Bumper Sticker Liberalism: Peeling Back the Idiocies of the Political Left

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Modern American liberalism is no longer a system of beliefs about the role of government, the conduct of international relations, or the nature of personal responsibility. Rather, it has become a series of bumper stickers—actual bumper stickers that signal mental bumper stickers. They don't make sense individually. They don't make sense in concert. But if you peel them away, one by one, from the foreheads of liberals, there's nothing underneath.

Clever, pithy, often nasty, and ...

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Overview

Modern American liberalism is no longer a system of beliefs about the role of government, the conduct of international relations, or the nature of personal responsibility. Rather, it has become a series of bumper stickers—actual bumper stickers that signal mental bumper stickers. They don't make sense individually. They don't make sense in concert. But if you peel them away, one by one, from the foreheads of liberals, there's nothing underneath.

Clever, pithy, often nasty, and altogether unexamined, the liberal bumper sticker is, in fact, the perfect antidote to critical thought. It's an argumentative marker, a gauntlet thrown down from the sanctuary of the driver's seat. You don't have to defend your ideas with your pedal to the metal. Your bumper sticker says, in effect, "This is how I roll."

Insightful and irreverent in just the right way, Bumper Sticker Liberalism takes on, and takes apart, the cozy cognitive knee jerks of actual liberal bumper stickers—on topics ranging from race relations to the nanny state, from global warming to tax policy, from war and peace to Bush Derangement Syndrome.

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With a clear rightward slant, journalist and novelist Goldblatt (Africa Speaks) deciphers the fallacies behind contemporary liberal bumper stickers. He skewers slogans from the aura of revolutionary icon Che Guevara to the threat Sarah Palin posed as the “patron saint of stupidity,” but devotes a surprising amount of research to sections like a list of quotations detailing prominent politicians’ belief in Iraq’s possessing weapons of mass destruction. All of this helps to shape the lighthearted and energetic monologue into something tangible, which is not to say that this book is simply reportage. The humor leans toward hyperbole, but works more often than not, and while it only touches on the Occupy movement, issues like health care and tax reform feel much more in the moment than the arguments against “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” While some of his arguments feel shaky and a closing series of call and response bumper sticker smack downs should be funnier than it is, on the whole, Goldblatt offers an entertaining exploration of the rationale behind modern liberal political slogans. Agent: Scott Gould, RLR Associates. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062135117
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Goldblatt is a widely published columnist, essayist, and philosopher. He is the author of two novels, Africa Speaks and Sloth. He teaches religious history and developmental English at Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.

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