This book was entirely unexpected.
In late 2018 I received a phone call from a gentleman in San Diego who asked if I would consider writing columns for the Epoch Times newspaper?
The what? I had never heard of Epoch Times before. But pushing 80, I was flattered to be asked (and paid well), and proceeded to check out this newspaper thoroughly. When I got the background, read the purpose statement and the published values of its owners – “Truth and Tradition” – and learned a bit about John Tang, the Chinese-American who started Epoch Times as a means of fighting back against the Red Peril that swamped his motherland almost a hundred years ago, I wanted to help.
This non-profit newspaper has an astonishing record of publication in more than two dozen countries, and in as many languages. Soon I discovered that quite a few of my own published articles were getting translated into foreign languages and republished in other countries.
More than two years later, at 82 and in even deeper retirement so that I could spend more time with my family and sixteen grandchildren, I decided to wrap things up by publishing all 26 of my Epoch Times articles in the small book of 182 pages called Beyond the Rhetoric that you see here. They are all short pieces, and cover quite a wide array of subjects, from Rights, to Fascism, to Family questions, to the concept of Equality and Wokeness, to Multiculturalism, and Libertarianism, Democracy, Sex and sex differences, to the Climate-change deception, to Abortion, to Abolition of the Senate, to What is Freedom? and much more.