Freedom is Slavery. Slavery is Freedom. is flogging a book that is surely the darling of the religious right:

Exposé of the year: ‘The Marketing of Evil’
‘How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom’
by David Kupelian

some quotes:
According to “The Marketing of Evil,” Americans have come to tolerate, embrace and even champion many things that would have horrified their parents’ generation – from easy divorce and unrestricted abortion-on-demand to extreme body piercing and teaching homosexuality to grade-schoolers. Does that mean today’s Americans are inherently more morally confused and depraved than previous generations? Of course not, says veteran journalist David Kupelian. But they have fallen victim to some of the most stunningly brilliant and compelling marketing campaigns in modern history.

“The Marketing of Evil” reveals how much of what Americans once almost universally abhorred has been packaged, perfumed, gift-wrapped and sold to them as though it had great value. Highly skilled marketers, playing on our deeply felt national values of fairness, generosity and tolerance, have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which all previous generations since America’s founding regarded as grossly self-destructive – in a word, evil.

Notice how body piercing got on the list of evil things? What’s up with that? Notice how author David Kupelian points out that fairness, generosity and tolerance are what brought about these “evils”? According to Kupelian, fairness, generosity and tolerance are weaknesses that allow evil to flourish. If people were just more biased and bigoted we’d still have that Golden Era of the 1930s when lynchings were common and it wasn’t illegal to beat your children to death. (Ok, technically it was illegal but parents were rarely charged, rarely convicted if charged and rarely received more than a token sentence if convicted.) Naturally the book is warmly praised by dominionists D. James Kennedy and Donald E. Wildmon and the usual gang of right wingers.

The title of this post is a reaction to the subtitle of the book How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom. What Kupelian is calling corruption, most of us would refer to as liberty–as well as tolerance, fairness and generosity. Kupelian, like most rightwingers and dominionists, feels he’s entitled to dictate how people live. Someone across town doing something he doesn’t approve of keeps him awake at night. It isn’t right. He feels entitled to make them stop. To make YOU stop whatever it is you are doing that he doesn’t like.

Minding his own business is right out of the question.

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