Get Opinionated: A Progressive's Guide to Finding Your Voice (and Taking a Little Action)


For those who like their politics blunt, raw, and uncompromising comes Get Opinionated—a guide to the issues you care about:


Taxes and Public Wealth


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For those who like their politics blunt, raw, and uncompromising comes Get Opinionated—a guide to the issues you care about:


Taxes and Public Wealth

Health Care

The War on Drugs

Reproductive Rights and Access

GLBTQ Rights

The War on Terror

The Culture Wars

Get Opinionated will help you find your political voice and galvanize you into action—or at least help you understand which issues you care about—or which ones most piss you off—and why.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580053020
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,201,487
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (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 and podcasts and writes for Her writing has appeared in many publications, including, 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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