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- Sept. 14, 2020
-- Lou Marinoff's The Middle Way: ABCs of Happiness in a World of Extremes
is a clarion and profoundly relevant revisiting of the ideas first introduced in the original best-selling edition of this title (2007). Only nowadays the extremes it excoriates have reached a fevered pitch. The Middle Way is a razor-sharp condemnation of the toxic identity politics and totalitarian political correctness that have poisoned Western cultures. It is also a compelling argued exposé of corrupted Western institutions and their Marxist ideologues who view "the kaleidoscopic spectrum of humanity solely through the restrictive lenses of race, class and gender." The Middle Way is both a timely book and a book desperately needed in these polarizing times.
After introducing the ABCs and extolling their conservative virtues, Marinoff takes to task political extremism from the radical Left that is tearing America and the West apart. He goes on to contrast the "sacred" extremisms of unchallengeable theocracy with the "profane" extremisms of godless Marxism. He shows how human evolution favored the emergence and dispersion of mutually hostile tribes, who must now commingle and cooperate in a globalized world. He details how the Left's relentless politicization of sex difference has waged wars against patriarchy, men, boys, and the nuclear family. He contrasts the appalling lack of basic education in the developing world with cultural Marxism's lowering of an "Ivy Curtain" over Western higher education, exposing how their "People's Democratic Universities"
have replaced liberal arts with political indoctrination.
Marinoff also rings alarm bells over increasing economic extremes, with ever-more of the world's wealth concentrated in ever-fewer hands. The accompanying impoverishment of the middle classes only empowers extremists. He critiques "totemic" extremes of "McFoods" and "McDrugs," and their impositions of noxious global brands on herds of ill-informed consumers. He confronts head-on the extremes of the Middle East, including the Arab world's demonization of Israel, their repeated attempts to annihilate the Jewish State, and their hijacking of history itself. Finally, he tackles terrorist extremes, showing how the ABCs can help resolve even this most extreme manifestation of extremism.
Drawing on the wisdom of Aristotle, Buddha, and Confucius, The Middle Way
never wavers in its erudite defense of Western civilization, and celebration of all humanity in our best light. Marinoff draws an effective moral map, helping us to optimize individual happiness, social harmony, and political stability.
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