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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Small Town Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981646662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981646664
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

"As the South Park generation move into adulthood and paying vast amounts of tax, a timely and useful pointer on Libertarianism" - Andrew Withers: Leader, Libertarian Party of the United Kingdom

"Dr. Paul is a role model for aspiring Canadian libertarians looking to get into politics. His bid for presidency was closely examined by libertarians around the world; his ability to cross barriers that are seemingly unreachable by the left/right paradigm is a testament to him and the philosophy he espouses." -Katrina Chowne: Leader, Libertarian Party of Canada

"I read [the] book... and loved it. [The] writing style is very clear and to the point." - Gabriel Scheare: Member, Libertarian Party of Canada

"My favorite chapter was the one on Margaritaville, mainly because my initial interpretation was more liberal leaning and I was glad to learn about a different perspective on it." - Nathaniel Ballinger: South Park Fan

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CONTENTS

1 INTRODUCTION
What Is a Libertarian? | Liberals & Conservatives & Libertarians

2 BUTT OUT
Description | There Will Be No More Smoking! | The Tyranny of the Majority | Individual Responsibility | Freedom of Choice | Private Property Rights

3 GOO-BACKS
Description | They Took Our Jobs! | This Is America! We Speak English! | Can We Get Rid of All the Mexicans? | Borders & Private Property | The Fence | Nationality

4 GNOMES
Description | It's a Capitalist Country! Get Used to It! | The Greedy Small Businessman | The Invisible Gnomes of the Free Market | Collect Underpants & Profit

5 SOMETHING WALL-MART THIS WAY COMES
Description | Wall-Mart Is Our Neighborhood Friend! | Slave Wages

6 MARGARITAVILLE
Description | Water & Bread & Margaritas! Yea! | If You Spend It, Goods Will Come! | Heresy Toward the Economy | Bail Out the Insurance Company | Profit & Loss | Aaand It's GONE

7 GO GOD GO
Description | Science Damn It!

8 MEDICINAL FRIED CHICKEN
Description | Drugs Are Bad, M'Kay? | Finger Licking Illegal

9 DIE HIPPIE DIE
Description | Liberal Brainwashing

10 MANBEARPIG
Description | I'm Super Cereal!

11 SEXUAL HARASSMENT PANDA
Description | Taxes Make Me a Sad Panda | Isn't That Fascism? | There's No Such Thing as a Free Puppy

12 HOOKED ON MONKEY PHONICS
Description | Screw You Guys! I'm Going Home-School

13 MR. HANKEY, THE CHRISTMAS POO
Description | The Right Not to be Offended

14 THE DEATH CAMP OF INTOLERANCE
Description | Intolerance Will Not Be Tolerated

15 REVERSE COWGIRL
Description | Last Bastion of American Freedom | You Can Always Sue Somebody!

16 DOUCHE AND TURD
Description | The Two-Idiot System

17 OTHER ISSUES
Description | I'm Super! Thanks for Asking! | A 42nd Trimester Abortion | It's Coming Right For Us! | Respect My Authoritah!

18 RESPECT MY LIBERTAH!
I Learned Something Today

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FROM THE INTRODUCTION

I believe that Matt Stone and Trey Parker have influenced, whether it was their intention or not, a generation of young people to be more libertarian with their show South Park. They sum up their political beliefs with the following statement:

"I hate conservatives, but I really f***ing hate liberals."

If this book works the way I intend, liberals and conservatives who read it will be libertarians when they finish it. I will use certain episodes as a point of departure to discuss certain issues. In some cases, I will use my experience in France to drive the point further. I will cite some prominent libertarians, but in many cases I don't cite anything. As you read, you will notice that I spend more time trying to convince liberals to be fiscally responsible than I do trying to convince conservatives of being socially intolerant. That is because I believe that fiscal responsibility can be taught more easily than social tolerance. Social intolerance is often motivated by deep religious beliefs, and it is virtually impossible to change one's religious beliefs.

