How The Right Lost Its Mind, by Charles J. Sykes
In an attempt to adhere to one of the tenets of thehummingbirdpost, I can whole-heartedly recommend Charlie Sykes’ How The Right Lost Its Mind to all, regardless of their place on the political spectrum. One (of the very few) positives for me, in the past several months, has been a practically fanatical interest in our political system; a subject that, truthfully, held very little appeal for me previously. Sykes, himself a Democrat turned Republican in the 1970s and radio talk show host, compellingly recounts the history of the conservative movement over the past decades, and its devolution into the splintered collective it has become today. The specter of George Orwell’s “doublethink” from his novel 1984 looms large throughout the narrative. Although some viewpoints expressed were hard to embrace by this reader, the writing itself was strong and the history of how we have arrived at this point in time, both fascinating and important.
Review by Sarah Ehrenson
Editor's Note: The tenet Sarah gently teases Hummingbird about is our agreement, among Hummingbird authors and contributors, to keep the debate of political news and policy, and the considerable angst associated with it, off limits on the site. We were all feeling like we needed a break from the associated ongoing stress. This review, of course, is right on target, and does not offend!