C. Douglas Love is an amateur polymath and avid reader with a keen interest in politics. Though he describes himself as a conservative, he strives to be a champion of the truth and thinks that the current political discourse is toxic for the country. His unique approach is bottom up, understanding it’s the small things that few pay attention to that drive the bigger issues we face. Love’s previous book, Logic: The Truth about Blacks and the Republican Party set him on the path of observing culture as it relates to policy. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and son. See: www.thinkordie.org
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I was inspired to write the book by observing the political discourse and the angry reaction to it. In listening to interviews of politicians and prominent journalists, I noticed that no one made cogent arguments anymore. They simple yelled and resorted to name-calling. I felt it was important to bring attention to the fact that all of that noise distracted us from the cultural shift that has brought on the divide in the country.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
My target reader is anyone who is not on the extreme left. I believe this is the majority of the country but many don’t realized they fit into this group. When I talk to people about politics, they generally identify with one of the parties. With the climate being so divided, if they identify as Democrat, they dismiss everyone else. However, when I talk to them about cultural issues or specific believes, without party labels, their views quickly become more moderate.
Most of my friends are Democrats. They distrust Republicans and hate Trump, however, they also think that taxes are too high, work ethic is lacking, illegal immigration is bad for the country, most of the issues in the black community are parenting problems not policing problems, and the push to normalize gender fluidity is dangerous.
Again, my target reader would be anyone who believes any of those items described above.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
I hope that they are left with the idea that human nature is flawed so you cannot legislate people’s beliefs and demanding preference in order to achieve equality is a flawed premise. In the book I call this justifiable inequality.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
I would advise anyone with something to say to write. I find that lots of people focus too much onsales or want to get famous. That sounds like unnecessary stress. Writing has great personal benefits. It helps hone your thoughts, improve your cognitive skills, and is very educational. It is also something you create that will last beyond you. That alone is a
reason to be proud.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
2013. The changes I’ve seen in just five years are incredible. You can find people to do nearly every phase of the process, all over the world, on the Internet. This has drastically decreased the cost and barriers to entry. I think this trend will continue. As far as the book world is concerned, it will be interesting to see how eBooks will affect the industry. I hope it will cause more people to read but it may hurt the print medium.
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
We Want Equality is the operational manual for maneuvering through the barrage of political, social, and pop culture arguments to develop logical assessments and effective ways to reject flawed arguments without being antagonistic or condescending. It answers tough question and will change the equality argument of anyone who approaches it with an open mind.