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In this humorous yet informative work, Amanda Marcotte covers the social and political issues young people care about - examining everything from welfare and GLBTQ rights to reproductive access and the war on drugs.Get Opinionatedalso delves into everyday dilemmas; the environmental impacts of Atkins vs. Vegetarianism, whether airport security is really worth the hassle, and how to ''go green'' without being seen as a status-seeking yuppie.Today's young progressive voice is oftentimes silenced, quieted by loud ...
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Overview

In this humorous yet informative work, Amanda Marcotte covers the social and political issues young people care about - examining everything from welfare and GLBTQ rights to reproductive access and the war on drugs.Get Opinionatedalso delves into everyday dilemmas; the environmental impacts of Atkins vs. Vegetarianism, whether airport security is really worth the hassle, and how to ''go green'' without being seen as a status-seeking yuppie.Today's young progressive voice is oftentimes silenced, quieted by loud conservative opposition.Get Opinionatedworks to change this with a guide to the issues, how to get involved, and how to spread your voice. Marcotte is a confidant for the young woman who wants to be more politically involved, but may need a bit of a nudge in the right direction. She offers advice, opinions, and in-your-face candor, with suggestions for readers to take this information to the next step - and take action.Whether you're a newcomer to politics or just looking for some further direction,Get Opinionatedwill help you find the facts, find the truth, and find your political voice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458783660
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Marcotte graduated summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University with a BA in English literature. She worked as the blog manager for the John Edwards campaign in 2007, after which she became a full-time writer. Currently, Amanda blogs for Pandagon.com and podcasts and writes for RHRealityCheck.org. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Salon.com, the Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian (UK). She lives in Austin with her two cats, boyfriend, and record player.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

A Tour Through Your Various Political Types 15

Chapter 1 You Don't Have to be a Stinky Hippie to Be an Environmentalist 37

The Dirty Little Secret of Living Green: It's Fun

The Other Dirty Little Secret of Living Green: It's Not Enough

Atkins: An Environmental Disaster

Grow Your Own Way: Gardening for Food, Gardening against Global Warming

Action: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" Reaches Its Sexiness Peak

Chapter 2 Read a Book, or at Least a Blog: The Pitfalls of Learning Politics from TV 59

"Fair and Balanced," My Ass

Knowing Who to Vote for Shouldn't Require Sixty Hours of Research

Who Says a Liberal Can't Get the Ratings?

Action: Don't Turn the TV Off—Turn Yourself On

Chapter 3 Who Gets What, When: Taxes and Public Wealth 77

I Come Not to Bury the Bureaucrat, but to Praise Her

We're All Socialists. And Capitalists. Both. No, Really.

"Privatization" Is Code for "Steal the Public's Money"

The Rich Love Big Government…for Themselves

Action: Consciousness Raising Isn't Just for Identity Politics

Chapter 4 Because Everyone Gets Sick at Some Point: Health Care 105

Free Market Health Care Is Writing a Check for the Pleasure of Being Told to Fuck Off

Pay for Your Neighbor's Ounce of Prevention (and Save Yourself a Pound of Cure)

Universal Health Care and Putting the Farmers' Market Near You

Action: You Can Do More Than Cross Your Fingers and Hope You Don't Get Sick

Chapter 5 Toilet, Meet Money: The War on Drugs 121

Me? Drugs? Never. I Get High on Opinions.

The Permanent Nonvoting Underclass

Action: Fighting on the Local Level

Chapter 6 In the Bedroom: Reproductive Rights and Access 133

Only One Side of the Abortion Debate Wants You to Get Laid

Birth Control Pills for a Cleaner Planet and a Better Economy

Action: Giving, Talking, and Outing Pro-Lifers

Chapter 7 Getting Past Will & Grace: GLBTQ Rights 151

Fundies Got One Thing Right: Gay Marriage Threatens "Traditional" Marriage

The Homosexual Agenda Is Playing at My House

Even If They Find the Cause, Do We Want a Cure?

Action: Come Our, Regardless of Your Orientation

Chapter 8 Don't Fear Leaving Your House: The War on Terror 167

Terrorists: The New Communists

Our Newest Excuse Not to Take Care of Business at Home

Airport Security: Drama-Queen Behavior to Keep Us in Line

Action: Don't Assume Democrats Are Our Friends

Chapter 9 A "Reality-Based Community": Liberals Should Support Science and Rationality 187

If Science Is So Rational, How Can It Be Political?

Shots Before You're Sick Don't Seem Right

Jesus and/or Your Star Sign Want You to Be a Millionaire

Global Warming Is Not Controversial

Action: Become a Political Skeptic and Science Promoter

Chapter 10 Or Maybe The Color Purple: The Red State/Blue State Divide 207

Shooting Beer Cans for Freedom

True Patriots Eat Gravy

Welfare Undermines Our Jesus Recruitment

Action: Turn Your Red State Blue

Chapter 11 Jesus Vs. Democracy: The Culture Wars and Church/State Separation 225

Getting Teenagers Pregnant for God: Abstinence-Only Education

Tithing Has Nothing on the Government Teat: Faith-Based Funding

This Place Sucks, and We Want a Rapture

Praying at School: The Cheapest Status Symbol

Action: Promoting a Secular Society Isn't Anti-Religion

About the Author 249

Acknowledgments 250

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