For example, Rick Santorum is very conservative, and I don't think anyone can convince him to be socially tolerant. In fact, Santorum recently said that the Republicans are losing elections because they're not anti-gay enough. I'm more optimistic of influencing those who don't feel very strongly about the liberal-conservative dichotomy.

My job in France gave me so much time off that I was able to contemplate the role of government in our lives. And I was able to come to many conclusions, which I discuss in this book, without having read anything about libertarianism beforehand. I used to be liberal, but then I realized that I was a libertarian all along. I just didn't know it.

Each chapter from Chapter Two to Chapter Sixteen is named after an episode from South Park. The chapters begin with a description of the episode, in case you haven't seen it. If you're an avid South Park fan, you won't need to read these of course. Some descriptions are longer or shorter than others. The subsequent subsections contain a libertarian lesson from that episode. The episode is used as a point of departure, and there are a few subsections that don't pertain directly to the episode, but rather to the lesson in it. You will notice that a few chapters have more lessons than others. For example, Chapter Two contains many lessons discussed that could easily be discussed in other episodes. While many of the libertarian lessons of South Park are often repeated in multiple episodes, each lesson will be discussed only once, but they may be mentioned a few more times.

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BOOKS ON SPANISH BY BRANDON SIMPSON

DEMYSTIFYING SPANISH GRAMMAR: Clarifying the Written Accents, Ser / Estar, Para / Por, Imperfect/Preterite, & the Dreaded Spanish Subjunctive. As a Spanish tutor in college, I realized that nearly all the students I was tutoring were struggling to understand five specific grammatical concepts. They were struggling to understand the written accents, when to use the verbs ser and estar, when to use para or por, when to use the imperfect and the preterit, and all of them struggled with the dreaded Spanish subjunctive. So, I decided to write a book about these certain grammatical difficulties. The book itself grew out of handouts and worksheets I used.

SPANISH VERB TENSES: Conjugating Spanish Verbs (Irregular Verbs), Perfecting Your Mastery of Spanish Verbs in all the Tenses (Present, Past, & Future) & Moods (Indicative, Subjunctive, & Conditional). This book will teach you all about Spanish verbs and verb tenses.

DEMYSTIYFING SPANISH VOCABULARY: A Contextual Spanish Dictionary, Learning Spanish Words (Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Prepositions) Through Context with Clear Explanations, Examples, and Flowcharts. There has never been a Spanish dictionary like this! It is the first of its kind. This dictionary focuses on a short list of nearly fifty words that many students, no matter their level, have difficulty with. Instead of giving standard translations that most dictionaries give, this dictionary takes context into consideration. When you see an entry for a word that has multiple translations in English, you will see a flowchart for the word. When beginning Spanish students start to learn their new language, they often don't use the right word. According to their dictionaries, they use the right word, but they never take context into consideration. This book will remedy this common problem. This book is by no means an exhaustive list of Spanish vocabulary. It should, however, open up your mind to the concept of context. There are nearly fifty English words that I have chosen for this book. On each page you will see a flowchart. In the first column, you will see the English word, the context in the second column, and the correct Spanish word in the third column. I also explain in greater detail some of the more confusing words. In some entries I use only the flowchart and examples. By the end of this book, your mind should have, what I call, a context filter.

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I'm giving it 2 stars just for the superb subject matter.
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It's a very easy read and although it seems silly, he said it was extremely helpful and a very well written book.
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When people ask me about what or why I believe what I do, I show them this book and they understand.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Scheare on May 21, 2013
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At last, the creators of South Park have been properly outed as the shameless liberty peddlers that they are!
Seriously, this author has done an excellent job of systematically examining the most classic South Park episodes and their libertarian foundations.
Who knew such a crude little cartoon show could be so philosophical and educational?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Layne on October 15, 2013
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Although I'm not a South Park watcher, my husband is, so I hear reports of the shows often. Therefore I could relate to the author using various South Park episodes to explain Libertarian principles.

