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Paved with Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America

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Taylor believes that racism has declined dramatically in virtually all areas of American life, yet an enormous body of policy and opinion rests on the belief that American society is relentlessly prejudiced. The most important book on the subject of race for many years.--National Review.
Paperback, 421 pages
Published December 15th 2004 by New Century Books (first published 1992)
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Ill D
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essential, reviewed
It's an unflinching look at racial issues within 20th century America culminating in a damning sentencing of Affirmative Action, the modern welfare state, and all sorts of reverse racism policies that have been perpetuated in the U.S. from the Civil Rights act onward all in the name of equal opportunity and with nothing short of the best intentions. Fear-mongering within the penultimate chapter, and the possible cherry-picking of evidence concerning some various statistics aside, it's an excelle ...more
Kelly Korby
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having read many books/articles etc..about this topic this book did not come as a huge surprise to me,but it still manages to find a couple things to really surprise me.
Contrary to what many people say about the book and/or author,I found it to be balanced and objective in its critique of the role civil rights activism and legislation have played in the history of the America and its effects.I was familiar with Jared Taylor's position before reading this,but wasn't truly sure where the argument
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Cwn_annwn_13
Jan 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Taylor does a good job pointing out and documenting things like double standards in the media, movies, etc in how blacks are portrayed in an overly positive light compared to reality. Also how if a violent crime occurs and the victim is black and the perpetrator white it often becomes a a national hysteria, whereas black on white crimes, which are staggeringly more common are buried if not out and out intentionally covered up. He points out all the typical things that these respectable quasi rac ...more
Tim
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very well written and well argued book.

I will begin with my criticisms, and then where I think the book succeeded, followed by my take on the negative reviews of this book.

Jared Taylor did a masterful job of taking a touchy topic and mostly succeeding in presenting it in a way that is difficult to attack on its face. That's not to say he didn't make mistakes. Perhaps his mistakes aren't even visible without copious knowledge. For instance, back in 1992 when he authored this book, the Central P
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MrsRK
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The accusations of "racism" I see in some reviews lead me to conclude they have not read Mr. Taylor's book. To anyone with an open mind, who gives this book a fair read, that would be the last thing they would accuse him. He provides facts and a very well-documented research.

If you liked this book, here are some you might enjoy reading: Shelby Steele "White Guilt" and "A Dream Deferred"; Dr. Thomas Sowell "Intellectuals and Race" and "Race and Culture"; Dr. Walter E. Williams "Race and Economic
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Evan
I am going to fess up, and fess up hard here.

I was once a proto-fascist. In the late '80s and early '90s I avidly listened to right-wing radio: Rush Limbaugh and Barry Farber and Ken Hamblin ("The Black Avenger"). No, I would not say I was a skinhead or a KKK-level dummy and not a far-right-winger, mind you, but a center-rightist looking for a strong Alpha-male leader who would just say no. I suppose it's the same appeal Donald Trump has today for those whose political thinking is not much deepe
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Daniel L.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
A Dialog (?) on Race from an Avowed Racist

Judging from the positive reviews "Paved with Good Intentions" has garnered, author Jared Taylor has succeeded in repackaging his racist and white supremacist views in a format more palatable to mainstream readers. Make no mistake; Paved with Good Intentions is social Darwinism (i.e., eugenics) at its worst. Mr. Taylor argues that "welfare mothers" should accept a five-year implantable contraceptive device in return for government assistance. At least th
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Charles
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Excellent, detailed, well-cited, groundbreaking, and courageous.
Jake
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As relevant today as when it was first written in 1992...actually it's probably more relevant, even if many of the stats & figures are 25 years old. There are some hard truths discussed in this book, and society as a whole would be better off if we could discuss them more openly. If the author believed that 25 years in the future we would be discussing them openly he would have been wrong.

Highly recommended.
Super Amanda
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Despite the fact that I eschew his "values" Jared Taylor is not an inarticulate writer nor is his writing boring. I'm an anti-racist but I dislike what elite anti-racism has become which is anti-white. His brand of panacea for the racialist claims to preach "separatism." Separatism is also often confused with supremacy, many new style racialists claim. They will even argue that many "kind hearted" Whites who want to give illegal aliens in this country the opportunity to work, are themselves supr ...more
Benjamin Hill
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Past page 300ish this book devolved into pointless, racist, classist, sexist drivel. He suggests that reproduction is essentially at the heart of most problems and that certain people should not be allowed to reproduce. Unfortunately the author doesn't seem to even make a coherent argument so it's hard to be offended by something that is so nugatory. Nonetheless, I would strongly advise reading this book. Even as a way to see "the other side" it falls short on so many accounts.
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Jared Taylor was born in Japan, where he lived until he was 16 years old. He has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Yale University and a master's degree in international economics from l'Institut d' Etudes Politiques de Paris.

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