Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

How A Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution

Book - 2018 | First Free Press hardcover edition
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The people who run America now barely interact with it. They fly on their own planes, ski on their own mountains, watch sporting events far from the stands in sky boxes. They have total contempt for you. And traditional liberals are gone as well. The patchouli-scented hand-wringers who worried about whales and defended free speech have been replaced by globalists who hide their hard-edged economic agenda behind the smokescreen of identity politics. They'll outsource your job while lecturing you about transgender bathrooms. Left and right, Carlson says, are no longer meaningful categories in America. Our leaders are fools, Carlson concludes, "unaware that they are captains of a sinking ship." But then he answers the all-important question: How do we put the country back on course?
Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2018
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501183669
1501183664
Branch Call Number: 305.52 C28s
Characteristics: vii, 243 pages ; 22 cm

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davidhairston
Sep 25, 2019

Carlson makes a very good presentation of the illogical and hypocritical positions of many "institutions" that are not elected or representative of many Americans. Anyone that reads a cross section of available and reliable news information will recognize many of the players in the "Ship of Fools" and will be aware at some level of the tragedy / comedy of their actions. You do not have to agree with Carlson, BUT you should read and ponder what he writes. Even if a fraction of Carlson's statements are true, we as a country need a major course correction. The Ship of Fools is populated by the elites who have surreal opinions, politicians that we "elect" but who serve the interests of institutional masters, and a vast army of institutionalists (name any organization...) and their one issue dances. The electorate will on the Ship of Fools as well unless we lead by selecting responsible and responsive leaders and then hold them accountable for their actions.

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biessel_01
Sep 03, 2019

Carlson writes a very well written book which serves to point out the hypocrisy of politicians, groups, and organizations on both the left and right of the American political spectrum. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, and I encourage anyone to read it with an open mind.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 15, 2019

If there is a ship of fools, Carlson is the captain.

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michaelfwood
Jul 15, 2019

It started off good, being both provocative and thoughtful. Eventually, though, the author shook off his good manners and launched into his typical hysteria against Democrats, liberals, and anybody that disagreed with him...however slightly. A squandered opportunity. Alas.

There are a lot of things I would disagree with Carlson on, but he makes some valid points.Could be profitably read by liberals and conservatives alike.

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MichelleinBallard
May 19, 2019

Despite a penchant for overbroad claims and conclusions, Tucker Carlson has some worthy and important things to say about how America's political, cultural, and economic elites have betrayed the people and the yet-to-be fully realized promise of the U.S. He is bi-partisan in his criticism.

His analysis, in the Introduction, of the 2016 election has more than a grain of truth to it: "Trump's election wasn't about Trump. It was a throbbing middle finger in the face of America's ruling class. It was a gesture of contempt, a howl of rage, the end result of decades of selfish and unwise decisions made by selfish and unwise leaders. Happy countries don't elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do." The real strong points of the book are the first four chapters. I thought his chapter 3, "Foolish Wars" was very good though tainted by, among other things, his misapprehension of "Liberal" criticism of U.S. imperialism. I would tell Carlson that many of the Liberals he's thinking about focused on U.S. policy in no small part because they, rightly or not, take seriously the idea that their 'own' government is accountable to them and they bear responsibility for its actions.

In chapters five and six, Carlson's critique of identity politics is largely on point but he falls into that very trap--from the Right--while also venturing out of his intellectual depth. This leads him to make ridiculous, sweeping, and unsupported ad hominem claims such as the following concerning "professional feminist[s]": "Not one of them has a personal life you'd care to emulate. You wouldn't want to have dinner with them. They're neurotic, miserable people." (p. 182).

