Book Club
Book Club Archive 2019
January 19, 2019
Home of Pauline Bacaj
Positive Populism by Steve Hilton

Before discussing this month's book, we took a photograph to celebrate Trump’s two-year anniversary with a celebratory toast to our President with Trump Vineyard (Virginia) champagne (oops … sparkling wine).  
Pauline led the discussion by saying that although she had not read the entire book she was very impressed by what she had read in the first chapter.  Concerning poverty Pauline compared poor people she had seen in Naples, Italy with those she saw in Toledo, OH.  The poor in Naples walked to a health care facility and lived in cardboard shacks covered with plastic; the poor in Toledo arrived by cab and had televisions.    We agreed that poor people didn’t need televisions or all the comforts of middle class life.   Caz read the entire book.  She thought Progressive Populism was well-written and informative..  Linda read the entire book but had misgivings with Hilton’s loose use of expressions, such as “return of power to the people,”  “elites who make all the decisions,” “global elite versus the working class,”  “globalization.”  She asked who is he talking about when he talks of elites?  Are we the elite?  Most thought of bureaucratic elites.  Linda felt that the meaning of elite was economic and that more people live more prosperous lives today than ever before.    
Linda G thought that Hilton was concerned with economic security, but that capitalism is always destroying and creating new things.  Think of the horse and wagon. Think of all the people who made wagons and who kept horses.  When the car was introduced the horse and wagon’s days were numbered as were the jobs of those who were tied to them.  But for lost jobs, new jobs were created.  She also thought that Hilton’s focus on the family as the best determinant of the success of children was correct.  

Caz spoke of what we are up against in trying to promote the traditional family.  She described the unfortunate gender policies in some public elementary and private schools.  For example, when she lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, sex was a laissez-faire decision made by children.  The principal and an adult neighbor thought that was okay.  We all were appalled that such policies were reinforced by the establishment.  She had found a private school in Alexandria under a similar influence.  Caz also said that when she worked for the government some years ago she heard an NEA speaker explain that the NEA was going to redefine the family and come up against the traditional definition of family.  It has.  We agreed that we needed to take back America and do all we could to prevent these untraditional values from becoming the national norm.

Eileen was concerned about globalism and feared support of the U N or the idea that we should pledge allegiance to “the world” represented by the U N.  Rather she and we believed in pledging allegiance to the U.S. of A.  

We adjourned about 2:30 and decided to read Alan Dershowitz’s The Case Against Impeaching Trump rather than the previously selected We Wanted Workers by Borjas.