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Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots

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In every election year, we hear much about the allpowerful "bases" of each major party. Who are these activists? What drives them? And why are they all equally dangerous to our lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness? In Dumbocracy, journalist Marty Beckerman spends four years with foot soldiers of the Left and Right--prochoice and antichoice, progay rights and antigay rights, pr ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Disinformation Books
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Paul
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
The author spent four years visiting with political extremists on both sides of the spectrum. These are people who believe in nothing less than total victory for their side. Most Americans are moderates on the issues, but, for instance, pro-life and anti-war activists still see things as very black and white.

Beckerman discovered a lot of interesting things in his travels. Betty Friedan, founder of the National Organization for Women, compared American housewives to "the millions who
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Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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(Original Review: http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2008/12/...)

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The subtitle of the book is “Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots,” and in keeping with that Beckerman proposes and entertainingly demonstrates how the fringe of both the Left and the Right have more in common with each other than with folks in the center: True Believers who Know Better than You Do what You Should Be Allowed to Do, Think, or Believe. Whether lam
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Tim
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
If the title of Marty Beckerman's latest book doesn't clue you in on where he's coming from, he erases any doubt with the first sentence. "Opinions are like genitals: if you force others to swallow yours, something is seriously wrong with you."[return][return]Since Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots lays out plenty of opinions, Beckerman may well be saying there's also something seriously wrong with him. To describe the book as snarky would be an u ...more
Joe Green
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a good book for anybody who's tired of hearing stupid people talk. Beckerman points out a lot of hypocrisy on both sides of the political spectrum, but the Right takes the brunt of most of his venom... and for good reason[s:]. The things that help this book stand out from other political texts is that Beckerman uses a whole lot of logic and common sense when confronting the issues, and, of course, he infuses those with a lot of scathing humor... especially, at least, a couple dozen bitin ...more
Bernadette
Dec 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Nowadays, anyone who reads the news or watches it on television can’t escape the fact that polarization exists in politics around the world. And most often, it’s the extremist voices that get the most press – if it bleeds, it leads, as the saying goes. What goes missing in many news stories is mention of the gray areas in which most people find themselves. And somewhere in all this coverage, “compromise” has become a dirty word, a symbol of weakness or loss of the upper hand.

In his n
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