Ed Driscoll

Audio Interview: Evan Sayet Discusses His New Book

Evan Sayet caused quite a splash in 2007 with his speech at the Heritage Foundation, in which he told his audience that prior to 9/11, he was a television comedy writer, until hearing his fellow liberals admit that they thought America had it coming. The cognitive dissonance in these arguments caused Sayet to reevaluate his politics, and he became a self-declared “9/13 Republican:”

Since then, he has been refining his positions, and has a book in the works, scheduled to be completed early next year. But if you’d like read over half of it, as a sort of detailed work in progress, it’s currently available on Evan’s Website in e-book and dead tree format. Titled The Kindergarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks, it fits comfortably in the niche mined by Jonah Goldberg in Liberal Fascism and The Tyranny of Cliches. Or as Dwight Schultz blurbs on the cover of Evan’s new book, “With this book, that spot between Allan Bloom and Thomas Sowell has now been filled.”

During our interview, Evan discusses:

  • The laws of modern liberalism and their corollaries, how he arrived at them.
  • Evan’s epiphany occurred after hearing liberals say that America had it coming to her on September 11th. Does he think Barack Obama believes we had it coming on 9/11, as Rev. Wright said in no uncertain terms?
  • Evan’s book features a quote from the late far left historian Howard Zinn: “Objectivity is impossible, and it is also undesirable. That is, if it were possible it would be undesirable.” What did Zinn mean by this weapons-grade sophistry?
  • Exploring the back story of “progressivism” from Rousseau to Nietzsche.
  • Why does the Hollywood left — many of whom are actors and comedians who need words put into their mouths by writers like yourself — believe they know what’s best for the rest of America?
  • What is the future of modern leftism, no matter what happens in November?

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