Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Had two unexpected encounters with conservatism.

1) I can't remember now when and where I saw praises to Robert Kiyosaki's book Rich Dad Poor Dad. Could be in a review of the Russian edition (roundabout 2016-2017); could be that I got curious by the title on the cover and looked it up on Amazon. Anyway, the review was ecstatic, the number of stars of Amazon was impressive; so I made a mental note; and then, years later, when I had a chance, downloaded it as an audiobook.

The style is slightly amusing. It is part a motivational business book, part an invented autobiography, which reminded me a bit of socratic dialogues. Rich dad, the object of emulation, is almost cartoonishly Republican — small government, individual responsibility, taxes are evil, government is out to get you, Robin Hood was a crook. Gradually, the fiction transformed into a motivational business text, which is where I lost interest.

It came as no surprise when I learnt from Wikipedia that Kiyosaki is a Republican and endorsed Trump.

2) Uncle Tom. The documentary, not the book. It was released this June, when the subject of racial grievances was at its zenith; and when I saw it hotly recommended on social media, I was expecting another expose of racial injustice. Especially because, I believe, I saw it mentioned next to Chapelle's 8:46, and I watched Chapelle first. Imagine my utter amazement when I finally got down to Uncle Tom (yesterday), and was presented with a narrative diametrically opposite to the one that is dominating the media.

I am surprised by the exorbitant rating it now has on IMDB. Somehow, progressives did not collectively vote it down.

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