Anti-American Manifesto, The Paperback – 25 Nov 2010
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About the Author
Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times. He is the illustrator of the full-length comic in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, written by Greg Palast.
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His solution, preparation for armed revolution, seems to be going overboard. Why not just vote for the Green Party instead? That's a serious option to the dominant parties in both the US and UK, but voters have consistently failed to back it in spite of griping endlessly about the meaningless of politics as usual.
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Enjoy the book.
Some of the previous reviewers accuse Ted Rall of not offering an alternative to the current system. I assume that they failed to read the bit about "...a transition to socialism". Indeed, Rall is a socialist and the alternative according to him is a transition to a system that operates in accordance with the principle of fulfilling basic human need through a democratically and centrally-planned system of production.
Rall understands that social revolution and serious business and points out that the immediate consequences might be civil war or even the breakup of the country--as it has been the case in history. He warns us against pacifist wishful thinking--common among the American left--that widely spread belief that system will simply run it's course and collapse under the weight of it's own internal and irreconcilable contradictions. He points to the example of the Soviet Union where the collapse of a corrupt and degenerated socialist state lead to capitalist counter-revolution and an system in which the working people of Russia suffer even more terribly than under the previous regime.
Rall has some choice words for the left. He is especially critical of the anarchists in the deep green movement who believe that after the collapse of industrial capitalism--which they deem inevitable--they will live in peaceful, isolated and self-sustaining communes. Rall points out that reactionary forces of the right (well funded, organized and concentrated in the bastions of American Evangelical right-wing conservativism) will never allow this, and that if American anarchists persist on turning their back on revolution, counter-revolution will come to them. His argument why revolution is necessary now and not in some undetermined point in the future can be summed up in the famous quote by V.I. Lenin, "We can have socialism, or barbarism".
This book will not be well received by left-of-center liberals or nationalists (all liberals are nationalistic to some degree) as they will brand the book as Anti-american. They will not respond well to the parts where parallels are made between the genocide and aggression of Nazi Germany and American foreign policy in our period--even after they are reminded the American military operations during the 20th century have resulted in over 10 million deaths. Their intellectual conditioning has thought them that America plays an essentially positive role in global affairs (despite the occasional shortcomings), that the constitution is a sacred document containing eternal truths about life and politics, and that this is their government that has been temporarily overtaken by evil and greedy people; they will never understand that that the entire system that was erected on the principle of capitalist private property is flawed and needs to be replaced with something better. This is ok as Rall writes, we do not need them and we who have the courage need to take up our historical responsibility and save the human race from the ravages of the capitalist world order orchestrated and maintained by the United States. If you believe that you are up to the task, read this book and discuss it with your friends and loved ones.
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