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  •  Great example of the organized propaganda is the (9+ / 0-)

    official review in Amazon of the egregious Ann Coulter's book, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter (which the diarist kindly linked to as well). Here's the first paragraph:

    How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), the instant New York Times bestseller, shows why Ann Coulter has become the most recognized—and controversial—conservative intellectual in years. Coulter ranges far and wide in this powerful and entertaining book, which draws on her weekly columns. No subject is off-limits, no comment left unsaid. She even includes a special chapter featuring the pieces that squeamish editors refused to publish—“what you could have read if you lived in a free country.”
    "conservative INTELLECTUAL"? Wow. That's like calling Dick Cheney a "world renowned humanitarian" or George W. a "Yale educated scholar".

    Here's more -- Coulter's advice? Just the opposite of what is being offered here:

    ...don't be defensive, always outrage the enemy, and never apologize to, compliment, or show graciousness to a Democrat.
    Never show graciousness to a Democrat. Never engage (or acknowledge) liberals as human beings, but always as The Enemy to be eliminated and destroyed. Right in sync with the eliminationist, dehumanizing rhetoric that is heard nonstop on AM hate radio.

    I agree completely with the diarist. When faced with people who consider themselves conservatives because they've been taught to demonize anyone who isn't conservative as other, as The Enemy, if we can deal with them as fellow human beings with whom we share common goals and aspirations, we've won half the battle, because we've undermined the very foundation that allows people to avoid discussing actual ideas and policies and simply reject liberals as evil socialist freedom-hating communist nazi foreign enemies.

    "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

    by flitedocnm on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 02:03:27 PM PDT

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    •  conservative intellectual? (1+ / 0-)
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      Oxymoron. One thing that's impressed me about "conservative intellectuals" from position papers and political articles is just how far down the totem pole they are from real intellectuals, or even intelligent and informed people.

      Another is how sloppy their work is, even when drafting laws intended to benefit wealthy constituencies. Noticed how frequently this crap gets tossed out or hamstrung in courts, even those one would expect to be friendly to them?

      The wingnut welfare machine doesn't get the best, they get the best money can buy. Usually not the same thing.

      The people they recruit out of college are people who already know they can't make it in the academic or business worlds because they simply are not intelligent enough or hard working enough, so they don't mind being propaganda mouthpieces with no credibility outside the Fox zone.

      They're only dangerous because they've got serious money behind them from the people who expect to profit from America's destruction (well, it's worked so far) without getting hit with any of the negative consequences (I wouldn't recommend anyone who's < 60 bet their lives on it).

      People who know their credibility and accomplishments are going to matter to them in the future aren't going to sign up for wingnut welfare because they don't need that kind of help.

      Peak Oil is NOW! Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 12:36:42 AM PDT

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    •  That "free country" remark is odd.... (0+ / 0-)

      Seems that a "free country" to her is one where she can dictate what someone else chooses to put into print.

      Better buy your own printing press if you want that right, dear.

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 03:59:36 AM PDT

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    •  Well said, what we need to differentiate (1+ / 0-)
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      ... is between people who've read Ann Coulter and Ann Coulter.

      Our fight is with Ann Coulter. Not the people who've read Ann Coulter.

      Coulter provokes on purpose to deliberately divide. Once you realize the strategy, it's so much easier to break through with people who've read Ann Coulter.

      Because most of them, at heart, don't really agree with Ms. Coulter. The few that do are not worth our time.

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