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Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control. Glenn Beck

I have never taken Glenn Beck’s pronouncements with less than several grains of salt, viewing him as an entertainer rather than a serious philosopher of our societal challenges. However, he does make some valid points about politics in general, if you’re able to circumvent his visceral distaste for progressivism and liberals.

From the inside flap: “Politicians may be sleazy and spineless, but they’re not stupid. They see that the way to win is by first telling people everything that is wrong with the world, and then painting a vision of the life they want—a Utopian vision that they’ll create right here on earth, one where no one is ever sick or hungry, jobless, or homeless. All we have to do is surrender our freedom and someone else’s wallet and they’ll make it happen. And so they continue to lie, and we continue to believe them, and they keep winning elections. The only way to break the cycle is to understand why Americans fall for the deception over and over again.”

Beck’s answer to why the public continues to fall for these political deceptions again and again is simple: fear.