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Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of Counterpunch, the progressive Left's premier print and on-line journal. He is author of Been Brown so Long it Looked Green to Me and co-author of End Times. He has also co-edited Politics of Antisemitism, Dime's Worth of Difference, and Serpents in the Garden. Joshua Frank was born and raised in Montana. He is co-editor Dissident Voice, and is author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush (Common Courage Press, 2005). His investigative reports and columns have appeared in many publications, among them: CounterPunch, The Chicago Sun-Times, Common Dreams, Antiwar.com, and the Anderson Valley Advertiser.
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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904859844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904859840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,562,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In "Red State Rebels", we hear from a broad range of peace, environmental, Native American, anti-racist, and feminist activists working for social justice and ecological sustainability in some of the most right-wing reactionary corners of the United States (like Texas and South Carolina). A few of the book's highlights include: the brilliant essay by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on the importance of subsistence farming in the struggle against settler-colonialism, capitalism, and genocide, the exciting interview with the American Indian activist and radical scholar Ward Churchill on academic freedom, the excellent interview with the working-class environmental justice activist Diane Wilson, and the interesting interview with the Oglala Sioux reproductive rights activist Cecilia Fire Thunder. Living in a small, poor, conservative, southern town in the middle of an ultra-right-wing red state, I am extremely grateful for this thought-provoking anthology. For those of us living in the deep south or in rural America, it is proof that there are other anti-capitalist, pro-feminist, queer-positive, anti-racist activists among us. Thank you AK Press for publishing these wonderful voices of bravery, compassion, and hope!
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A thought provoking collection of essays from dedicated authors and activists across the heartland. Finally a book that dispels the myth of a homogenous population in the so called "red states." The passionately written essays document struggles we too seldom hear about in mainstream media. Moreover, the book is not written from a detached academic perspective, but rather comes directly from the source- those who are actively involved in fighting for the what the authors deem: "the essentials of life: water, food, wilderness, and human liberty." Bravo!
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If you are a 'progressive' freegan living in rural Kentucky, Red State Rebels will appeal to you. If you are, however, serious about gaining a complete perspective on the Middle American Revolution, you will be sorely disappointed. Red State Rebels is far from a holistic account of "grassroots resistance in the heartland," and was dissatisfying to this reader, who was excited by the promise of Frank and St. Clair's collection.

The title of the book is deceiving. I expected a digest of radical activity from all sides of the political spectrum, but it quickly became clear that, by "Red State Rebels," Frank and St. Clair did not mean to describe everyone fighting the national status quo within so-called red states. The essays in this book mainly describe groups and individuals fighting against the status quo in the so-called red states. Meaning, simply put, this is a book about only one shade of rebels--pacifists, environmentalists, and progressives--fighting against their classic enemies.

Aside from a brief nod to Randy Weaver and various secession movements, nary a word is spent on the colorful variety of Middle American rebels. Constitutionalists, anti-abortion protestors, Alex Jones, 9/11 truthers, militiamen, and others are conspicuously absent. Their absence is made even more conspicuous because in Frank and St. Clair's introduction, they take great pains to portray their work a focused on a non-partisan approach to the subject. "Neither of us fit in the geo-ideological matrix contrived by the mainstream political establishment," they write. "Neither do thousands of others, left, right and anarcho-libertarians, who reside in the forgotten midsection of the nation.
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