He also takes a few gratuitous jabs at transgender people throughout the book. Here, again, he falls into the identity politics trap while not knowing what he's talking about. This kind of nonsense can be alienating for "progressives" who might benefit from other parts of his book. It's also prompted at least one commenter to tell a ludicrous fable about "retail places" in my hometown, Seattle, going out of business because of "transgender" bathrooms. All this brings me to another weakness of the book--it has no source notes and most of the numerous anecdotes Carlson uses are not accompanied by sufficient information for a critical reader to verify them for context and accuracy.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid very few "progressives" (or "conservatives") will venture outside their ideological silos to consider Carlson's perspectives. I hope I'm wrong. "Ship of Fools" certainly has its problems but it's a quick and worthwhile read that demonstrates some real courage of conviction on Carlson's part.

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red_dog_14987
Apr 03, 2019

How can any one take this fool and his conspiracy theories seriously? I suppose the same people who think Dumpy is a stable genius. #sad

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maclin
Mar 17, 2019

Excellent reading and truthful narration from Tucker Carlson. I give it TEN stars!

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Sewhappy1
Mar 12, 2019

I wasn't sure when I began listening to the intro whether I was going to like this book. Got through the intro and into the first chapter and ejected the CD's. As I thought about it more, I debated with myself about trying again. After reading the comments herein, I have decided my initial gut reaction was going to be followed. Am returning the set to the library for someone else to perhaps get something out of it. I certainly was disappointed in the direction this book tried to take me.

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gotcats
Mar 12, 2019

From the book jacket and introduction:

"Trump's election wasn't about Trump. It was a throbbing middle finger in the face of America's ruling class. It was a gesture of contempt, a howl of rage, the end result of decades of selfish and unwise decisions made by selfish and unwise leaders. Happy countries don't elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do.

"In retrospect, the lesson seemed obvious: Ignore voters for long enough and you get Donald Trump. Yet the people at whom the message was aimed never received it. Instead of pausing, listening, thinking, and changing, America's ruling class withdrew into a defensive crouch."

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MichelleinBallard
May 20, 2019

"Why is it fair that some inherited-money loser living off the interest from an investment portfolio he didn't create pays half the taxes per dollar that you do? ... Is he twice as necessary as you are? ...

"... you can see how a conversation like that might quickly spin out of control and become a threat to the existing order. ... Better to change the subject away from economics entirely.

"Identity politics is a handy way to do that. It's not a coincidence that since the life expectancy of working-class whites in America has declined, elite attacks on working-class whites have escalated. White men now kill themselves at about ten times the rate of black and Hispanic women. Yet white men are consistently framed as the oppressors, particularly blue-collar white men.

"This happens to be the only group in America whose average wages have declined consistently over decades. Their privilege is nevertheless a threat to the rest of us, we're told."

pp. 143-144.

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MichelleinBallard
May 20, 2019

"How often do bombings actually improve people's lives? ...

"The practical effects of the policies are less interesting to policy makers in Washington than the spirit in which they're intended. When you're pulling the trigger, the spirit is always pure. Liberals believed that Curtis LeMay dropped bombs because he was a crazed warmonger who took pleasure in hurting people. Liberals believe they bomb countries for the same reason they once opposed bombing countries, because they want to make the world a better place. Intent is what matters.

"... Liberal skepticism of the Vietnam War was inseparable from a generalized suspicion of the establishment. The left distrusted the government's rhetoric and goals in the Vietnam War because the left distrusted the government itself. Liberals knew powerful people were happy to lie to them."

"Liberals now control those elite institutions. They no longer distrust power; they wield it."

p. 106

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MichelleinBallard
May 20, 2019

"Change itself is inherently virtuous, our leaders explain. Those who oppose it are bigots. We must celebrate the fact that a nation that was overwhelmingly European, Christian, and English-speaking fifty years ago has become a place with no ethnic majority, immense religious pluralism, and no universally shared culture or language. It's called diversity. It's our highest value.

"In fact diversity is not a value. It's a neutral fact, inherently neither good nor bad. Lost in the mindless celebration of change is an obvious question: why should a country with no shared language, ethnicity, religion, culture, or history remain a country? Countries don't hang together simply because. They need a reason. What's ours?"

pp. 10-11.

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