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Give Me Liberty by Naomi Wolf
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Oct 03, 11

Read from September 20 to October 03, 2011

A straightforward treatise on the importance of an informed and involved citizenry. Naomi Wolf attempts to give those frustrated and jaded with American politics a useful guide to being more involved. More of a primer for those seriously not in the know, the book's second half is a series of articles on how to run for political office, begin grassroots movements, standard formatting for press releases and op-ed newspaper articles. It was refreshing to see someone engaging so positively about the abuses of civil liberties, offering sensible and proactive solutions to engaging in the democratic system now perceived as broken and corrupt. What struck me most was Wolf's crowbar separation and analysis of Liberalism (those engaged in democratically encased ideals of social justice and personal liberty) vs. Far-Leftists (those so disgusted with the system as it stands that they would advocate for Socialism in the extreme). The Far-leftists she criticized as part of the problem - still advocating a system where decisions and social ideologies are still determined by a government, and not the people themselves. Overall, this was an excellent call to action, with decent resources to back up that call and provide follow-through and action for the reader.
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