´´The purpose of politics is not to defeat your opponent as much as it is to provide superior leadership and better ideas than the opposition.´´ - Jack Kemp The late 1970s were miserable for America. It was the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate era, a time of high unemployment, ruinous inflation, gasoline lines, Communist advances, and bottomed-out US morale. In the 1980s it all turned around: ´´stagflation´´ ended, and nearly two decades of prosperity ensued. The Soviet Union retreated then collapsed. America again believed in itself. And around the world, democratic capitalism was deemed ´´the end of history´´. Ronald Reagan´s policies sparked the American renaissance, but the Gipper´s leadership is only part of the story. The economic theory that underpinned America´s success was pioneered by a star professional quarterback turned self-taught intellectual and ´´bleeding-heart conservative´´: Jack Kemp. Kemp´s role in a pivotal period in American history is at last illuminated in this first-ever biography, which also has lessons for the politics of today. Kemp was the congressional champion of supply-side economics - the idea that lowering taxes would foster growth. Even today, almost no one advocates a return to a top income tax rate of 70 percent. Kemp didn´t just challenge the Democratic establishment. He also encouraged his fellow Republicans to be growth (not austerity) minded, open their tent to minorities and blue-collar workers, battle poverty and discrimination, and once again become ´´the party of Lincoln´´. Kemp approached politics the same way he played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills: with a refusal to accept defeat. Yet he also was incapable of personal attack, arguing always on the level of ideas. He regarded opponents as adversaries, not enemies, and often cooperated with them to get things done.... ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Morton Kondracke, Fred Barnes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002693de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We know from opinion polls that Americans basically agree with the liberal agenda. But on election day, they vote for conservatives. So what gives? Journalist Peter Rice argues that liberals cheat themselves out of victories by being annoying. They´re all-too-quick to judge opponents as stupid, racist, insufficiently compassionate toward polar bears, and otherwise morally inferior. And they throw dry statistics and appeals to empathy at voters who are in no mood for either. In short, they sell liberal ideas with liberal values, which is about as effective as the guy at the dealership selling you a pickup by telling you about the fat commission he´s got coming. Luckily, there´s a simple solution: Use arguments that actually resonate with the other side. Be liberal, but for conservative reasons. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Rice. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085916de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mark Moller and Susan Chamberlin on the future of federalism at the Supreme Court; Bob Barr on why the Patriot Act is unnecessary to fight terrorism; Peter Van Doren on how health insurance impacts our medical choices; South African entrepreneur Moeletsi Mbeki on Africa´s wealth drain; Andrew Coulson on answering opponents of school choice with success stories from other countries; and Jeffrey Rogers Hummel on the deep roots of support for the American Revolution. Language: English. Narrator: Bill McGregor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/cato/050901de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One battle is over, but there are many more to come. This book is an indispensable guide to fighting the opponents of the conservative restoration. It identifies who the adversaries are, as well as their methods, motivations, and agenda, including the particular issues with which they will try to advance their destructive goal - and it lays out a strategy to defeat all of it. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Ian Patterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001649de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The special New Year´s Day 2011 edition of BBC Radio 4´s ´Beyond Westminster´, in which Andrew Rawnsley considers the lessons of history for Britain´s coalition government - and its opponents.Conservative and Liberal Democrat ministers are busily advancing their ambitious political and economic agenda - albeit amid parliamentary revolts and embarrassing comments to undercover reporters. Exactly a hundred years ago too, no party had an outright majority at Westminster, and a Liberal government relied on Irish Nationalists and a fledgling Labour Party to enact reform of Parliament, a radical budget and social changes. Lloyd George continued in coalition with the Conservatives after World War One only for peacetime tensions within the government to culminate in the ejection from Downing Street of Britain´s last Liberal prime minister, amid mass disaffection with Liberal splits. Can Nick Clegg avoid a similar fate befalling today´s Liberal Democrats? Seven months into ´new politics´, Andrew Rawnsley explores with historians Juliet Nicolson and Martin Pugh the record of past coalitions.He also discusses with The Rt. Hon. David Davis MP, Simon Hughes MP and Tristram Hunt MP the lessons of the past and questions whether this coalition will re-shape British politics. