Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution
a book by Tucker Carlson
(our site's book review)
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The popular FOX News star of Tucker Carlson Tonight offers his signature fearless and funny political commentary on how America’s ruling class has failed everyday Americans.
“You look on in horror, helpless and desperate.
You have nowhere to go.
You’re trapped on a ship of fools.”
—From the Introduction
You look on in horror, helpless and desperate. You have nowhere to go. You’re trapped on a ship of fools
In Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, Tucker Carlson tells the truth about the new American elites, a group whose power and wealth has grown beyond imagination even as the rest of the country has withered. 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.
“They view America the way a private equity firm sizes up an aging conglomerate,” Carlson writes, “as something outdated they can profit from. When it fails, they’re gone.”
When America fails, the rich elites are going to head to private islands—here's an elite plane heading for such a secret island location
In Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, Tucker Carlson offers a blistering critique of our new overlords. Traditional liberals are gone, he writes. The patchouli-scented hand-wringers who worried about whales and defended free speech have been replaced by globalists who hide their hard-edged economic agenda behind the smokescreen of identity politics.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. “The rift is between those who benefit from the status quo, and those who don’t.”
Our leaders are fools, Carlson concludes, “unaware that they are captains of a sinking ship.” But in the signature and witty style that viewers of Tucker Carlson Tonight have come to enjoy, his book answers the all-important question: How do we put the country back on course?
Our leaders are fools, Tucker Carlson concludes, unaware that they are captains of a sinking ship
"[Carlson] denounces liberal politicians’ embrace of tech companies, accuses powerful politicians of supporting open borders, castigates warmongers in both parties, decries campus identity politics, pooh-poohs the idea that white supremacists are numerous or powerful today, and criticizes environmental activists for evangelizing about climate change but giving up on littering." (Source: Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, Publishers Weekly)
"Tucker Carlson, the popular Fox News host, has a dire warning for those unwilling to learn the lessons of 2016: start listening to the American public or face the prospect of a violent revolution. In Ship of Fools, Carlson highlights the fact that America has dissolved into an oligarchy that only pretends to practice democracy. This cannot sustain itself, especially when identity politics continue to tear at the delicate balance of America’s race and class issues. . . . Both [parties] support the endless deployment of U.S. troops abroad and both support globalized financial capitalism that has utterly destroyed the Midwest and America’s manufacturing base." (Source: Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, Benjamin Welton, NY Journal of Books)
According to Carlson, "Trump might be vulgar and ignorant, but he wasn't responsible for the many disasters America's leaders created. Trump didn't invade Iraq or bail out Wall Street. He didn't lower interest rates to zero, or open the borders, or sit silently by as the manufacturing sector collapsed and the middle class died. You couldn't really know what Trump might do as president, but he didn't do any of that. There was also the possibility that Trump might listen. At times he seemed interested in what voters thought. The people in charge demonstrably weren't. Virtually none of their core beliefs had majority support from the population they governed. It was a strange arrangement for a democracy. In the end, it was unsustainable. 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."
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.
According to Carlson, "Forty years ago, Democrats would be running elections on the decline of the middle class, and winning. Now the party speaks almost exclusively about identity politics, abortion, and abstract environmental concerns like climate change." Why would they run on political correctness when 80% of the nation thinks that PC is a load of BS? To control the masses' thinking and to start terrorizing conservatives for their beliefs—scaring them into keeping silent, and backing up this fearmongering with threats of assault by Antifa, doxxing, job loss, publlc humiliation, bullying, harrassment, and trolling.
Today's colleges are training grounds for PC, conformity, unquestioning obedience to elite authority, and loss of rights without any complaints
So why are these progressives so enamored with all that is PC? It's simple. It is a tool to shut down any kind of debate or public conversation that threatens their agenda. Carlson notes that dying regimes get more repressive as they lose power. They get tough on all dissent and disobedience, since it threatens their power. Today's colleges are training grounds for conformity, unquestioning obedience to elite authority, and loss of rights without any complaints. It adds up to a conspiracy against freedom and democracy perpetrated by radical progressives who don't understand our country, or democracy, or our Constitution.
Political correctness adds up to a conspiracy against freedom and democracy perpetrated by radical progressives who don't understand our country, our democracy, or our Constitution
This is the opposite of what liberal colleges are supposed to be training students for. They need to learn to think for themselves, engage in critical thinking, and question anything and anyone they want, including authority. Along with that they need to learn civility. Speakers should never be interrupted, harrassed, or threatened. Toronto’s Harris Institute has happily taken a stand against political correctness nonsense in its classrooms, hallways and meeting rooms. "Starting on March 21, students at the school will be required to acknowledge in writing the school’s Rules of Civility, which state that students, faculty and staff who are found to have 'shouted down an opposing view' can be placed on probation or dismissed." See Trending: Toronto school institutes ban on political correctness and University of Chicago Strikes Back Against Campus Political Correctness.
