How Evil Works

How Evil Works David Kupelian, Veteran Journalist And Bestselling Author Of The Marketing Of Evil, Probes The Millennia Old Questions Of Evil What It Is, How It Works, And Why It So Routinely And Effortlessly Ruins Our Lives Once Again Demonstrating His Uncanny Knack For Demystifying Complex, Elusive, And Intimidating Subjects With Fresh Insights Into The Hidden Mechanisms Of Seduction, Corruption, Religion, And Power Politics Analyzing Today S Most Electrifying News Stories And Hot Button Topics, Kupelian Explores Such Profoundly Troubling Questions As Why Are Big Lies Believable Than Little OnesHow Does Terrorism Really WorkWhy Do So Many Celebrities Who Have It All End Up Self DestructingWhy Are Boys Doing Worse In School Today Than GirlsWhy Do We Treat The Problems Of Anger And Depression With Drugsand Much Fortunately, Once We Really Understand How Evil Works Both In Our Own Lives And In The World At Large Evil Loses Much Of Its Power And The Way Out Becomes Clear

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  • ebook
  • 304 pages
  • How Evil Works
  • David Kupelian
  • English
  • 11 October 2018
  • 9781439168646

10 thoughts on “How Evil Works

  1. says:

    In my opinion, this was good for a few laughs and not much else I wouldn t even use it as a door stop, because I would be embarrassed for visitors to my house to see it As far as I can tell, this book demonstrates how evil works by demonstrating general right wing thinking in America The author s definition of evil is almost outrageously biased, most of the facts he presents are either misinformed, inaccurate or else completely made up, and he has a nasty habit of presenting his opinions as though they are fact It worries me that the author s target audience might not realize this makes me despair of future generations Basically, if you are a white, Christian, upper middle class, conservative Republican male living in America, and you need your ego stroked, this book is for you Anyone else who reads it will at best, be mildy irritated, at worst, experience a burning urge rip the book to shreds, incinerate the remains and force feed the ashes to the author in hopes that he will choke on them I m not the only one who thinks so either Do your part to save the earth buy a copy of this book and burn it Your children will thank you.

  2. says:

