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BOOK REVIEW: Elizabeth Warren: How Her Presidency Would Destroy the Middle Class and the American Dream, by David L. Bahnsen

David L. Bahnsen’s new book released last month, Elizabeth Warren: How Her Presidency Would Destroy the Middle Class and the American Dream, focuses on what a Leftist presidency like Warren’s would do to the United States and how it would unravel the very idea of Americanism. The book, endorsed by eminent conservative writers such as Jonah Goldberg, Dennis Prager and Andrew McCarthy, aims at a potential Warren presidency, for the major reason that Warren’s emphasis on her “plans” directed from above takes populism and combines it with authoritarian Statism.

The idea that Leftist leaders want to centrally plan the lives of their subjects is nothing new. The foundation of Progressivism is the creation of a society expressed through a central government. Every Leftist believes in this to some extent, whether he or she self-describes as a socialist or a moderate. However, the Warren model specifically depends on her commonplace, go-to line, “I have a plan for that,” which unmasks the Marxian and academic emphasis on theory.

Warren, just like progressive hero President Woodrow Wilson a century earlier, is an academic. Academia has is strengths, but it also has its flaws—academics are well-known for theories. Academics show their knowledge in many ways, through papers, research and lectures, but an abundance of knowledge can also lead to sheer arrogance. The idea of “I know more than you, hence I’m better than you and can run your life” bleeds directly into big-government liberalism and central planning. And central planning, taken to its extreme of the knee-jerk “I’ve got a plan for that,” is nothing more than a Marxian worldview, based on a golden calf of theory, no matter what that theory’s effects are on people.

Warren often pushes class and race warfare. Her worldview states that people are immobile and that no one can move up in life without knocking someone else down. This is what she meant when she called President Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “blood money.” It’s what she means when she calls Trump’s border wall, and by extension, American sovereignty, “racist.” This is why she would not attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), but has no problem allying with Palestinian activists. And this Marxist worldview is why she fits in so well with the Democrat Left, because academic theory and central planning mean more than the effects it has on the lives of the people on who these theories and plans are carried out.

And this is why Elizabeth Warren is fundamentally unfit to ever hold the Oval Office.

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