Arguing With Idiots is a serious book is frequent jokes and jabs. This is not a book of jokes, but the author offers a serious argument about serious things. I have read very little that is as articulate regarding the conservative/libertarian worldview than this. Beck writes on things such as Capitalism, health care, economics, gun control, and the Constitution. Throughout its many pages is humor, but at its core, it is a serious book that should be taken seriously.
I was really surprised by this book. Though I was impressed with Beck's "Common Sense" book, I was hesitant towards this one. For one, the title is unfortunate. The title carries the notion of mocking and calling the opposing side names. But it isn't. It is rather an attempt to show the logic of his point of view and the illogical arguments of liberals, socialists, and progressives. Furthermore, Beck writes in a way that is easy to understand yet profound. I constantly found myself saying, "that's a good point" and "he's on to something here."
I do not agree with Beck on everything, but this is certainly a book we should take seriously. What is most shocking is how much I learned about our Constitution. I consider myself fairly knowledge about our nation's highest document, though I am certainly no expert. To make it worse, I feel that I know more than the average citizen of this nation. Perhaps this is why we are too often too willing to give up our freedoms. Beck walks the reader through the Constitution, what it means, and how it should be interpreted.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. For those who lean conservative, this is an invaluable tool. For those wanting to understand conservatism, this is an excellent resource. I encourage everyone to take Beck a little seriously. The White House is and the million of listeners/viewers that listen/watch him every day do as well.