ON-Lion Letter
At a time when the national political debate is about inequality and fairness, David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin have written an unsettling new book about the distribution of power in America.  Thoroughly researched and amply documented, The New Leviathan:  How the Left-Wing Money-Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America's Future overturns the conventional wisdom about which end of the political spectrum represents the rich and powerful, and which represents the people.

Horowitz is founder and chief executive officer of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Sherman Oaks, Calif., which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  Laksin is managing editor of the online FrontPage Magazine, which is published by the Horowitz Freedom Center.

The Democratic Party presents itself to the electorate as the party of working families and the poor, Horowitz and Laksin recount in The New Leviathan.  In the 2000 election campaign, Democrat Al Gore ran on the slogan "The People vs. the Powerful," while President Barack Obama describes himself as a "grassroots organizer" and a spokesman for "fairness" and "progressive change." 

Such is the world of political myth, they write.  In reality, the Democrats and the Obama progressives represent the richest and most-powerful political machine in American history.  Backed by a near trillion-dollar treasury in America's oldest and largest tax-exempt foundations, progressives outspend conservatives by a factor of seven to one.

From Crown Forum, The New Leviathan examines this growing financial power of left-wing organizations and politicians.  It shows how left-wing foundations underwrote Obama's political career and how massive funding advantages for progressive proposals have disenfranchised American voters and shifted the national policy debate dramatically to the left. 

The book draws connections between the Obama administration and progressive organizations from labor unions to media outlets to nonprofits to political groups, and shows how on key policy fronts -- national security, immigration, citizenship, environment, and health care -- the sheer force of left-wing financial resources has reconfigured the nation's political agenda.
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