The possibility that he and Zinn could both be right seems unfathomable. Government exists only protect the rights of individuals, leaving them free to pursue the American Dream — which usually consists of working pointless jobs in order to buy more disposable goods in the Lockean shopping mall we call a country.
Efficiency, quality, and beauty are priorities. And as it turns out: Yes, he does indeed acknowledge his arrest and subsequent plea bargain for violation of campaign finance laws. This is a crucial element of Marxism, but it resonates powerfully with people who would react with anger if accused of holding Marxist sympathies.
They had very different ideas of what American liberty meant, corresponding fairly well to the modern liberal and conservative definitions of freedom.
There are people who sincerely think the world would be better off without the America that has existed until now. Understanding why working people respond to the critique of their bosses as thieves, and how to argue with that notion, is crucial to defending capitalism… and, by extension, the brand of American liberty saluted by Alexis de Tocqueville.
Despite the subtitle of the book, very little time is spent imagining what the world would be like without America; this is not, in the main, a grim alternate history speculation, or a doomsday warning about the post-American future.
He has to transform the visceral racial politics of American history into a policy dispute over Obamacare. Rush Limbaugh and other media voices on the political right supported D'Souza with widespread criticism of Costco.