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Book: The Gorax: An Anti-Environmentalist Parody by Dr. Truth
Author: Loren Spivak
Illustrator: Patrick Fields
Publisher: Free Market Warrior Publications, republished 2014
Related website(s): http://www.obamaparody.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: For everyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Spivak, Loren. The Gorax: An Anti-Environmentalist Parody by Dr. Truth (Published in 2013 by Free Market Warrior Publications). The narrator builds a factory which provides jobs for workers and makes products which people want. It was free market capitalism, and everyone was happy. Well, almost everyone. When the owner kills a pesky mouse, here comes the Gorax, first in his stretch limousine and later in his private jet, with all kinds of socialist-style environmentalist laws which tend to stifle freedom and kill productivity. What will happen to the factory? What will happen to the economy in general? And, most importantly, what will happen to the Gorax?
The 20th century, in the U.S. and Europe, saw the rise of a radical, left-wing political agenda. Celebrities in modern popular culture are the opinion makers, though without any practical management experience necessary in business or even government, who promote this agenda to wean society way from the capitalistic principles which create prosperity. Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was one such celebrity. He peppered many of his books, such as The Lorax of 1970, with messages which were overtly anti-capitalist and helped to prepare a generation of young people to be receptive to the excesses of modern day environmentalism. Of course, The Gorax is a self-proclaimed anti-environmentalist parody of former vice-president Al Gore and his brand of environmental extremism.
The author, Loren Spivack, has written this and two other brilliant and witty stories in verse, full of truth and illustrated by Patrick Fields, as parodies which highlight current voices. They are Dr. Seuss-themed tales for conservatives using the nom de plume Dr. Truth, which sort of rhymes with Seuss. The first, The New Democrat written in 2010, is modeled after Seuss’ classic The Cat in the Hat and lampoons the Obama administration. He followed in 2013 with The Gorax targeting Gore. His most recent work, The Wizard of Iz, is modeled after L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz and substitutes former President Bill Clinton for the not-so-wonderful Wizard and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the Wicked Witch of the West. I have met and heard Spivack. He is highly entertaining—and truthful.