Subtitled “How the Modern Liberal Thinks and Why He’s Convinced that Ignorance is Bliss,” there is no subtlety with The KinderGarden of Eden. Evan Sayet is better known as quite a funny Jewish comedian. His humor is caustic but never nasty. He was of the left, as are most people in Hollywood, until he got mugged by 9/11. Now he is an outspoken critic of the left. As you might tell by the subtle title he ain’t letting up soon.
This is a 130-page diatribe against everything modern liberalism stands for and what it doesn’t. He should know–he is in its core in Los Angeles. This book’s humor is deeply hidden in its brutal message about the state of modern day left thinking in the U.S. While it doesn’t have the laugh out loud moments of P.J. O’Rourke, there are some guffaws therein.
This is very much a modern conservative take on the state of the nation rather than a libertarian one. Religion comes up frequently as a counter to what he sees as the nihilism of the modern liberal canon. Thankfully Sayet does explain why modern liberals are actually anything but “liberals” in any actual definition of the word. The book is an interesting and valuable addition to the pantheon of those who are formerly left getting to grips to what their former fellow travelers have become in the modern age.
The KinderGarden of Eden is not by any standards an easy read and to be honest, it is probably good it is not a long diatribe. Sayet’s style can be caustic at times and not to all tastes. However, as far as critiques of modern liberalism go there are few that pull as few punches as this one does.