Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

How A Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution

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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 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 "They view America the way a private equity firm sizes up an aging conglomerate," Carlson writes, "as something outdated they can profit from.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." In Ship of Fools, 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 The patchouli-scented hand-wringers who worried about whales and defended free speech have been replaced by globalists who hide their hard-edged economic agenda behind the smokescreen of identity politics.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?"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Free Press,, 2018
ISBN: 9781501183683
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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lukasevansherman
Jul 15, 2019

If there is a ship of fools, Carlson is the captain.

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michaelfwood
Jul 15, 2019

It started off good, being both provocative and thoughtful. Eventually, though, the author shook off his good manners and launched into his typical hysteria against Democrats, liberals, and anybody that disagreed with him...however slightly. A squandered opportunity. Alas.

There are a lot of things I would disagree with Carlson on, but he makes some valid points.Could be profitably read by liberals and conservatives alike.

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red_dog_14987
Apr 03, 2019

How can any one take this fool and his conspiracy theories seriously? I suppose the same people who think Dumpy is a stable genius. #sad

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maclin
Mar 17, 2019

Excellent reading and truthful narration from Tucker Carlson. I give it TEN stars!

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Sewhappy1
Mar 12, 2019

I wasn't sure when I began listening to the intro whether I was going to like this book. Got through the intro and into the first chapter and ejected the CD's. As I thought about it more, I debated with myself about trying again. After reading the comments herein, I have decided my initial gut reaction was going to be followed. Am returning the set to the library for someone else to perhaps get something out of it. I certainly was disappointed in the direction this book tried to take me.

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gotcats
Mar 12, 2019

From the book jacket and introduction:

"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. Happy countries don't elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do.

"In retrospect, the lesson seemed obvious: Ignore voters for long enough and you get Donald Trump. Yet the people at whom the message was aimed never received it. Instead of pausing, listening, thinking, and changing, America's ruling class withdrew into a defensive crouch."

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xeron
Mar 04, 2019

So the fault of US politics and the crisis that has unfolded has nothing to do with Trump, racism, inequality, sexism, and election fraud!!! I can't believe anyone but someone paid to say it would totally discount "fake news" and Russian interference in Trump's election. Tucker forgets that Trump did not even win the popular vote! This book is worthless except as a reader in right wing ideology under Trump.

Tucker does not seem to realize that Trump is part of the class that rules the USA.

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cherries433
Jan 11, 2019

Why would anyone even want to pick this book up let alone open it up and read it?

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davidgut76
Jan 11, 2019

Very disappointing. I agree with his thesis that "ruling elites" have failed our society, and with many of the other problems he presents. But the book doesn't really explore those issues in any reasonable or objective way.

It's clear that by "ruling elites" he's referring to Democrats and liberals, to which the majority of the book is devoted to bashing. There were almost 10 pages on Chelsea Clinton, but just 2 devoted to Paul Ryan. I'm not sure how Paul Ryan could possibly be less responsible than Chelsea Clinton for the disappearance of the middle class. Similarly if one weren't already familiar with the Iraq war, one might think it was entirely a Democrat led affair! Not a single mention of George W Bush or his administration, but Madeline Albright and Joe Biden get some blame.

In fairness I skimmed the remaining book after about 75 pages, so maybe the last chapter is decent like another person commented on. And I do think he brings up some good points about how the Democratic party has changed for the worse, but it simply wasn't enough for me to continue reading.

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