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The Anti-American Manifesto

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In arguably the most radical book published in decades, cartoonist/columnist Ted Rall has produced the book he was always meant to write: a new manifesto for an America heading toward economic and political collapse. While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic collapse, Rall sees an opportunity. As millio ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Seven Stories Press (first published September 1st 2010)
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Tim
Sep 21, 2010 Tim rated it liked it
Years ago the professor in my political ideologies class laid out a view of the political spectrum that I've never forgotten. It does not, he said, resemble a line with a far left, a far right and a center. Instead, it is a nearly closed circle where the extremes of the spectrum are turning back towards each other. The accuracy of that analysis has struck me several times over the years, especially this year.

For example, among the books that make up the Tea Party canon is Saul Alinsky's Rules
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Charles
Feb 12, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it
Rall doesn't mince words and explains exactly what he thinks is needed to change things in this country. I don't agree with everything he wrote, but it's an important book nonetheless.
Brad
Apr 12, 2011 Brad rated it it was ok
I have a copy of this that's free to a good home. I expected a provocative and entertaining read and instead received a healthy dose of boring and predictable. Plus, Rall fails miserably at providing solutions or instructions on how to carry out the overthrow for which he is calling, frequently stating "I don't have a solution" or "I don't know what exactly to recommend" or "It's up to you (the reader) to figure out." His main point seems to just be "do something" - and this banal point is someh ...more
Smiley McGrouchpants
Jan 24, 2017 Smiley McGrouchpants rated it it was amazing
Just what we need: an itemization of things to look for, things to be realistic about, and things to not expect.

America's in decline, but it's a long haul, and there's no telling what Teutonic plate of infrastructure and/or culture will shift next.

Be forewarned!

Witty, charming, and unusually cut-through-the-bullshit. Rall went through a lot of false (or partially-true) roads in his life to come to this conclusion, as embodied in the title, and his position feels well-earned. Like reluctance, and
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Andrew
Nov 03, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
This book is a serious argument for violent revolution in America. Some of the facts are presented in a skewed ways, but everything is cited. Read this book. Decide for your self. Then don't tell anyone you've read this book and hand to it to a trusted friend.
Stephen
This little book 7"x5" and 273 pages was devoured on the return flight from AVL to BTV with a quick layover at LGA and packed a simple message (for me.) Several years ago, I attended the DAR Ceremony for Colonel John Smith - signer of the Declaration of Independence interred in the Cemetery of 1st Presbyterian Church, York, PA. It was during the run-up to the start of the WAR FOR IRAQ OIL (so now you know my mental-state.) As the Declaration was read I was overcome with the realization that WE - ...more
Bianca
Sep 19, 2011 Bianca rated it really liked it
Rall makes a compelling case for violent revolution. My one critique, something I actually find really upsetting, is that he almost totally overlooks misogyny as a form of systemic injustice; he finally spends two pages discussing women's potential contributions to a future revolution, only to conclude that poor and middle class men will likely be the ones to actually start the revolution because they're a lot more angry than women are. He comes off as a bit of a "manarchist," but I say this wit ...more
Jackie Sheeler
Dec 01, 2010 Jackie Sheeler rated it it was amazing
excellent call to action from ted rall. he gave a reading in town right when i was in the middle of the book and was quite good -- go hear him if you can. i gave the book to my brother when i finished it, and he's going to pass it on to someone else when he's done. i suggest everyone do the same (just be careful who you give it to -- not for tea partiers, that's for sure!).
Carlsworth Weathersbea
Feb 11, 2016 Carlsworth Weathersbea rated it did not like it
A poorly written temper-tantrum; which says a lot because I'm sympathetic to the author's cause. Rall should stick to doodling.
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American columnist, syndicated editorial cartoonist, and author.

His political cartoons often appear in a multi-panel comic-strip format and frequently blend comic-strip and editorial-cartoon conventions.

The cartoons appear in approximately 100 newspapers around the United States. He is President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

Rall is critical about the foreign policy of the
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“We can wait for the system to collapse of its own accord, for the rage of the downtrodden and dispossessed to build, for chaos of some sort to expose and destroy it. But implosion might take a long time. And when it happens, we may find ourselves even more powerless than we are now. They—the hardcore, racist, undereducated, fundamentalist Christian, anit-civil liberties Right—are preparing to step into the breach, to seize power. They can't wait to unleash their venomous hatred on the city-dwelling commie hipster fags they despise. They are armed. They recognize that the system is doomed. They've seen this coming. They're organized and willing to merge their disparate brands of conservatism under a common leadership. Most importantly, they get it. They don't need to be convinced that everything is in play. They're putting it in play.” 0 likes
“Theoretically, people might form intentional communities (the current term for communes) and/or polyamorous clans of one hundred to one hundred fifty in Ecotopia (the term for a theoretical independent Pacific Northwest), living off the land, all local and sustainable-like. But these utopian societies won't be able to count on being left alone to live peacefully. The millions of partisans who follow Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and right-wing televangelists happen to be the best-armed people around, and they despise just about everyone who doesn't think and pray like them. They will see collapse as affirmation of their beliefs that secular liberalism is destructive. They will also see it as an opportunity to create a new, ordered world atop the ashes. They will act to stop teenage sluts from getting abortions, teach niggers a lesson, and slaughter those spics, dots, and everyone else who doesn't fit into their vision of what and who is right. ¶ Anarchist may opt out of revolution, but counterrevolution will come to them.” 0 likes
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