enjoyed reading it and even learned a thing or two, but wouldn’t recommend spending full price for a new hardback copy. I read it on my Kindle, but it would be an ideal purchase if you’re only paying a couple of bucks for a used copy and are looking for some agreeable cultural snark.

That said, Pierce is passionate about his claims because they continue to be relevant. Most of us are familiar with the views of various pundits on subjects as diverse as climatology and genetic research – when we would be better served if we consulted, rather, those who actually know about a particular topic. A truism, sure… but one that bears repeating. Why does anyone care what Hannity thinks about living wills? Or what Rush Limbaugh thinks about glacial ice? It’s absurd on its face that these voices are taken seriously. This is what Peirce drives home again and again: our cranks are now mainstream.

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Michael So it's just another way to sneer at the political Right in America?

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