    Toward the end, he does a remarkable job of explaining the ineffectiveness at times of charging across the minefield laid by liberal thought, while conceding that reason alone is almost never sufficient, and that we must learn the proper approach tone Yet somehow his early declaratives resonate with premature preachiness, such that even when agreeing, mostly I even felt he was likely left preaching to the choir As with many great, prominent men in our history, he astutely pinpoints the problem as forward advance in nearly every area of human progress but morality ix.His courage to take stances on certain positions, as he himself admits, is almost retrowe have stumbled so far as a nation He unequivocally stands for what is wrongly dismissed these days as exceptionalism, the LDS, gratefully, not being the only ones to see the problem The United States of America has a transcendent heritage of liberty rooted in self government and personal responsibility, the result of a revolutionary two hundred year old experiment so gloriously successful it became a shining light in an otherwise mostly dark world 6 His section on turning the tables on evil in America cites an example from Charlton Heston of what is increasingly necessary Having heard that Time Warner was selling Ice T s Cop Killer CD, Heston decided to attend the stockholders meeting in Beverly Hills There, against the advice of his family and his colleagues, he took the floor and read the full lyrics every vicious, vulgar, instructional word So degraded were they that when he read them again to the press corps outside, one of them said, We can t print that, you know I know, I said, but Time Warner is still selling it Two months later, Time Warner terminated Ice T s contract I ll never be offered another film by Warner Brothers, or get a good review from Time magazine But you have to be willing to act, not just talk As a journalist, Kupelian gives an insider view to what even the left can largely laughingly acknowledge now their stranglehold on public information He attended an event with prominent newscasters which was so riddled with profane jokes that he refrained from giving than a glimpse of the cesspool minds that the public often allows to inform our decisions, even with their personal interjections of belief.Kupelian observes and I have notes going back to the 60s and 70s protesting the rise of this trend how psychology has resisted any reference to sin whatsoever see 176 , touting man as a merely behavioristic being With a small nod to some cases of necessity, he proceeds, Dangerous substances are recklessly being relied upon to solve Americans mental emotional spiritual problems 101 As he points out very ably, there s now a diagnosis for nearly every flaw, weakness, or personality problem 105 106 , opening the door to relief of conscience in either shifting blame or actually numbing one s psyche In short, says the establishment, we have nothing to repent of any , no need to apologize we just need better prescriptions Responsibility belongs only to the state.Kupelian quotes one commentator who, from my own experience, with interestingly creeping diminution visible to observant along the way, accurately captures the perilous Zeitgeist Unless one receives a strong grounding in a religious school and or religious home, the average young person in the Western World is immersed in a secular cocoon From elementary school through graduate school, only one way of looking at the world the secular is presented The typical individual in the Western World receives as secular an indoctrination as the typical European received a religious one in the Middle Ages I have taught college students and have found that their ignorance not only of the Bible but of the most elementary religious arguments and concepts such as the truism that if there is no God, morality is subjective is total 144 While reviewing the alarmingly rapid erosion of Judeo Christian values, such that even many of those few remaining who profess Christianity don t seem to understand or follow it, he talked about the rise of belief systems which promote the victimless sin lifestyle One fellow, the author of Conversations with God, primarily advocates witchcraft and obtained a lot of his ideas via channeling He dismisses the reality of a heaven or hell and, predictably, recounts his inner sense as teaching him there is no devil 117 Kupelian pauses to indicate the harm done to Christianity by weak and hypocritical teachers within the church as well In the fine tradition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer consistently picked up by the LDS general authorities , he condemns the modern notions of cheap grace and stadiums full of people being instantly saved in great crusades and the like 210.As an aside, how many of us knew that Obama declared June 2009 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, something only Clinton had done once before 175 And that he did so again last June, with a memorandum blatantly declaring his agenda I think at the very least he should drop the formality to the signature line of in the year of our Lord.

  3. says:

    I wouldn t say that I had too many A ha moments, but I did have a few that s a good way of putting it moments I felt like I was listening to my Dad ramble on in the living room about how the world is turning stupid You know, how you listen and think yeah he s right But then every now and then a statement is said you don t totally agree with and you think Just keep smiling, Dad still has a point there Still a good read and I d recommend it to a conservative for reinforcement and a liberal to understand the conservative mindset.

  4. says:

    This book was an eye opener I have the author s other book on order Marketing of Evil With our God being pushed aside, and the several hidden agendas about, it s no wonder our morality is slipped into the sewer.I believe every adult should read this and the author s other book as well.

  5. says:

    An intriguing protestant book on much of the American culture, a lot of good information and critique of society The information and ideas in this book should be carefully considered in context, as they have some merit The work seems light on answers In the authors view once we understand evil, it loses a lot of its power But I think there is a big world view difference between the author and his audience it would have made the book stronger if he started from a neutral place and developed of the why s Still a good book that would benefit many, if the have the authors protestant background.

  6. says:

    Great book A journalist takes an in depth look at the news stories that make us shudder, yet we don t know how to process Why are predatory teachers who sleep with their underage students applauded when the teacher is female and the student is male What has happened to the fathers in the inner city AND the suburbs of America Does getting rid of God in all facets of society have any consequences Read this book It will open your eyes and your mind And help you to be a better neighbor to those who really need your help.