Here, the minds of innocent, unwary students are defiled with excrement from the liberal narrative playbook instead of being taught real knowledge and facts
What went wrong in this country? Everyone in power—the elites—joined the same team, so it was no longer Blue vs, Red, but Elite vs. Citizens. Carlson lays it out like this: Election debates used to be about real issues but now they're merely symbolic. "They are sideshows designed to divert attention from the fact that those who make the essential decisions, about the economy and the government and war, have reached consensus on the fundamentals." Since they are now in lockstep with one another, they merely have to find a way to deal with the ignorant sheep-citizens that mostly disagree with their policies (e.g., starting a war in the mideast to grab oil and make weapons and arms manufacturers as well as Cheney's Halliburton obscenely rich while sending the bill to the citizens and telling them it is all for their "safety"!).
Democracy for Realists assails the romantic folk-theory at the heart of contemporary thinking about democratic politics and government, and offers a provocative alternative view grounded in the actual human nature of democratic citizens. The authors deploy a wealth of social-scientific evidence to show that the familiar ideal of thoughtful citizens steering the ship of state from the voting booth is fundamentally misguided. They demonstrate that voters—even those who are well informed and politically engaged—mostly choose parties and candidates on the basis of social identities and partisan loyalties, not political issues. So voters do not control the course of public policy, even indirectly, nor do they steer the ship via votes. Steering currently is done by highly powerful, well-placed neocons in the shadow government. See Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market.
Citizens steering the ship of state from the voting booth is fundamentally misguided; here Blue and Red fight as a distraction so we overlook the oligarchs that are picking our pockets; note: no one is steering the ship
The pushmi-pullyu: a perfect symbol of U.S. political gridlock, purposely created so elites can keep the status quo
See Bold New World: The Essential Road Map to the 21st Century.
People have always sorted themselves into hierarchies, says Carlson: If you have power, you naturally defend it from those who have none. Rulers rule and serfs obey them. This system works and it has worked for thousands of years. The new element that throws a monkeywrench into this system is democracy. To survive it must be egalitarian. Yet it isn't—not even close. When wealth only flows upwards, the people will eventually revolt. In protest, they will and did elect a Donald Trump. If the citizens continue to be ignored, they will elect increasingly radical leaders, such as socialists or demagogues. Radical leaders will destroy the ruling class elites, along with everything that made them prosperous. Left untended, democracies self-destruct. "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance" was believed by all the Founders, but none of them actually said it, including Thomas Jefferson.
If you have power, you naturally defend it from those who have none. Rulers rule and serfs obey them—here, serfs carry royalty.
The author is sounding a warning that the pervasive greed of our ruling elite has finally caught up with them, and the entire house of cards may soon come crashing down
There is no leaving democracy behind in favor of autocracy in the U.S. without a civil war. Carlson believes a better answer to our current crisis of leadership is for elites to listen to the citizens. Instead of a clown show election (to entertain them and keep their minds off the fact that the whole bread and circuses spectacle every four years is just to distract them from the fact that the elites have it so good they have no intention of changing anything), actually have democracy work again and give them some of their power back—fill some of the citizens' needs and stop being so greedy!
There is no leaving democracy behind in favor of autocracy in the U.S. without a civil war
Instead of bread and circuses spectacles, actually have democracy work again and give them some of their power back—fill some of the citizens' needs and stop being so greedy!
In Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power, Noam Chomsky systematically documents the many ways the system is rigged from top to bottom
Carlson's book is an unexpected delight by a guy smarter than we thought. To put frosting on Carlson's delicious cake, read Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power, by Noam Chomsky. It is the best book of the 21st century. It is a coherent narrative of the corruption of our American socio-economic-political systems. In addition to being a requiem, the film is also a post mortem, containing descriptions of the strategies and tactics that have transformed the United States of America into an oligarchy. If Chomsky's knowledge and brilliance cannot help us, we are so far beyond screwed we couldn't catch a bus back to screwed. (But they CAN help. Read Requiem for the American Dream. Learn it. Respond. Resist. And never ever ever give up!)
Chomsky's knowledge and brilliance CAN help. Read Requiem for the American Dream. Learn it. Respond. Resist. And never ever ever give up!
If Chomsky's knowledge and brilliance cannot help us, we are so far beyond screwed we couldn't catch a bus back to screwed
Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution is a short but quite insightful look at what the "ship of fools" in the liberal left wing of U.S. politics has done to our country. It is now acceptable, according to their liberal narrative, to accost anyone who doesn't buy into your idea of a democratic republic, and to disrupt their lives and destroy their property, doxxing, trolling, assaulting, etc. This insanity is the last gasp of a dying nation. Either Carlson's shaming of elites will work (it won't) or angry citizens will resort to a forcible suppression of the establishment class by the American people. The smug elites imagine that the police and military will support them. However, they won't do it against their own people, especially since the police and military are part of the oppressed class. All in all, though, Carlson's book is an unexpected delight by a guy smarter than we thought. Highly recommended.