Stephen Karlson (shkarlson) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Stephen Karlson
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WISHFUL THINKING?

Our President has his laundry list of things to do, and so does the opposition.  There's a sometimes spot-on, and sometimes funny, such list laid out in Kurt Schlichter's Conservative Insurgency: The Struggle to Take America Back, material for Book Review No. 2.  Part phillippic, part polemic, part plausible, Insurgency might prefigure the changing domestic politics of the next twenty years, or it might be insider positioning for the Pajamas Media moguls.  The premise is plausible enough: another eight years of Hillary Clinton as president, confronting increasingly resistant states, with independent-minded legislatures and Republican majorities in Congress.  Some of the targets -- the legacy press, the elite colleges, the fine arts -- get the predictable treatment.  But Mr Schlichter's characterization of Wal-Mart as simply another enabler of the welfare state is hilarious.  What's missing, though, is any serious consideration of the United States in the world.  Yes, Iran gets nukes.  What happens next, though, might require careful thought.  Perhaps Insurgency exists to keep the opposition cheerful.  The serious work, though, will be in developing coherent replacements for the big-government policies that are failing in ways Insurgency anticipates.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)

Tags: alternate history, dystopia, fantasy, politics
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