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Alterman, journalist and proud liberal, readies his readership for the coming day when the word liberal is given a wash and rinse after being slimed by conservatives. Arguing that liberals are so downtrodden they may have forgotten who they are, Alterman provides a refresher course, explaining what liberals believe and why liberal policies are reviled, even though most people approve of their basic ideas as long as they aren’t identified as liberal. His insightful examination of so-called liberal problems (secularism, abortion, dovish foreign policy) leads into an extensive and sharp rebuttal of all the crimes attributed to liberals. In ironically entitled chapters—“Why Do Liberals Hate Patriotism?” “Why Do Liberals Blame America First?”—Alterman fights back with facts and wit. He busts myths in “Why Do Liberals Deny America Was Founded as a Christian Nation?” but he owns up to the fact that liberals do like to tax and spend (conservatives do, too, just on different things). Readers of Alterman’s What Liberal Media? (2003) will find some familiar points here, but this rock-’em, sock-’em defense effectively proves that not all liberals are wimps. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Alterman (What Liberal Media?), is an omnipresent columnist and blogger, proud to identify himself as a liberalbut, he says, many others shy away from the word because it has been corrupted by conservative political activists. Because of the clever, dishonest conservative campaign to discredit liberal programs, far too many in the electorate dismiss liberal political candidates as unpatriotic, elitist, atheistic, free-sex, reverse-racist, murderous (a.k.a. pro-choice) wimps. Alterman labors mightily to erase the myths and bury the lies pushed by antagonists such as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and others. The trouble is that defining liberalism is a difficult matter, which makes Altermans polemic anything but laser-like. Another problem is that in attacking conservatives, Alterman falls into some of the traps he attributes to them, including name calling and over-generalizing. He is persuasive, however, when he turns the tables, demonstrating that conservatives are frequently as elitist and hypocritical as they claim liberals to be. Despite the presence of George W. Bush in the White House, Alterman claims opinion polls prove overwhelmingly that the majority of Americans prefer the liberal agenda. His hope, he says, is that his book will "open the way for Americans to get the government they repeatedly say they want."
Alterman spends a lot of time clearing away the falsehoods spread by both right-wing and mainstream media figures, but the core of the book is a vigorous defense of liberalism as a credoa credo, Alterman argues persuasively, that most Americans actually subscribe to in its constituent parts. Acknowledging that liberalism is notoriously difficult to define, he nonetheless provides an extensive and nuanced analysis of its substance.
Thank you very much for this political asset to my education.Published 1 month ago by Robert W. Olsen
Alterman discusses the numerous misconceptions concerning the liberal tradition. Misconception often used by the right to demonize the left. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kenneth Buck
I found the text to be not very accurate. The founding of this country was not based on a socialist/marxist model, no matter how hard the liberals try to convince us otherwise.Published 15 months ago by Edward C. Hansohn
I felt the need to offer a review of Why We're Liberals because another reviewer took down their review. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Benjamin D. Steele
Eric Alterman (born 1960) is a journalist, blogger, and commentator, who has also written books such as Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Steven H Propp
The book spends a great deal of time chronicling the excesses of the right wing, charting their march toward extremism as of 2008. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by albarino
I saw a friend had reviewed this book, and I thought about giving it a read. However, just looking at the cover gave me pause. Dr. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by James R. McDonald
I should preface this review by stating I do not think of myself as a liberal. I don't think of myself as conservative, either, but the book I'm reviewing is about liberals so my... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by J. Lindner