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"This is called thinking. And if more people - on both sides - were prepared to acknowledge their own shifts of view and to explain and examine exactly why they have changed with the times, our public discourse would be immeasurably improved." --Andrew Sullivan, the Atlantic

About the Author

Marty Beckerman, twenty-five, is also the author of Generation S.L.U.T. (MTV Books, 2004). He has written for Playboy, Reason, Discover, The Huffington Post, and New York Press. He has been featured by The New York Times, the New York Post, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and National Public Radio. Hunter S. Thompson once called him a "morbid little bastard," which Beckerman considers the greatest compliment of his career.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934708062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934708064
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,273,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marty Beckerman is the author of #1 Amazon.com bestselling parody THE HEMING WAY (St. Martin's Press), which USA Today called "laugh-out-loud," and most recently '90s ISLAND. He has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, Maxim, Wired, Mental Floss, Nerve, Salon, Discover, the Daily Beast and MTV.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M.Jacobsen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2008
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With the U.S. presidential elections looming large (did everyone register to vote?), the American public is currently being inundated with political advertisements, televised debates, candidate mud-slinging and other ugly nonsense that typically accompanies our election process. Good times, right?

For those of you who are tired of the endless empty campaign promises, finger-pointing, and soapbox platforms, author Marty Beckerman has provided some much-needed comic relief in the form of Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots.

It has ever been my contention that if we picked ten random Republicans and ten random Democrats off the street and locked them in a room together, we'd find that we meet in the middle more often than not. The problem is - and has always been - that the important issues are not decided by the "average" American. Rather, it is people with extreme, inflexible platforms who do their best to polarize the American public and make compromise impossible.

In a quest to understand the fundamentalists at both sides of the political spectrum (you know, the ones who make compromise impossible), Beckerman spent four years in their world, interviewing, attending thier funcions and rallies, and just in general taking one for the team and saving the rest of us from their extremist vitriol. Covering incendiary topics such as abortion, women's rights, freedom of speech, and international relations (amongst many others), Beckerman pokes fun at the ridiculous lunatics who shape our laws and policy, making for many laugh-out-loud moments.

As the title of the book implies, Beckerman goes after the left and right ends of the political spectrum with equal zeal.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ann H. Webb on September 5, 2008
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Edgy, interesting, funny. Dumbocracy is the perfect antidote to both the Democratic and Republican conventions. Read this book, then take the politicizing from both sides with a few grains of salt. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Newman on September 16, 2008
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In short, this might be the best political humor book I've ever read. If I were teaching a high school or college course to which it was at all pertinent, I would prescribe "Dumbocracy" as required reading. Young people need to know this stuff, that they may not become prey for political pedophiles aiming to indoctrinate kids too young to know better with their ideologies. While I detected a slight liberal leaning, make no mistake, the far left are not given any slack for their post-communist nanny state nonsense. Whereas the far right are thoroughly lambasted as the hypocritical fascist theocrats they are. I highly recommend "Dumbocracy" to anyone who cares about politics or social issues.
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The author spent four years visiting with political extremists on both sides of the spectrum. These are people who believe in nothing less than total victory for their side. Most Americans are moderates on the issues, but, for instance, pro-life and anti-war activists still see things as very black and white.

Beckerman discovered a lot of interesting things in his travels. Betty Friedan, founder of the National Organization for Women, compared American housewives to "the millions who walked to their own death in the concentration camps." Those on the Right blame homosexuality for the destruction of American society, but just over half of Americans think of homosexuality as an acceptable life-style. Texas A&M University requires that all faculty members "celebrate and promote" homosexuality.

"It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact."--Ann Coulter. The American Institute for Philanthropy has ranked MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) as one of the most corrupt and least effective charities in the country. In 2006, the California Supreme Court allowed authorities to break into citizens' homes anytime--without a warrant--to check their blood alcohol levels. A legislator in Missouri compared biology teachers to terrorists, for teaching evolution. Environmental activists have demanded control over citizens' home thermostats, threatened to spy on those who do not recycle and suggested that governments should intelligently reduce human populations to one-sixth their present number.

In 2006, the Bush Administration joined with Iran to ban a gay-rights group from addressing the United Nations. In 2004, Canada officially banned criticism of homosexuality, which is now punishable by up to five years in prison.
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