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Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland Paperback – September 1, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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bastion of reactionary ignorance so many establishment liberals make it out to be. North Dakota and Montana are shown to have a strong populist, even radical, strain. Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by hailzoidberg
I thought this book would be more centered and neutral than it was. It is incredibly liberal, and trashes "Red State Voters", while glorifying so called lefty rebels. Read morePublished on February 22, 2009 by Tyler Andrews