Item description for Wake Up, You're Liberal!: How We Can Take America Back from the Right by Ted Rall...
Declaring that there hasn't been a "real" Democrat in the White House since Lyndon Johnson, Ted Rall decries the hijacking of the government by right-wingers and the seeming powerlessness of the left to stop them. Wake Up, America! You're Liberal! features his trademark no-holds-barred invective and 30 thought-provoking illustrations.
Rall, seeing the left in disarray, tells liberal Americans how to organize a vibrant, relevant alternative to rightist rule and make life better for vast numbers of people in the process. In fact, he says, in order to enjoy the mainstream majority status they deserve, liberals must strive to create a viable American left centered around an effective Democratic party.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 14, 2004
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1932360220 ISBN13 9781932360226
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More About Ted Rall
Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a radical syndicated 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. For Seven Stories Press, he is the illustrator of the full-length comic Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps (2012), written by Greg Palast, and the author and illustrator of The Book of Obama (2012), The Anti-American Manifesto (2010), and After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests (Hill and Wang 2014). His graphic biography, Snowden (2015), was called -A dramatic, evocative, thoughtful and very accessible account of one of the most important stories of the century- by Noam Chomsky. In July 2016 Rall's graphic biography of the presidential candidate, Trump, will be published.
Ted Rall currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Wake Up, You're Liberal!: How We Can Take America Back from the Right?
A Bad Man Aug 10, 2006
I read the book because I had heard good things about it. I was disgusted by what I saw. I've always been a moderate, so this is not the ramblings of some right wing nut who just hates liberals. Ted Rall hates America with an almost satanic passion. After reading the book, I went online and searched for Ted Rall's cartoons. These cartoons are even worse than the book. He advocates the deaths of our soldiers and makes one cartoon actually claimed that ALL soldiers are rapists and sadists. Ted Rall is a sick and twisted human being. Do not send any of your money to this sadistic and anti-american nut.
I basically agree, but the book does have flaws Jan 20, 2006
I agree, generally, with the book's basic position, which is that those of us who are not on the far right side of the political spectrum need to stand up to the onslaught from the right. I also appreciate Ted Rall's snarky sense of humor. I very much appreciate the fact that he's done his homework and that he presents clear, and for the most part, accurate information. By and large, I think that he makes his case.
I also really appreciate the tone of the book. Rall wants to fight back against bullies. I do too. At a time in our country's history when we can observe more and more of our sacred civil liberties being chipped away from within, at a time when we are forced to endure the sanctimonious speech of hypocrites feigning morality, there are many targets. Essentially what Rall advocates is standing up to political bullies, hitting them back harder than they hit, and then watching them scamper away. Whether or not this will work as a political strategy is somewhat uncertain; but there is a cathartic value to just contemplating the idea.
If the book has a basic flaw it is this; in framing the book's arguments as essentially, left vs. right, it contributes to an environment of polarization. Perhaps we need to transcend this, ultimately. The problem with such positioning, too, is that it may not speak as much to centrists, and to those who don't follow politics that closely. And a related flaw is in presuming that the Democratic Party can be the means to bring about the transformations of politics that Rall desires. In theory this may be true. But in the real world, I am skeptical. And again, I have learned that identifying one party with the sinners and another with the saints my work, occasionally as rhetoric, but doesn't necessarily convince those not already convinced of the credibility of your claims.
Ultimately, then, Ted Rall here is primarily speaking to the already converted, and offering them inspiration. To those not yet converted, he may persuade some, but it depends a lot on them and on how open minded they are, as well as on what other information sources they may have.
Unbelievable Oct 27, 2005
It's hard to understand how anyone can have their head buried so far up their rear end that they could actually buy in to this. And at the same time it's easy to see why liberals cannot win an election. I would advise everyone to read this book. I would also advise everyone to read "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat when you're done for a real economic lesson about where our country is headed if we remain on this Socialistic track. "The Law" is about 30 pages long and can be read for free on the internet. It is absolute poison for the liberal mind (I know, I know... that is an oxymoron).
