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by Jonah Goldberg

A reader got this in his Amazon recommendations: Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same (Suny Series in African American Studies)

Here’s the info:

Product Description

Systematically illustrates the inescapable racism of American conservatism.

From the Back Cover

In this provocative, wide-ranging study, Robert C. Smith contends that ideological conservatism and racism are and always have been equivalent in the United States. In this carefully constructed and thoroughly documented philosophical, historical, and empirical inquiry, Smith analyzes conservative ideas from John Locke to William F. Buckley Jr., as well as the parallels between the rise and decline of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1970s and the ascendancy of the conservative movement to national power in 1980. Using archival material from the Reagan library, the book includes detailed analysis of the Reagan presidency and race, focusing on affirmative action, the Voting Rights act, the Grove City case, welfare reform, South Africa policy, and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They are the Same goes beyond a focus on the right wing, concluding with an analysis of the enduring impact of the conservative movement and the Reagan presidency on liberalism, race, and the Democratic Party.

Democratic Party? Nice.

But I don’t know which is the bigger scandal: the book, or the price: $85

Update: From a reader:

College bookstores are chock full of this type of crap. When I taught at Los Angeles Pierce (Community) College, the publishers sent me their latest offerings each new semester, and it was horrifying.  The editor of one book of multi-culti essays stated in his intro that many young Americans of the current college generation had served in the military, so their only experience of international peoples was in going to their country for the sole purpose of killing them.  This book was offered as a corrective to that unhappy experience.  I was so infuriated when I read that, that I threw the book into the trash, something I have regretted ever since, because it would be useful to show just how degenerate American schools have become.

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