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Book Note: L. Neil Smith, The Mitzvah

I read this book about 19-Jul-2009. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1999. This note was last modified Thursday, 23-Jul-2009 19:59:45 PDT.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


Published as by Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith. No copyright notice or date is given in the book, which may be political statement. Nevertheless I have listed it as copyright the year it shows as having been published in various references. Zelman is founder and executive director of JPFO.

While I'm a firm supporter of a strong reading of the Second Amendment, and a firm believer in self-defense, and rather libertarian in my general political views, I'd have to describe this book as a piece of heavy-handed political propaganda. This is the sort of propaganda that "energizes the base" while causing sympathizers who haven't actually drunk any Koolaid to shake their heads in wonderment. It will never, ever, convert anybody from the other side, or even open their minds a crack; it's too clumsy, too heavy-handed, and too exaggerated.






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