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Trigger Warnings: political correctness and the rise of the right Paperback – 29 Nov 2018

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe UK (29 Nov. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1911617079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911617075
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,046,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘In the age of fake news and the seeming triumph of political populism, Jeff Sparrow’s Trigger Warnings is a vital book for our times. With the integrity of political thought and action under threat from social media sloganeering, with Donald Trump holding court in the White House and “political correctness” the catch-all suffocation of dissent, Jeff Sparrow challenges us to respond with intelligence and conviction.’

Author: Tony Birch, author of Ghost River

‘Standing on the front line of the culture war it’s clear the right are winning. In this new book, Jeff Sparrow draws lessons from contemporary debates and historical struggles to argue for an alternative to the seemingly oppositional binary of class or identity that dominates liberal discourse. Instead, Sparrow calls for a return to a “direct politics” approach that doesn’t rely on mainstream leaders but argues that a rebuilding of an activist left that sees strength in solidarity and strives for liberation is the only answer. In a time that increasingly feels like it’s now or never, this book is an urgently needed intervention. Don’t just read it, do it.’

Source: Roz Ward, co-founder of Safe Schools Coalition

‘A crisp, elegant and timely analysis of exactly how the world and everything in it turned to wallaby poop, also whose fault it is and how we might actually be able to do something about it.’

Author: First Dog On The Moon, political cartoonist for the Guardian

‘Sparrow writes with a unique combination of dignified sensitivity and a concrete commitment to solidarity and movement building.’

Source: Sam Wallman, political cartoonist

‘He’s one of Australia’s most crucial political thinkers … Trigger Warnings is perhaps his most polemic [book] yet, written with clear activist goals in mind: to intervene in the present, he insists we must understand the complex history that led us here.’

Source: The Saturday Paper

‘Australian writer Jeff Sparrow succinctly explains in Trigger Warnings how Trump cleverly skewered his political enemies by appealing to their anger at the elite political and media classes (despite being a member of the elite himself) … Trigger Warnings is a rare book that takes a necessary scalpel to the leftist political persuasion of its author as much as, if not more than, the right-wing agenda he opposes.’

Author: Antony Loewenstein Source: Weekend Australian

‘Sparrow’s book is a provocative reading of the culture wars that develops a distinction between ‘direct’ and ‘delegated’ politics.’

Author: James Ley Source: ‘ABR’s Books of the Year 2018’

‘It’s a highly interesting polemic, dense with information, but well written and full of provocative and challenging views.’

Author: Graeme Barrow Source: Horowhenua Chronicle

Trigger Warnings is a brave book, best read as a call for the left to re-examine its strategies during a period of immense danger, to take stock of its key resources and to align itself with the experience of ordinary people without lessening its focus on sexism, racism or homophobia.’

Author: Gary Pearce Source: Overland

About the Author

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, and broadcaster, and an honorary fellow at Victoria University. He writes a fortnightly column for The Guardian and contributes regularly to many other publications, as well as being a member of the 3RRR Breakfasters radio team. Jeff is the immediate past editor of the literary and cultural journal Overland, and the author of several books, including Communism: a love story and Killing: misadventures in violence.

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