[December 13, 2015] New ideas are refreshing. Action is exhilarating. People with conviction are interesting and influential. I’m starting a new series about political leadership; not necessarily about politicians but about anyone who has fresh ideas about politics and how to win in that arena. In my first post on political leadership I’ll be introducing to my readers the man of Dinseh D’Sousa, Indian-American immigrant, conservative political commentator, author, and … yes, a convicted felon.
As a leader, I’m most fascinated in ideas, especially those ideas that allow us to see in a new way and that’s what D’Sousa can do for us. For those of us who are open to getting to understand how politics works and are not afraid to see it in raw form, we’ll enjoy D’Sousa’s commentary. For many, those who are emotionally invested in a particular ideology, they will reject those ideas and retreat into their insulated intellectual shell. Here at theLeaderMaker.com, I plan to be open to those ideas.
D’Sousa is a prolific conservative writer. His most recent book, just out last month, called Stealing America1 connects how low-level criminal operations are similar to how political power mongers steal wealth from Americans for their own purposes. His interest is what motivates powerful Democratic (liberal) party politicians and how they can be better understood and ultimately defeated using the power of mass people doing good things.
His idea is that there’s an “extremely difficult war” going on under the surface between two very powerful societal forces. On the one side are the wealth creators (merchants, entrepreneurs, people that make stuff) and the knowledge class (journalists, academicians, political figures). He says that they detest each other but that the knowledge class has dominated Western societies historically and even are in control today.
America, he notes, was made to encourage the merchant (a wealth creator) and the success has been tremendous. Liberal political ideology runs counter to that trend and pushes back hard to change the dynamics of how wealth is created and distributed. His solution to win against them is to stop working only in the political arena and begin to take back its cultural institutions.
To get a better idea of his thoughts on this, view his Montana lecture from October 17, 2015 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rr9nJMMD8c
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- Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party, November 2015, Broadside Books, Dinesh D’Souza.