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Bumper Sticker Liberalism: Peeling Back the Idiocies of the Political Left Paperback – July 10, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Modern American liberalism is no longer a system of beliefs about the role of government, the conduct of international relations, or the nature of personal responsibility. Rather, it has become a series of bumper stickers—actual bumper stickers that signal mental bumper stickers. They don't make sense individually. They don't make sense in concert. But if you peel them away, one by one, from the foreheads of liberals, there's nothing underneath.
Clever, pithy, often nasty, and altogether unexamined, the liberal bumper sticker is, in fact, the perfect antidote to critical thought. It's an argumentative marker, a gauntlet thrown down from the sanctuary of the driver's seat. You don't have to defend your ideas with your pedal to the metal. Your bumper sticker says, in effect, "This is how I roll."
Insightful and irreverent in just the right way, Bumper Sticker Liberalism takes on, and takes apart, the cozy cognitive knee jerks of actual liberal bumper stickers—on topics ranging from race relations to the nanny state, from global warming to tax policy, from war and peace to Bush Derangement Syndrome.
About the Author
Mark Goldblatt is a widely published columnist, essayist, and philosopher. He is the author of two novels, Africa Speaks and Sloth. He teaches religious history and developmental English at Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
Speaking on the liberal idea that most conservative men want to keep women "limited to domestic chores," he says, ". . . this is no more true than the suggestion that every red-blooded liberal male harbors a secret fantasy to get into Sarah Palin's pants . . .which is ridiculous, given that the vast majority of gay men are liberals and thus have no interest in getting into Sarah Palin's pants, except perhaps in the most literal sense." Yes, provocative, even infuriating, but certainly funny. Humor is important to Goldblatt because taking ourselves too seriously-liberal or conservative--can be dangerous.
So even though I usually don't-no even though I never read books by Conservatives attacking Liberals, I have to admit-though I did get provoked at times-even angry-probably because I had to admit sometimes the author had a point--that I read this one with a smile on my face.
But don't let the seriousness of that last comment dissuade you from purchasing this book. Goldblatt's writing is superb and extremely smart, but he is also hilarious. Everyone who reads this book will enjoy it and take something different away from it. I thought that it was refreshing to read arguments that were so calm and well-crafted. This is so often not the case with books that are packaged like this one is. Too often political commentary is simply exclamation point-laden hysteria. Personally, I don't care if a writer shares my political viewpoint; if his or her arguments are shoddy, I'm turned off.
Goldblatt also makes you think (calmly and rationally) about things that may not have occurred to you, however you identify yourself. I would think that would be valuable regardless, because if you are a committed liberal, there are logical problems that need to be addressed--that have real world consequences. As a conservative, I want the same thing from a critique of conservatism or capitalism. It's the only way to have intelligent debate.
Buy it; it's well worth it.