"Analyzing and refuting the common assumptions of anti-Americanism
is a critical contribution to the global political debate. Thank
goodness for this effort."
--UN Ambassador John Bolton, author of Surrender is Not an Option
David versus Goliath, the American Revolutionaries, "The Little
Engine That Could," Team USA's "Miracle on Ice," the Star Wars
Rebel Alliance, Rocky Balboa, the Jamaican bobsled team and the
meek inheriting the Earth.
Everyone, it seems, loves an underdog. Why is that?
We begin life tiny and helpless, at the mercy of those who are
bigger and more powerful than us: parents and guardians who tell us
what to eat, what to wear, how to behave (even when to sleep and
wake up). From childhood into adulthood, we're told what to do by
those who wield more power--our parents, teachers, bosses
government. So naturally, we have a predisposition to resent the
overdogs and root for the little guy.
But this tendency, which international political consultant and
human rights activist Michael Prell calls "underdogma," can be very
dangerous - both to America and to the world at large.
In "Underdogma," Prell, who has worked world leaders including
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Australian and
Canadian prime ministers and the Dalai Lama, explores our love/hate
relationship with power within our culture and our politics.
"Underdogma" explains seeming mysteries such as why:
-Almost half of Americans blamed President Bush for the attacks of
9/11, even while the American media described the architect of
these attacks as "thoughtful about his cause and craft" and
-Gays and lesbians protest those who protect gay rights (America,
Israel), while championing those who outlaw and execute homosexuals
-Environmentalists focus their rage on America, even though China
is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
-The United Nations elevates countries such as Sudan to full
membership on the UN's Commission on Human Rights, even as the
ethnic cleansing of Darfur proceeds.
Tracing the evolution of this belief system through human
history--ancient Greece to Marxism to the dawn of political
correctness--Prell shows what continuing with this collective
mindset means for our future. While America and its president
increasingly exalt the meek and apologize for their power,
America's competitors and enemies are moving in a different
direction. China is projected to overtake the U.S. economically by
2027 and is ready to move into the position of hegemon, and radical
Islamists are looking to extend their global territory, taking any
sign of weakness as a chance to attack.
America must return to its founding spirit, and underdogma must
stop now--our nation depends on it.
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