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How To Be Right: … in a world gone wrong

by James O’Brien

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Described as the 'conscience of liberal Britain', James O'Brien has made a name for himself as the voice of reason on LBC radio as he tackles current affairs, social issues and irate callers in a committed and passionate style. This book shows how adept James is in dismantling small minds and conquering prejudice in so many ways. In a witty and invigorating way, James talks about how he argues with people who have been brainwashed in an effort to make them see sense and learn about compassion. He looks over some of his most popular conversations and reveals how he asks the person on the other end of the line to think about their fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards to make them think about their actions. * James O’Brien discusses a variety of topics he is confronted with during his radio shows regularly, and in which, for unknown reasons exactly those people who should not be discussing those topics feel the need to call the show and voice their opinions. Islam and Islamism, LGBT, Political Correctness, Feminism, Nanny States and Classical Liberals, the Age Gap, Trump, and, of course….Brexit, get covered, so you can imagine the kind of people who call up a radio show to try and convince people of their opinion. James O’Brien uses snippets from these interviews as illustrations of how arguments are pulled apart, and it probably comes as no surprise that ignorance about the facts of the topic they are calling about is a recurrent theme. Most discussions as a result of the ‘talk first, think later’ variety. Extended twitter, so to speak. Having said that, they are very entertaining, and James’ skill to pull these arguments apart is very refreshing. Moreover, these interview snippets serve the purpose of illustrating the chapters in which this list of topics is discussed from a liberal (or, more accurately, a logical point-of-view in which the actual facts are important) viewpoint; albeit very quickly. This is not a long book, and it took me only a trip to London and back to finish it. As a result the topic discussions are not very in-depth, and mainly discussed (and, I would imagine, selected) for the purpose of entertainment. It certainly does the latter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And since Christmas is just around the corner, I would recommend buying it as a gift for, say, the older generation or that somewhat offensive uncle who keeps going on about ‘freedom of speech’, but doesn’t like discussion….you know the one!  
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