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Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse [Kindle Edition]

Warren Kinsella
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Everywhere you look, these days, Conservatives are winning elections. No matter where you look, the story is the same: white, angry men on the Right are winning power. The Left, meanwhile, is divided and dispirited, and rapidly losing ground. Fight the Right is a handbook on how to survive the nasty, brutish and short-sighted era in which we find ourselves and is designed to help progressives better understand their conservative adversary, and ultimately defeat conservatives wherever the battle is taking shape. It's a manual on how conservatives have appropriated language and values, and how progressives can take both back. Written in a fun, accessible, style, Fight the Right will appeal to those about to launch an advocacy effort, as well as those who are simply curious about how (and if) the Right thinks. It is chock full of war stories and not-so-tall tales about winning progressive campaigns, from everyone from Jean Chretien to Bobby Kennedy, Jr., and it will argue--forcefully--that a United Right can't be defeated until a United Left emerges. Wherever conservative power-brokers are hurting average citizens and hard-working families, Fight the Right will provide a tested road map on how to beat the bullies.


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"Kinsella is a modern-day Machiavelli.... He's the ultimate political insider." The Toronto Sun
"Kinsella writes in a quick-paced, animated, highly accessible style." The Globe and Mail

About the Author

WARREN KINSELLA is a lawyer, pundit, political consultant, and a newspaper and magazine columnist. He is the author of Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics and the bestselling Web of Hate. He lives in Toronto, is a single Dad, still plays in a punk band and is the president and founder of the Daisy Group, a political consulting firm. The author lives in Toronto, ON.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1418 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307361659
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QPFG5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How the Liberals Will Lose the Next Election October 21, 2012
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One of Warren Kinsella's biggest problems is that he is a hyper-partisan Liberal, an acolyte of Jean Chrétien who either "takes no prisoners" or likes to throw stink bombs on general principles, depending on your viewpoint. This means he's incapable of describing Canada's conservative movement in anything resembling neutral terms, unless (and this is critical) he talks about their tactics in winning elections. He argues that conservatives have captured the ability to speak to the values of mainstream Canadians, something Liberals and progressives have somehow lost; *how* the Left lost that ability, he's somehow not able to address, which is a definite weakness. The result is a good (if obvious) diagnosis of the Left's problems, but with no real prescription for their malaise other than "we must do something instead of nothing."
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I borrowed this book from the library so as not to put money into the pockets of the author. My desire to read this book is simply to peek at a playbook of the opposing side.

Before I begin this review, I'll leave you with a quote from the author's blog to help characterize him. This message was directed at a heritage group:
"Don't try and post here. I won't approve your comments.
I'm sick of you. I detest you. I don't want to hear from you. No sane person wants to hear from you.
You're a variant on al-Qaeda, and you're too deranged to realize it.
Go to Hell, where the likes of you belong."

The author seems to have desperately wanted to put on airs of toughness with the aesthetics of this book, from the pseudo-stencil graffiti font of the title, to the pre-tattered and uneven page edges. The illusion attempted here, I suppose, is that the book is supposed to look like it has seen many hard miles in the messenger bag of a modern progressive revolutionary, ever there as a seminal go-to political bible that just might save your life in a conservo-fascist tear gas attack. You will also notice that each time you see the letter R capitalized, it has an elongated tail, almost as though it was the "prescription" glyph.

Looking beyond the poser-ish exterior, let's examine the content. The author starts each chapter with an italicized snippet which appears to be an attempt at emulating a quote from an archaic book of scientific lore, with fake latin and everything. The author seems to get bored of his own little schtick by the later chapters. For that matter, so had I.

You might find that the chapter titles are a bit misleading. The chapter entitled "How to Identify a Conservative" is far from accurate.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool March 19, 2013
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This book was perfect for me.
I didn't read it of course; I stopped needing pedants to spoon-feed me what I should think and do when I learned that words are sometimes just sounds filling an otherwise welcome silence.
But, if you're looking for a good firestarter, this book is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Progressives in Canada February 7, 2013
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Kinsella's easy-to-read, informal style is combined with solid advice that liberals, and Liberals, should take to heart if they want to defeat Stephen Harper. Like George Lakoff in the U.S., Kinsella brings a needed dose of reality to the plight of progressives.
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