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Political Logic

Defeating Conservative Theories of Rationality

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Description

Political Logic by author and liberal blogger Larry Allen Brown is an explosive new book that explores the range of misuse of logic applied by conservative ideology and how to effectively combat it in a debate. It illustrates how Inductive Reasoning is applied in order to make a case for a political position - a method used extensively by Glenn Beck and others - and how Induction can never prove the theory it claims is true. In knowing this, it's important to make the person commit to justifying his position which will always result in infinite regress vs. his own dogmatic stance coming from his religious or political faith. Once he heads down this path, he walks into a death spiral of justifying each preceding justification for his position. His only recourse is to try to escape through circular reasoning which is itself a logical fallacy. In short, there is no rational justification for his position.

Political Logic points to a negative methodology as opposed to a positive one when we look for truth. Rather than an assertive position, it takes the position of criticism as the rational approach. If one is willing to hold his own position up to criticism, then one is never in a defensive position of having to irrationally justify himself in order to defend a theory of rationality. It means recognizing our own fallibility and understanding that we could be wrong. The conservative won't be able to do that.

This is a guide to what not to do, rather than what to assertively do. Observing the irrational behavior of the conservative will show you what not to do.

About the author:
Larry Allen Brown is a professional musician and recording artist with two CDs of acoustic guitar music, and a thriving teaching practice. Larry is also a published writer on topics dealing with music theory, politics, history, religion, and the philosophy of Critical Rationalism.
He's a liberal activist participating in numerous political forums, and performs in concerts on behalf of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and their World Music Days - Harmony for Humanity series to commemorate the life of Daniel Pearl, the journalist and musician murdered in Pakistan after 9/11.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 11, 2010 – While it was no secret that Americans on the far right of the political spectrum were unenthusiastic about Obama's victory, the immediacy and intensity of the backlash went well beyond what anyone expected. In this exhaustive investigation of the Tea Party movement and its loudest mouthpieces, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, Bunch seeks to help liberal and moderate America understand the rage of the right, where they see the nation headed, and how legitimate grievances are being manipulated by opportunists hawking fear to make millions off of working class people. While Bunch's own biases are apparent from page one, he is careful to try to present the far right in an honest light and, according to Bunch, without challenging their perspectives. Maturity in political discourse would be refreshing if Bunch were writing political discourse; he's not. This is investigative reporting. Bunch's primary issue seems to be Beck's opportunism, but his targeting of the only person he doesn't interview will likely make conservatives avoid his book, something Bunch clearly expects. But for liberals or moderates seeking to understand current far right events, the book will fascinate, and likely frighten.

Customer Reviews

Arguments against conservatism

The author hits hard at conservatives in this book. He provides a manual for defeating every form of conservative reasoning. I would not recommend the book to a conservative but liberals and progressives would love it.

Almost there

This is a great work, and I loved the covering of logical fallacies. However, I think that Brown performed a bit of hasty generalization over conservatives himself. If this book would have expanded more on logical fallacies, I would have been more interested in 4 if not 5 stars.

read it anyone. It is a light and interesting look in the the workings of a liberal poster in conservative forums.

Political Logic
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Politics & Current Events
  • Published: Sep 06, 2010
  • Publisher: Decent Hill
  • Seller: Decent Hill
  • Print Length: 218 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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