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Left-right confusion: How our intellectuals screwed-up!

Aamot, Paul

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ISBN 10: 0963707019 / ISBN 13: 9780963707017
Published by Arden Publishers, 1999
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Title: Left-right confusion: How our intellectuals ...

Publisher: Arden Publishers

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Good

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What is liberal, conservative, left, right, socialism, capitalism, and all the other words writers use to explain and describe the world in our time. Students, as well as adults, deserve to know.Left-Right Confusion explains how these important words are used by historians and recognized writers the world over. It also explains how writers have often misused these words to mislead and confuse readers and to defend their own personal biases.Other important words students and readers should know and use are included in this book as well. Words such as objective, subjective, connotation, denotation, logic, deductive and inductive thinking, and truth are some other very important words explained in this book.There are also definitions of many of the isms used by writers: such as Marxism, fascism, despotism, elitism, Nazism, feudalism, etc. Explained too are many of the words used to identify various types of governments that exist now or have existed in the past: such as aristocracy, autocracy, monarchy, oligarchy, theocracy and of course democracy.Brief but helpful answers are given to some very important questions: such as What is a republic?, is the U.S. a republic or a democracy?, what is dissent?, what is truth? Students and adults deserve to know what is in this book.

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Since Paul Aamot is a decorated veteran of World War II-he received three Air Medals for combat missions as a radioman-gunner on carrier based planes-he has had an intense interest in how that war preserved and expanded freedom in the world.In his writing classes, in a small college, his students often wrote about World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. He was often shocked by how confused students were about such words as freedom, democracy, socialism, capitalism, totalitarianism, left, right, liberal, conservative and all the other words writers use to explain the governments, economies, social orders, etc. of all the countries in the world.But he did not blame students for their confusion and lack of knowledge and understanding about, for instance, the free vs the non-free world during the Cold War-about which students, understandably, liked to write. He felt that writers of articles and books-very often learned intellectuals-have not done a very good job of informing readers and students about governments and economies in the world.Consequently, he wrote Left-Right Confusion to help students better understand the governments and economies of the world. He also cites examples of how some writers have misused words over the years and how that misuse has served to confuse readers and students alike. That is why the sub-title of Left-Right Confusion is How our Intellectuals Screwed-up!

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