Book Review: Stop The Coming Civil War

Stop The Coming Civil War:  My Savage Truth, by Michael Savage

In reading this book I was reminded of why I am not a fan of conservatarians like the author, even if we have similar hostility towards leftism.  I was also intrigued that this book seemed a bit prophetic about the 2016 election in terms of the reliance of Putin (!) as the last best hope for America (!!) [1].  It is remarkable that even though the author of this book and I have a similar concern about the coming of a second Civil War [2], the author shows much more concern for the authoritarian left, and I am much more concerned about the anarchical left (of the Occupy movement and antifa and related movements) provoking a response from conservatives in power.  At any rate, this was an interesting book to read even if I found much in it to disagree with, a disagreement from people whose worldviews are distinct and even antithetical but whose desire for the well-being of the country in which we live makes us part of the same overall political coalition despite those strong differences in worldview that exist.

This book of a bit over 250 of core material discusses several aspects of the culture war that liberals in Obama’s administration waged on the nation itself as part of a vast left-wing conspiracy.  Not being one that tends to be fond of conspiratorial thinking, this sort of structure was not one I particularly enjoyed.  The scope of the author’s discussions was notable, though, as it compared the contemporary era to the time around Lincoln’s inauguration with the mood of treason and strong governmental action against dissidents in the air.  The author discusses various wars on borders/language/culture, the strength and readiness of the U.S. military, the middle class, medicine, civil rights, science, schools, our allies (particularly Israel), and how the Civil War can be stopped through the election of better candidates.  Including in this book are the sort of red meat dealing with government corruption that included everything from illegal arms trading through Bengazi to fraud in enabling massive government handouts to banks to remarkably consistent praise for Putin that seems out of place for an author who strives to appeal to nationalism.  In general, this book points out the campaigns of 2014, when the Republicans gained control of both houses, as well as at least some of the nationalist appeals that would lead to a surprisingly decisive Republican victory in the presidential election.

There is a group of people that will likely find in this book the confirmation of their fears and concerns about the American political system, and some people that will likely reject everything that this book has to say simply based on who wrote it.  Among the lamentable aspects of our current societal crisis is the way that it seems as people are not interested in talking to anyone outside of their own particular group, and this book certainly shares that tendency to an alarming degree.  Perhaps strikingly and ironically, many of the same criticisms about purges in the military leadership in order to ensure political compliance as well as concerns about lowering the dignity of the office of the presidency at home and abroad that are leveled here against Obama are leveled in the lamestream media against the current president.  Concerns about foreign influence as well have been present on both the left and right, and appeals to the middle class and discussion of the ways that the other side are screwing them over.  No matter what side you are on, it seems the tendency is to use the same sort of arguments against your ideological enemies, making our political scene seem like a children’s game of taunting and tu quoque argumentation.

[1] See, for example:

[2] See, for example:

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