The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion

The Pity Party A Mean Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion In the vein of Jonah Goldberg s Liberal Fascism comes a scathing and reasoned critique of the politics of liberal compassion and why liberals lack of interest in the results of their policies renders

  • Title: The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion
  • Author: William Voegeli
  • ISBN: 9780062289292
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the vein of Jonah Goldberg s Liberal Fascism comes a scathing and reasoned critique of the politics of liberal compassion and why liberals lack of interest in the results of their policies renders them unfit to govern.For decades, conservatives have chafed at being called heartless and uncaring by liberals, without ever challenging this charge Instead, they ve speIn the vein of Jonah Goldberg s Liberal Fascism comes a scathing and reasoned critique of the politics of liberal compassion and why liberals lack of interest in the results of their policies renders them unfit to govern.For decades, conservatives have chafed at being called heartless and uncaring by liberals, without ever challenging this charge Instead, they ve spent their time trying to prove that they really do care Now, political scientist William Voegeli turns the tables on this argument, making the case that compassion is neither the essence of personal virtue, nor the ultimate purpose of government.Liberals have built a remarkable edifice of government programs that are justified by appeals to compassion Yet as Voegeli shows, they are indifferent whether these programs fail or succeed Instead, when the problems these programs are created to solve fail to disappear, they propose to fix underperforming programs with money, or programs Meanwhile, conservatives who challenge their effectiveness on practical grounds are met with charges of being heartless right wingers Voegeli explores various programs that have become battlefields between Conservatives fighting for efficiency, and Liberals fighting for the status quo Along the way, he explains the philosophical underpinnings of the Liberal project that created and reinforce this misapplied ideal of compassion, and why, without a major change, Liberals must be considered unfit to govern.

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    1. Summed up well when he says Liberalisms greatest downfall is it's "political stances that illustrate one's heart is in the right place, combined with an indifference to whether the policies based on this stance can acheive their intended results." So many examples - ie Head Start, ADC, the Green Movement, etc


    2. This book is a fantastic articulation of the psychology of the modern liberal-progressive left and the basis of their political power. Since the books writing we now have President Donald J. Trump and face the 2018 election cycle. The real world in blue states outside Washington is dealing with what happens when liberal compassion is challenged in a very tactile way-deliberate attacks on law enforcement, policies that normalize and subsidize addiction, homelessness, and crime, and the anti Trump [...]


    3. I "stickered" a lot of passages in my hardback copy of the book, for future reference. For example, the author discusses how the original argument for Obamacare was that 47 million were uninsured but that in the final analysis only 3 million were truly the target of Obamacare.I could not tell in the final chapter whether the author was in favor of the concept of a negative income tax. He cited others who had promoted the idea, but he did not convince me that a negative income tax would make the [...]


    4. Despite the unfortunate subtitle, this book is frighteningly good. He tears the modern liberal mindset to shreds. And he is surprisingly deep. He doesn't merely rip stupid things Charlie Rangel or Rachel Maddow said yesterday. He goes into political and moral philosophy pretty deeply at times, without missing the nuts and bolts of formulating and implementing public policy. And it's more than just the welfare state, which one might think from the title. He tackles everything from immigration to [...]


    5. I did not finish this book. In fact, I only got about 40 pages in.I feel bad giving it only 2 stars, because the book is exactly what the title says: a mean-spirited diatribe.However, even diatribes need standards, and in written form one has the ability to go back and make things not sound like verbal splatter. I don't have the mental energy these days to restructure Voegeli's arguments into something that actually makes sense - I figure the person writing the book should do that. I generally a [...]


    6. Living in a community of compassionate progressives, and having PCism thrust down my throat every day, this book was refreshing to read. Not that I am an über conservative (rather more of a libertarian), I found the observations of the author correct, that everyone is a victim now. One cannot ask anyone to assume personal responsibility, otherwise one is labeled as being bereft of compassion. All this compassion is becoming very expensive in this country, and yet the poor and marginalized in so [...]



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