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Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy (2005)

af Peter Schweizer

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"I don't own a single share of stock." --Michael Moore Members of the liberal left exude an air of moral certitude. They pride themselves on being selflessly committed to the highest ideals and seem particularly confident of the purity of their motives and the evil nature of their opponents. To correct economic and social injustice, liberals support a whole litany of policies and principles: progressive taxes, affirmative action, greater regulation of corporations, raising the inheritance tax, strict environmental regulations, children's rights, consumer rights, and much, much more. But do they actually live by these beliefs? Peter Schweizer decided to investigate in depth the private lives of some prominent liberals: politicians like the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, the Kennedys, and Ralph Nader; commentators like Michael Moore, Al Franken, Noam Chomsky, and Cornel West; entertainers and philanthropists like Barbra Streisand and George Soros. Using everything from real estate transactions, IRS records, court depositions, and their own public statements, he sought to examine whether they really live by the principles they so confidently advocate. What he found was a long list of glaring contradictions. Michael Moore denounces oil and defense contractors as war profiteers. He also claims to have no stock portfolio, yet he owns shares in Halliburton, Boeing, and Honeywell and does his postproduction film work in Canada to avoid paying union wages in the United States. Noam Chomsky opposes the very concept of private property and calls the Pentagon "the worst institution in human history," yet he and his wife have made millions of dollars in contract work for the Department of Defense and own two luxurious homes. Barbra Streisand prides herself as an environmental activist, yet she owns shares in a notorious strip-mining company. Hillary Clinton supports the right of thirteen-year-old girls to have abortions without parental consent, yet she forbade thirteen-year-old Chelsea to pierce her ears and enrolled her in a school that would not distribute condoms to minors. Nancy Pelosi received the 2002 Cesar Chavez Award from the United Farm Workers, yet she and her husband own a Napa Valley vineyard that uses nonunion labor. Schweizer's conclusion is simple: liberalism in the end forces its adherents to become hypocrites. They adopt one pose in public, but when it comes to what matters most in their own lives--their property, their privacy, and their children--they jettison their liberal principles and embrace conservative ones. Schweizer thus exposes the contradiction at the core of liberalism: if these ideas don't work for the very individuals who promote them, how can they work for the rest of us?… (mere)
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Regardless of your politics, this is interesting. Opinion changing, can-you-believe-that interesting. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
It’s tough sometimes for us conservatives. We try and try and try again to point out the rank hypocrisies of our liberal betters – did you see the size of that house Al Gore just bought – only to be poo-poo’ed by our listeners, and to see our attempts muffled by a liberal-compliant mainstream media.

The problem is, then we sometimes get angry, and our tone gets perhaps a bit strident, and then we’re open to yet more opprobrium for being hateful haters who hate.

These temptations/pitfalls must have haunted Peter Schweizer as he grazed the vast buffet of liberal hypocrites available to him to expose and castigate. But he keeps his head, chooses wisely (he skewers such liberal leading lights as Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, the Colossus of double-speak that is Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, the Clintons, and more), and writes it all up in the calmest, most even tone imaginable. There’s not an intemperate word in this book – just page after page after chapter of clearly-recorded, utterly infuriating hypocrisies from people who make it their life’s mission to hector the rest of us.

Schweizer is to be commended for this work. It’s a pity it’s not better-known and, incidentally, that it’s so ill-served by its rather lurid cover.

Highly recommended. ( )
1 stem mrtall | Jan 10, 2012 |
This is one oof my favorite books. It deals with various liberal political and cultural leaders who talk the progressive talk, but live their lives conservatively. Many of these people devote their lives to bashing the capitalist system and yet, through it, they became millionaires--some, billionaires. ( )
  GeorgeBarr | Jul 24, 2010 |
This book is for those who say that they avoid church because "that's where all the hypocrites are." ( )
  snappytype | Sep 6, 2008 |
Hoover Fellow and investigative reporter Peter Schweizer has done his research. This book deals in facts and the author has the documentation to back them up. If you vote in the U.S.A. you must read this book. Everyone should be informed and know what those who have the media exposure and support really stand for so you can make an informed decision.

Though we all know that both conservatives and liberals can be hypocritical. The hypocrisy of conservatives are bashed without any respite in the press whenever found or even hinted at. While the liberal hypocrisy is not only ignored but also at times even hidden by the modern press. We know that the press and media are very liberal and are no longer objective. What Mr. Schweizer well researched book shows us is just how much hypocrisy exist in the most vocal of the leftist activist. And it is stunning, but expected.

The revelations of Michael Moore who insist that corporations are evil and he does not invest in them due to moral principals are proven to be a blatant lie. He is documented as investing in big corporations, including Halliburton! And the revelations of George Soros I am sure will be no surprise to anyone. A man who made his wealth because of the U.S.A., yet now not only wants to destroy all it stands for but invest his wealth outside of the country that made him wealthy. There are many more example that I am sure will not surprise others like Barbara Streisand or the Clinton's. But what did surprise me was that even those who seem like far left activist that would actually believe what they say do not. The likes of those like Noam Chomsky and Ralph Nader.

Schweisers' book shows us the reality that liberals like to condemn ordinary Americans and Republicans in general for a large host of things. Yet they do not apply the same standards to themselves. They are the very definition of hypocrisy. Each and every one of us should hold the media accountable to performing their job correctly. That they should investigate wrongdoing they find and report all news objectively. They are supposed to be working for the American people, not these very liberal activists. ( )
  mramos | Aug 23, 2007 |
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"I don't own a single share of stock." --Michael Moore Members of the liberal left exude an air of moral certitude. They pride themselves on being selflessly committed to the highest ideals and seem particularly confident of the purity of their motives and the evil nature of their opponents. To correct economic and social injustice, liberals support a whole litany of policies and principles: progressive taxes, affirmative action, greater regulation of corporations, raising the inheritance tax, strict environmental regulations, children's rights, consumer rights, and much, much more. But do they actually live by these beliefs? Peter Schweizer decided to investigate in depth the private lives of some prominent liberals: politicians like the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, the Kennedys, and Ralph Nader; commentators like Michael Moore, Al Franken, Noam Chomsky, and Cornel West; entertainers and philanthropists like Barbra Streisand and George Soros. Using everything from real estate transactions, IRS records, court depositions, and their own public statements, he sought to examine whether they really live by the principles they so confidently advocate. What he found was a long list of glaring contradictions. Michael Moore denounces oil and defense contractors as war profiteers. He also claims to have no stock portfolio, yet he owns shares in Halliburton, Boeing, and Honeywell and does his postproduction film work in Canada to avoid paying union wages in the United States. Noam Chomsky opposes the very concept of private property and calls the Pentagon "the worst institution in human history," yet he and his wife have made millions of dollars in contract work for the Department of Defense and own two luxurious homes. Barbra Streisand prides herself as an environmental activist, yet she owns shares in a notorious strip-mining company. Hillary Clinton supports the right of thirteen-year-old girls to have abortions without parental consent, yet she forbade thirteen-year-old Chelsea to pierce her ears and enrolled her in a school that would not distribute condoms to minors. Nancy Pelosi received the 2002 Cesar Chavez Award from the United Farm Workers, yet she and her husband own a Napa Valley vineyard that uses nonunion labor. Schweizer's conclusion is simple: liberalism in the end forces its adherents to become hypocrites. They adopt one pose in public, but when it comes to what matters most in their own lives--their property, their privacy, and their children--they jettison their liberal principles and embrace conservative ones. Schweizer thus exposes the contradiction at the core of liberalism: if these ideas don't work for the very individuals who promote them, how can they work for the rest of us?

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