  7. says:

    I picked up this book following the atrocity in Newtown, CT I thought considering its message might be constructive than joining the chorus of calls to ban guns Firearms have been with us a long time, but as far as I know events like Newtown have not Therefore, something else might be at work.Kupelian states the basic problem thusly Despite the human race s extraordinary capacity for invention and progress, we clearly have a millennia old blind spot Specifically, we don t understand ourselves Given all that has previously been written on self understanding, adding something new would seem to be a formidable task However, he does a good job of zeroing in on the urgent points of concern in modern life the tendency of every government even the most enlightened to develop a tyrannical attitude with regard to its populace, the recent phenomenon in which marital unions and secure families are becoming the exception rather than the norm, the effect of terrorism on the human psyche, the esteem so many of us have for celebrities and the damage that does , our excessive reliance on psychiatric drugs as a response to problems that may be mental emotional or even spiritual in origin rather than biochemical imbalances, the attraction of New Age religions and feel good philosophies, and the emergence of militant atheism.From there, he goes back over some of the same ground in detail, showing for example how our culture weakens itself by consistently portraying men as fools unless of course they re gay Some will shrug this off as right wing polemics, but Kupelian strives to make a case that stands up to criticism acknowledging for example that some people are indeed helped by psychiatric drugs Every chapter has significant footnotes, so this is than one guy s opinions.The latter half takes a somewhat personal approach He examines the mechanism of hate the need people have for a scapegoat to avoid taking responsibility for our own failings and the way children are indoctrinated to carry on their elders unfinished battles He talks about the apparent absence of God in all these disasters God is not absent, he says, but is being shut out by our prideful assumption that we know best The remedy is learning to observe ourselves and recognize the turning points we take His comments on the meaning of the verb watch in Scripture are for me the meat of the book.The conclusion is optimistic than seems warranted, I think At least for the near term I would have agreed with it, had I read this six months ago, but since then events have shown that evil can be revealed with all its warts and yet be accepted enthusiastically by vast numbers of people I think we are bringing some very bad times down upon ourselves But hopefully Kupelian is right when he says Truth will eventually prevail.Read this book to understand yourself, not for affirmations about what is wrong with other people.

  8. says:

    We often talk of evil in my bible study class and when strolling the shelves of the library recently, I saw this book and thought I d give it a try Very shortly into it, I realized it was from the view point of a conservative Christian Kupelian makes some great points about Truth and has well documented his book The example of truth related to anti abortion clinics was passionate and beautiful, but it stopped there, there was nothing about these clinics helping to clothe, feed, shelter, educate and keep healthy these children which is my bias Also, with the chapter on the war on fathers, well I ve missed that war I understand that boys have a hard time in school and yet the males overwhelming still rule the companies, country and media so how, they are making it when it really counts The chapters on terrorism, celebrity, drugs, false gods, and the power of hate were all very insightful and I felt fair.Up until the last chapter, I was tempted to give this a 4 Then I read the chapter on turning the tables on evil and while Kupelian lambasted MSNBC Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper and Time s Mark Halperin as disgusting for particular stories and for those examples he gave, he was correct he went on to say Maybe this is why Fox News dominates cable ratings I ve never see their hosts degrade and ridicule normal patriotic Americans page 237 and on page 253 he refers to Rush Limbaugh as the great marketer of truth So, if a normal patriotic American must agree with everything on Fox, then we are going to miss a lot of the conversation on Truth Limbaugh and Fox are often very far from the truth just fact check it.Seriously, if Limbaugh is the truth.

  9. says:

    An intriguing protestant book on much of the American culture, a lot of good information and critique of society The information and ideas in this book should be carefully considered in context, as they have some merit The work seems light on answers In the authors view once we understand evil, it loses a lot of its power But I think there is a big world view difference between the author and his audience it would have made the book stronger if he started from a neutral place and developed of the why s Still a good book that would benefit many, if the have the authors protestant background.

  10. says:

    I am a regular read of World Net Daily and a subscriber to Whistleblower, their print magazine, so I am already familiar with Mr Kupelian s editorials The advantage of a book length piece is that he is able to link the thematic elements of what began as a series of articles into a thematic whole I don t fully agree with his thesis, but support his taking a proactive stance against disintegration of American Culture.

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