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None Dare Call it Conspiracy

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The majority of the book is spent on showing how agreements made behind the scenes since the beginning of the 20th century have reduced our freedoms and gradually eroded our constitutional limits on government.

It was written at the height of the New Left which of course scared the daylights out of Birchers and others of similar philosophical perspective. Allen spends a few chapters building up all of the straw man arguments needed to smooth over the holes in his logic. On the right, between Center and Anarchy (far right) would be varying degrees of limited government, such as the constitutional republic given to us by our US Constitution. I assume this is to eliminate open-minded readers who are naturally predisposed to disagree and bore those looking to have some laughs at the tinfoil hat crowd's expense. Despite the fact that it was written several decades ago, its relevance is probably more important now than ever.And this short book/long-essay makes one very uncomfortable, because it forms an unlikely solidarity with the Republican mainstream of the late 60s - early 70s. His political understanding is embarassing to say the least, but I guess it's very common in the libertarian wing of liberalism.

It's dated, but the 14 signposts leading to slavery (total govt) are important - read pp 131-133 a little more carefully and think about how many of these have been implemented since this book. This popular but erroneous framework also operates on the assumption that the more zealous a person is about his or her political ideas, the more apt they are to be a closet extremist (meaning that if they had the opportunity, they would enact a government on the far end of the spectrum in whatever direction they are leaning). Much of what now constitutes the disinformation strategies of modern right-wing politicians and media is inherent in this slim volume, and try not to feel too depressed when you discover that the tactics - as well as talking points - haven't changed in the fifty years since its publication. For reasons that become obvious as you read this book, it will not be reviewed in all the "proper" places or be available on your local book stand.Allen purposely leaves out any information that contradicts his narrow world view, pulls numbers and supposed universal truths out of thin air with no supporting data, spends way too much time making up what he believes average people think without actually asking them, and repeatedly makes tenuous connections between things then immediately treats it as solid fact.

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