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/004688de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the third Quarterly Essay of 2001, Guy Rundle comes to grips with John Howard, the prime minister who, on the eve of an election, seems to have turned round his political fortunes by spurning refugees and writing blank cheques for America´s War on Terror. This is a brilliant account of John Howard´s dominant ideas, his concerted ´´dreaming´´ with its emphasis on unity and national identity that reveals him to be the most reactionary PM we have ever had, the only political leader who would allow ideas like those of One Nation to dominate the mainstream of Australian politics in order to improve his political chances. Rundle puts Howard in the context of the economic liberalism he shares with his colleagues and opponents and the conservative social ideology that sets him apart. It is a complex portrait in a radical mirror which relates John Howard to everything from Menzies´s ´´forgotten people´´ to the inadvertent glamour of the government´s antidrug advertising. It is also a plea for right-thinking people of every political persuasion to resist the call to prejudice and reaction. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Guy Rundle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001235de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you ever wondered how the best poker players in the world successfully bluff on a regular basis? Many amateurs make the mistake of mindlessly attempting sporadic bluffs because they do not fully understand when and why to bluff. In this audiobook, world class poker professional Jonathan Little (over $6,300,000 in live tournament winnings) explains when and why to bluff in order to maximize your chances of success. Bluffs demonstrates how to widen your ranges and force your opponents to make costly errors. In small and middle stakes cash games and tournaments, you will often find yourself playing against conservative opponents who play in a straightforward manner. Against these players, you can play a wide range with the intention of playing aggressively post-flop. Numerous examples, featuring the play of an amateur player who got out of his comfort zone to put these tactics to the test, make it clear when you should play aggressively and the things you should consider as you do so. Each situation is explained with attention to your hole cards, stack size, position, and your perception of your opponent. You will learn how to apply the concepts discussed in Bluffs in the real world, allowing you to win more money from poker. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Little. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068016de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Politics is war, but in America, one side is doing all the shooting - the liberals. Shell-shocked conservatives blame their failures on the media or on unscrupulous opponents, but they refuse to name the real culprit: themselves.In a book that will shatter the complacency of establishment conservatives, David Horowitz shows how Bill Clinton´s generation, having mastered the art of political war, has spent the last 10 years clobbering the conservatives in and out of government. The best-selling author of Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes has the strategy to fight back. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002768de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The face of terror is hard to recognize - especially when it´s homegrown. Blair Powell is set to join her father on the campaign trail even though a domestic terrorist group has already launched one attack on President Andrew Powell´s life. The orchestrators of the assassination attempt are still at large, and Andrew´s opponent is a popular ultra-conservative with questionable ties to the radical right. Blair´s wife, DHS Deputy Director Cameron Roberts, has been charged with the task of tracking down those responsible for the attack, while secretly searching for proof that a powerful senator is involved in treason. Cam has an ace in the hole no one knows about, however - an agent deep undercover in the stronghold of a radical militia group, FBI SA Loren McElroy. Cam´s biggest challenge is running the terrorists to ground without getting McElroy and her renegade handler, Skylar Dunbar, killed in the cross fire. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Abby Craden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014282de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Its 2082. The Christian Alliance and Islamic Caliphate are at war. After ten years of combat in Algeria, Sergeant Alejandro OMalley is sent back to the United States of America Reformation Republic. He finds a deadly socialist-conservative power struggle raging in Washington, D.C. Socialist President Tashika Fenton aims to be dictator for life. Her Department of Homeland Security murders political opponents while Islamic terrorists strike the city at will. In nearby Virginia, OMalley meets conservative rebel leader Francis Monroe. They fall in love and marry. President Fenton orders Conservative Union presidential candidate Daniel Harlow murdered and blames it on the rebels. Fenton has a rebel operative mind-probed and learns Frances is the conservative rebel leader. While fleeing to the Pentagon, Frances is kidnapped by Homeland Security blackshirts. She is rescued by OMalley in a gunbattle atop a bridge over the Potomac River. A local police chief gathers evidence proving Fenton murdered Harlow, and, with the help of Frances and OMalley, it is passed to Patrick Murdock, who succeeded Harlow as the Conservative Union presidential candidate. Murdock releases the evidence to the press on condition that the Pentagon back his plan for hitting the Islamic Caliphate with deadly, virus-laden missiles. OMalley persuades Frances and friends to go west where they can start a new life. Fearing Fenton will win the upcoming election, the Pentagon deposes her. She is shot dead in the White House. Murdock leaves Washington after the coup. The virus missiles are launched and Teheran, Damascus and Baghdad fall silent. A terrorist nuclear bomb obliterates Washington and Murdock assumes full presidential power. He orders HomeSec blackshirts battalions around the country to disband. Fentons vice president claims the presidency and orders blackshirt battalions to stand fast. Civil war looms. West of Washington, the OMalley caravan is caught in the middle.