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The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks, and White Trash Became America's Scapegoats Paperback – May 5, 1998
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Three years before the publication of The Redneck Manifesto, Jim Goad was self-releasing the magazine ANSWER Me! on his own press, Goad to Hell Publications (who also published Peter Sotos' first collection, one of the only books I know of that was actively suppressed before being challenged through official channels), and standing trial for obscenity for issue #4. Fast-forward to 1997, and he's getting a hardback first-printing for a book I wouldn't have thought a major publisher would touch with a ten-foot pole.
Maybe there IS some small hope for the world.
That, ultimately, is what The Redneck Manifesto is about-- hope. Most people probably won't figure that out from reading it, though.
The Redneck Manifesto is a two-hundred-fifty page rant, I grant you, but it is a savagely intelligent, well-researched, and downright laugh-out-loud funny rant, and like all the best rants throughout history, it has at its core both a simple truth, that the redneck is the last subsection of American society against which it's permissible to be prejudiced, and a solution to that truth, which in this case is that the rednecks, and the people who oppress the rednecks, have a common enemy who has manipulated them into being enemies.
This is nothing new, of course. The power elite have been manipulating segments of the great unwashed against each other throughout human history. They're still doing it. (The Israelis and the Palestinians, anyone? The Orange Irish and the Green Irish? Shiites and Sunnis? The Tutsi and the Hutu? We could keep going like this all day.)
Goad has a plan to get everyone clear-headed, but to say it's confrontational would be understating the case somewhat.Read more ›
Goad reduces the ills of poor white trash to one simple formula: economic exploitation by the wealthy. Goad believes that the rich, throughout history, have consistently played off classes against each other in order to maintain their privileged status. The recent black vs. white warfare is just the latest incarnation of this exploitation. Goad disproves the widespread belief that blacks suffered alone. The majority of whites in America got here as indentured servants, many of whom were kidnapped and tossed on a boat against their will. America also served as a dumping ground for poor white criminals. The indentured servants were often treated worse than black slaves. Owners of indentured servants knew that they only had a limited amount of time to exploit these white slaves, so they worked them to a frazzle. Goad cites statistic after statistic to show that the vast majority of whites had it as bad, if not worse, than blacks.
Most of the book concerns razor sharp insights into white trash values. Goad looks at Elvis, Bigfoot and snake hugging Christians and sees within them new religions of the trash class.Read more ›
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If you like Jim Goad's writing style you'll like it. It's not for everyone, but it was a good read for me.Published 15 days ago by W. Miller
Prophetic, brilliant, written like Johnny Rotten with literary chops. Goad sneers, snarls and generally busts up the over decorated joint that modern Prog America has become. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Douglas Hardee
Racism as classism - the white perspective on how the elite are dividing and conquering. I love this book and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in sociology and broadening... Read morePublished 1 month ago by m.m.harris
Just finished reading it. This is one of the best books I have read in decades. The author makes many very good points. He can also be quite hilarious. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Mundell
It very well explained to me who I am and why I am like that. Can't ask for more from a book.Published 5 months ago by Mac Buddha
Wow!! What an eye-opener! A clearly well-researched book..Published 5 months ago by Conservative with liberal leanings
Book is most topical now than ever. I'm tired of journalists re-righting history and revealing all the facts. There is enough blame to include everyone. Not just southern whites. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer