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The Soviet Union winning the space race sets the West on a quest for scientific domination. In the following years, western education is repurposed to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and consequentially, political and cultural literacy is brushed aside. The author of this book, Lena Redman, argues that this sequence of events has ultimately led to the current widespread IDC (I don’t care) culture among the youth; a mind-set which affects the political landscape in more ways than can be easily explained.
I had a fair amount of scepticism before deciding to pick this up. Like most people, I’m not particularly fond of having my convictions challenged, but again, like most people, my convictions turned out to be misguided.
In my prior, ill-informed opinions, I associated the word ‘socialism’ to equality. This was the surface-level definition of the movement and it sounded good, so I accepted it. As the author explains, however, this is a perfect demonstration of IDC culture which, in the case of socialism, means the supporters of this movement don’t care about historical facts.
Having grown up in Soviet Russia herself, Lena Redman argues that socialism has already been attempted, and failed in several instances. During Stalin’s era, socialism – then communism – was used to justify the death of millions of people, yet it is so wholly accepted now, rebranded as ‘Democratic Socialism,’ and pushed by potential presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
But this is only a small part of Lena Redman’s collage.
In over 400 pages, she paints a striking image of the current state of politics in the West. With characters like Trump and Sanders battling for office, the author is concerned for the future of America, and by extension, the world. Drawing from her own experiences, she lends credibility to her writing. With a myriad of references ranging across time, she increases the urgency of her message.
I Really Do Care; Shouldn’t We All? is a poignant, informative, and often shocking read. Every point raised by the author was argued expertly, and the book dares the reader to revaluate perceptions.
If I had to make any complaints, it would be that this volume felt a bit too condensed. Further in, I began to notice fewer links between subsequent points and the initial point of the writing. This book doesn’t follow a single thread of argument but is more of a web that wraps about one fact. At its core, this book is about the relationship between America and Russia, and the rippling impact it seems to have on the world.
My rating of I Really Do Care; Shouldn’t We All? is a firm 4 out of 4. The writing was neat and professional, and I was pleased not to find any other red flags.
I believe anyone interested in American and global politics will find this interesting. Maybe you’re curious about the communist era of Russia, or Vladimir Putin’s involvement with the white house. For the politically-inclined, this is definitely worth a read.
Naturally, this book targets youth of the voting age, and a generally older audience, but anyone with an interest is free to pick it up. It contains very few instances of profanity and is a generally safe read.
I Really Do Care; Shouldn't We All?
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