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A passionate defense of capitalism as the only system that can guarantee individual rights.

In the introduction to this slim volume, Sidhu (They Don’t Kiss in the Movies, 2005) criticizes conservatives and liberals alike, saying he’s searching for an alternative path. He then proceeds to outline an objectivist history of the United States, addressing a wide range of topics that include the Declaration of Independence, slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow laws, religion, poverty and monetary policy. The author rejects the concepts of civil and human rights as superfluous, saying that capitalist democracies already afford individual rights to all citizens. According to Sidhu, unfettered capitalism would set things right and take care of any discrepancies. For example, an employer who refuses to hire a qualified candidate due to some type of discrimination would eventually pay the price due to unsound, illogical business practices; the government, the author says, shouldn’t intervene in such situations. Although his opinions may not please all readers, he maintains clarity and restraint throughout most of the text. However, readers may find the book loses credibility in the seemingly tacked-on final section, “Part Four: Current Events,” written before the elections of 2012, which features an alarming diatribe about President Barack Obama: “I agree with Dinesh D’Souza that his actions are deliberate, meaning that he could be safely accused of trying to destroy the country’s economy.” Even Michelle Obama doesn’t escape criticism: “She can barely contain herself in talking of her slave ancestors in speeches to the black public.” The book also targets other familiar suspects in conspiracy theories involving the Federal Reserve, the United Nations and the Environmental Protection Agency. While criticizing the lack of objectivity in the mainstream media, the book makes the following questionable assertion: “Only the Fox News channel is immune to this partisan behavior.” After this, many readers may have difficulty taking the rest of the book seriously.

An earnest but uneven work ultimately undermined by its ending.

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1480901667
Page count: 90pp
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co.
Program: Kirkus Indie
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