Book Review: Demonic by Ann Coulter


Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering AmericaSince my last book was Bill Clinton’s Back To Work (notably left-leaning), I went back the other direction and read Ann Coulter’s DemonicDemonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America. I know… from one extreme to the other, but that’s what I do. This is the first of Coulter’s books that I’ve read. I’ve seen her on talk shows for years and have always found her interesting (even if she is quite incendiary), but this is the first time I decided to read one of her books.

It is, to say the least, provocative.


Those familiar with Ann Coulter know that, regardless of whether or not you agree with her, she says what she thinks. She is unapologetic, direct and can be quite aggressive in her commentary. While I agree with a lot of her positions, even I find her to sometimes be a bit “over the top”. Her book is no different. Anyone other than the most avowed conservatives will find it necessary to take some of her statements with a grain of salt. Looking beyond the colorful rhetoric however, an objective reader will find a lot of truth in her arguments.

Much of her book is based on the principles of group behavior as written in Gustave le Bon’s study, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular MindThe Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. Coulter makes numerous connections between those principles and the Progressive political movement, which appear to be very obvious, yet overlooked by most.

Coulter covers over 200 years of history to add context to the discussion, which is meticulously documented by over 30 pages of bibliographical notes. The book is broken down into four parts, each focusing on separate, but related, components in an effort to help the reader understand the underlying motivations of the Progressive movement:

PART I: The Psychology Of The Liberal
The first section explores the psychology of mobs, their compulsions, contradictions and theories and how they related to the Progressive movement.

PART II: The Historical Context Of The Liberal
This section looks back at history and the origins of the movement. It includes a very interesting contrast between the American and French revolutions and probably provides more information about the French Revolution that my high school World History class did.

PART III: The Violent Tendencies Of The Liberal
Here Coulter dissects many incidents of violence in our modern history and clearly refutes the claims by the left that the right-wingers are the perpetrators.

PART IV: Why Would Anyone Be A Liberal?
Finally, Coulter discusses the reasons why she believes people adopt a Progressive philosophy.

As can be clearly seen just from the titles of each section, this book is not for the faint of heart. In fact, for my left-leaning friends, I’ll save you some time. Unless you fancy yourself as being objective, open-minded and willing to have your political views challenged, don’t bother reading this book. You’ll hate it. You probably won’t make it past the first chapter without screaming obscenities about Coulter and the “fascist right”. (Although, in all fairness, you probably hate Coulter on spec anyway and wouldn’t be caught dead with one of her books!)

For my right-leaning friends, you will most likely love it. Being the firebrand that she is, Coulter throws one pointed dart after the other (perhaps javelin is a better word), systematically undermining claim after claim made by the left. She points out, with documented clarity, the hypocrisy of so many in the Progressive movement. So much so in fact, that it’s no wonder those same individuals go out of their way to impugn her character in any way possible.

Lastly, for my moderate friends, all I can say is this: Maintain your objectivity as I would assume you do anytime you read opinions from political commentators.

Overall, I think it’s a really good book, provided that the reader is objective. It is certainly not for everyone due to the obvious fact that Coulter holds strong political views, but it is a thorough, well documented exploration of the psychology behind the Progressive movement. I’m actually surprised that the left hasn’t organized mass book-burnings dedicated solely to Ms. Coulter.

Demonic:

How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

Book Description:
Publication Date: June 7, 2011

The demon is a mob, and the mob is demonic. The Democratic Party activates mobs, depends on mobs, coddles mobs, publicizes and celebrates mobs—it is the mob. Sweeping in its scope and relentless in its argument, Demonic explains the peculiarities of liberals as standard groupthink behavior. To understand mobs is to understand liberals.

In her most provocative book to date, Ann Coulter argues that liberals exhibit all the psychological characteristics of a mob, for instance:

Liberal Groupthink: “The same mob mentality that leads otherwise law-abiding people to hurl rocks at cops also leads otherwise intelligent people to refuse to believe anything they haven’t heard on NPR.”

Liberal Schemes: “No matter how mad the plan is—Fraternité, the ‘New Soviet Man,’ the Master Race, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, Building a New Society, ObamaCare—a mob will believe it.”

Liberal Enemies: “Instead of ‘counterrevolutionaries’, liberals’ opponents are called ‘haters’, ‘those who seek to divide us’, ‘tea baggers’, and ‘right-wing hate groups’. Meanwhile, conservatives call liberals ‘liberals’—and that makes them testy.”

Liberal Justice: “In the world of the liberal, as in the world of Robespierre, there are no crimes, only criminals.”

Liberal Violence: “If Charles Manson’s followers hadn’t killed Roman Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, Clinton would have pardoned him, too, and he’d probably be teaching at Northwestern University.”

Citing the father of mob psychology, Gustave Le Bon, Coulter catalogs the Left’s mob behaviors: the creation of messiahs, the fear of scientific innovation, the mythmaking, the preference for images over words, the lack of morals, and the casual embrace of contradictory ideas.

Coulter traces the history of the liberal mob to the French Revolution and Robespierre’s revolutionaries (delineating a clear distinction from America’s founding fathers), who simply proclaimed that they were exercising the “general will” before slaughtering their fellow citizens “for the good of mankind.”

Similarly, as Coulter demonstrates, liberal mobs, from student radicals to white-trash racists to anti-war and pro-ObamaCare fanatics today, have consistently used violence to implement their idea of the “general will.”

This is not the American tradition; it is the tradition of Stalin, of Hitler, of the guillotine—and the tradition of the American Left.

As the heirs of the French Revolution, Democrats have a history that consists of pandering to mobs, time and again, while Republicans, heirs to the American Revolution, have regularly stood for peaceable order.

Hoping to muddy this horrifying truth, liberals slanderously accuse conservatives of their own crimes—assassination plots, conspiracy theorizing, political violence, embrace of the Ku Klux Klan. Coulter shows that the truth is the opposite: Political violence—mob violence—is always a Democratic affair.

Surveying two centuries of mob movements, Coulter demonstrates that the mob is always destructive. And yet, she argues, beginning with the civil rights movement in the sixties, Americans have lost their natural, inherited aversion to mobs. Indeed, most Americans have no idea what they are even dealing with.

Only by recognizing the mobs and their demonic nature can America begin to defend itself.

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