Food for thought -- read it while thinking's still allowed Oct 25, 2005
I found "Wake Up, You're Liberal!" to be excellent food for thought.
There are some who feel that all the important issues facing America and Americans have been solved. For those who feel this way, doctrinaire nonsense from one or another "ism" obviates the need to examine, consider, and decide -- all that's needed is to just keep shouting ideological catchphrases at any and all problems 'til the problems succumb from exhaustion.
For the great majority of centrist Americans, however, partisan shrieking isn't enough. For them, reflecting on earlier events and examining new ideas is an essential part of good citizenship.
Ted Rall's cogently written book, "Wake Up, You're Liberal!," provides that reflection and examination. Like any of our fellow species members, Mr. Rall may not always get it right, but that's a consequence of his considering complex problems rather than arguing that simplistic catchphrases alone are enough to solve them them.
His examination also means that the word "Liberal" in the title may mislead, even disappoint, some readers. One of the books recurring themes is that doctrinaire liberals and doctrinaire conservatives alike have allowed rigid advocacy of overly simplistic, even extremist, dogma to move their respective movements out of the political mainstream.
"Wake Up, You're Liberal!" won't offend or annoy anyone who can tolerate reasoned political dialog. The book certainly isn't grounds for having Mr. Rall imprisioned, exiled, or shot as some neocons have publicly suggested.
But for those of who naively belive that any book, doctrine, or "ism" can provide the answer to any and all problems, books like "Wake Up" may present an unacceptable deviance from approved doctrine. That's true whether the orthodoxy originates from the left or the right.
For that reason alone, I strongly suggest you read this book while it's still legal to do so...
Outspoken author is passionate about his convictions Jul 10, 2005
Ted Rall argues that liberal Democrats only problem comes down to a lack of proactive self-marketing.
Voters have thus forgotten (or do not want to realize) that liberal Democrats made Social Security, equal employment, clean water, free public education and many other policies which now draw strong majorities of public support.
We do not for instance hear a call to eliminate the pure foods act or overturn child labor bans although those were also enacted by the liberals of their time. This is because America is a fundamentally liberal country.
We have just let conservatives define what being a liberal is instead of constantly being proactive and doing it ourselves. Self-marketing gives people an honest picture of who we are and what we believe--liberals are the American mainstream. After the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon television debates we got cocky and forgot the importance of presentation to winning public offices.
He is also eerily accurate with his personal assessment of some campaign/party office conditions (pp. 189-191). Having the best party platform and the best issue positions in the world does not mean much for prospective voters when they are actually being cut down by self-absorbed individual party officials and/or find out the party has headquartered itself in something looking like the `end' frame in a disaster movie.
Having had my own experiences with such conditions, I completely agree. I can see where it does turn off an independent voter or a prospective party activist who is not committed enough about politics to then stay with the Democrats. There are some things an organization which cannot skimp on because image does matter to mission success. Even `nice' people cannot compensate for having a dilapidated office. A clean well-maintained office ultimately convinces voters that we will also keep government in a similar condition if elected.
Rall praises Clinton for some positions, but he also attacks the Democratic Leadership Council for trying to mimic the Republicans electoral success without first understanding where they had succeeded (pp. 153-182) or why. He also points out that the GOP has not moderated their tone in return, instead strengthening it.
At the same time, Rall forgets his own earlier advice about looking beyond stereotypes when he tries to talk about the feminist movement. Here Rall actually plays into the hands of people who want to believe that liberalism is bizzare.
He inadvertently undercuts the sincerity of his own organizing credo with an attack on Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women, because of her sexuality (pp. 65-66). Rall is visibly obsessed with both her sexuality and the consequent `implications' for the feminist movement, she allegedly discredits us all only because some conservatives stereotype every feminist as a lesbian. He then expresses a preference for the earlier NOW, an irony given that the 1966 organization was much closer to the `republican lite' model which he claims to despise in other chapters of this same book.
Rall's book has some good points, but it is not flawless. People reading this book should take the gender observations with a grain of salt. Rall seems to have a different standard for gender than the issues which he does feels strongly about. His conversational style might draw in readers who are turned off by the tone of most other political books however.