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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
From Left to Right: Journeying from Identity Politics to Human Politics by Jonathan J. Mize is one of the most honest books you'll read this year. This is a political memoir about a young man's odyssey from the "identity politics" of the left to the "inclusive politics" of the right. It comes at a time when the masses are divided along lines of politics, race, culture, religion, language, gender, class, you name it. And the author isn't afraid to say what he thinks and what he believes, even if some readers question it. What I like about this book is that the author is fair-minded, and shows that a person, especially in their youth, can shift their way of thinking, and they don't have to be rigid right-fighters just for the sake of right-fighting. There are admirable ideals on both sides of the aisle, and Mize shows how the philosophies he embraced were no longer visible in the party he once voted for. The author focuses on presenting facts and figures, explaining what he concludes are biases and inaccuracies in sociopolitical organizations and statistics. He also uses photos and recent examples of Trump, COVID-19, protests, fake news, hate speech, and definitions of Antifa, Progressives, The Silent Majority, and other groups.
What stands out to me most in this book is that Mize was willing to admit that the party he believed in and supported was alienating him, at least in his mind. He was willing to take a step back and view the big picture. When he decided to think for himself and figure things out on his own, he took a look across the aisle and was pleasantly surprised to find that he supported ideas that were traditionally labeled judgmental, narrow-minded, and intolerant. I like the author's attitude, sense of humor, and candor. Reading From Left to Right: Journeying from Identity Politics to Human Politics by Jonathan J. Mize will resonate with anyone who has questioned their beliefs and political leanings.