I took the online test (site provided in book) and scored 100% Libertarian. I had always considered myself an Independent, leaning toward the Constitutional, Green and Libertarian parties. I have attended local Libertarian meetings so was aware of their platform. But I never really "got" it all from the meetings.

However, this book clearly and succinctly explains what being a Libertarian means. The author did a terrific job of making sure that anyone who reads this, from young people to the most strident long-time Rs and Ds, and all those in between, can understand and relate to the examples and understand them. And his wit and humor not only add to the enjoyment of reading the book but also make learning about Libertarianism entertaining while still being thought provoking.

I, who think we need a stronger third party on an equal basis with the R&D parties, now believe that Libertarianism is 99% the best choice to pull all the other Independent groups together and make a go of it. Sadly, if we'd only paid attention to Ron Paul years ago this country might have been in much better condition than we find it now. But it's not too late. Read the book. Tell your family, friends, and enemies about it!

I repeat myself but it's important, for the sake of Liberty, I recommend that everyone read and re-read Brandon Simpson's excellent book. Thank you Brandon Simpson!

Lorraine Layne
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Brooks on June 2, 2013
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The author uses the popularity of South Park and Ron Paul as pre-text to outline libertarianism. What a joy. This book could be given to anyone - young or old and anything in between. You don't have to be a fan or have even watched South Park, nor do you have to be a fan of Ron Paul. You merely have to be curious, or perhaps maybe a little dissatisfied with the current over-reaching governments that exist today in the developed economies. From North America to Europe and beyond, this book is relevant. Great job - Brandon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wyatt Haley on May 28, 2013
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Simpson does a tremendous job of explaining libertarian principles hidden within the show's silly humor. In addition, political philosophies that can seem complex are made easily understandable. This is due to the author using simple but effective examples that put things in perspective. A great read I would recommend to anyone interested in freedom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wright on September 2, 2013
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This little book is a charmer, full of stories from South Park accompanied by simple analyses that point out the libertarian world view and principles that apply without any muss or fuss. For someone like myself, who has only seen a few complete episodes of South Park, the recounting of these representative stories is a complete joy. For example, take the episode entitled "Douche and Turd" where a school mascot has died. Kyle wants everyone to write in Giant Douche, while Cartman wants the write-in candidate to be Turd Sandwich. Giant Douche and Turd Sandwich proceed to debate each other in a presidential style debate format, each telling the audience why he stinks far less than the other.

I had never seen this episode, and I practically rolled on the floor laughing at the resemblance to real life and the two-party system: it's so much the choice voters face between a Giant Douche on the one hand and a Turd Sandwich on the other. Simpson does a fine job of describing the two-party system and his view: "After my six-month stay in France, I didn't want to vote for Democrats anymore, since I no longer agreed with their economic policies. But I didn't want to vote for Republicans because they were socially intolerant. I eventually discovered the Libertarian Party." And Simpson gives an clean picture of what the LP represents, without going overboard on its behalf.

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If you have a friend who is confused about what freedom really is, particularly a liberal who typically likes to APPEAR to be interested in ideas, hand him this little book. The combination of humor and the no-holds-barred, stark statements of the way things really are will be a challenge for him. But he will be obliged to come to his own conclusions in a lighter and nonjudgmental frame of mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john G. - on May 15, 2014
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Did you ever wonder if there was a deeper meaning to South Park? Brandon Simpson takes you on a journey through different episodes of South Park while teaching Libertarianism. If you're a fan of South Park you will remember the episode Simpson shows in compelling clarity how and why the Libertarian's creed is ever present. It's a brilliant take on South Park and a fantastic way of learning the Libertarian philosophy of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stacie whitaker on May 5, 2014
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This was a fast read. No idea when I first watched Matt stone and Trey Parker animated show south park that there were so many libertarian ideals in it.

Even with the first few episode examples it was so obvious. Great book. Highly recomend list.
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