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False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton Paperback – May 17, 2016
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“This book isn’t just a feminist indictment of Hillary Clinton … It’s an indictment of a left that has failed to reckon with capitalism’s dark side.”
—Amanda Erickson, Washington Post
“This collection of essays deconstructs Hillary’s problematic history as a candidate who professes to be a feminist but whose policies have been pretty straight garbage for the nation’s vulnerable since the start.”
—Holly Wood, Medium
“A feminist critique of a feminist candidate … Devastating.″
“Intensely engrossing for Hillary Clinton’s left-wing opponents—and for left-leaning readers still on the fence … The powerfully critical essays reject the ‘ruling class feminism’ of Clinton in favor of a ‘left feminism rooted in an understanding of women’s material conditions’ … A damning portrait of both Clinton and American politics.”
“A refreshing read with a defiant tone [that] pulls no punches when it comes to the Clinton record, from the time she entered the corporate and political world up until her work as Obama’s secretary of state…This book will give you the confidence to say: not in our name … The authors who contributed to False Choices provide us plenty of good company in the battles ahead.”
—Leia Petty, Socialist Worker
“False Choices is a good reminder of all of the ways, through a long political career, Clinton has valued power over justice … As False Choices makes clear, this election is not a progressive advancement, it is simply more of the same.”
—Jessa Crispin, The Smart Set
About the Author
Liza Featherstone writes often about feminism and economic justice. She is a contributing writer to the Nation and the magazine’s first-ever advice columnist. Also a columnist for amNY, Featherstone has published in many national publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Ms., Glamour, Teen Vogue, and the Women’s Review of Books. She is the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart and is finishing a history of the focus group. She teaches journalism at both New York University and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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The 2016 national election will in fact be the 14th presidential contest in which I’ve voted (my first was 1960, and yes, I voted for JFK). Further, I have not missed any mid-term elections in that time frame. I have not been actively involved in partisan politics, however, because of an awareness that the major political parties at the national level are not where the real action for social justice is taking place. In addition, since Vietnam, I’ve become increasingly disenchanted with the ongoing imperialistic militarism that has pervaded our cultural ethos. I have become convinced that “just war” is an oxymoron, and that all of the US interventions since WWII are greed-and/or-fear-motivated adventurism.
Still, since the turn of the millennium and the abominations of the Bush-Cheney regime, it has been impossible to avoid increasing alarm at the resurgence of fascism as the right-wing extremists have taken over Congress. The dim hope that Obama would somehow not only avoid assassination, but also be able to actually reverse that neocon militaristic adventurism, make meaningful changes in economic injustices, and counteract massive environmental rape perpetrated by the greed of the fossil fuel oligarchs, has of course been dashed. It seems that the price for not only continuing to live, but to gain a second term, has indeed been to not expose the neocon military-industrial complex for what it is.
This brings me to the current race, and this book of essays. Most – I would probably be correct in saying all – of the authors, despite Clinton’s well-documented lack of authentic feminist credentials, would prefer to see her elected than the potential GOP opponent. There is a clear understanding that at this moment in history, actual fascism is a real possibility. However, if Clinton DOES succeed in achieving the Democratic nomination, it is the consensus that those who may vote for her if only because “it’s time” for the US to at last elect a female chief executive dare not rest on their laurels and assume that somehow a female Commander in Chief will in any way support a genuine feminist agenda of peace, ecological responsibility, and economic justice.
One other thing, I believe, makes this book extremely valuable. Rather than relying on the mass media, sound-bite criticisms being put forward by Clinton’s opponents (what she should have done about Benghazi, what was really in those e-mails), most of which are of the dog-whistle, red-herring variety, it deals explicitly and in detail with the facts of public record concerning policies she has supported or opposed from the time she was First Lady of Arkansas up through her stint as Secretary of State. For those much younger than I, this provides a valuable historical perspective. Even for me, it serves as a cogent reminder of how extensive Clinton’s involvement in the imperialist stance of the ruling oligarchy of the US was, is, and is likely to remain.
This book was written by several different authors at different times for different purposes, so it really is a mixed bag. The essays weren’t necessarily coordinated in advance, so there is some repeated information, and some of the writers seem to meander around their topic without really getting to the point of connecting Hillary to the issues they are writing about (the one on Hillary and abortion, for instance could have been much clearer). But overall the essays are well written and deliver their message, but, as I said, I’m already singing in the choir. I’m not sure how convincing any skeptical readers would find this book as a whole, although certain topics are devastating.
The book opens with a fictionalized play of two lesbian partners watching a Sanders-Clinton debate. While it’s not exactly high-quality literature, it is probably the most succinct place to find all the supporting information for why Hillary isn’t really a feminist from pro-Bernie partner Laura.
Following a brief introduction and overview, there are thirteen chapters covering various aspects of Hillary’s career, her populist persona and her policies and actions in office. The various essays focus on everything from Hillary’s support for Bill’s policies like welfare “reform” to her own role in pushing for intervention in Libya. The first part of the book focuses on Hillary at home and how her domestic policies (and her husband’s policies, which, for all practical purposes, are her policies) have been, at best, tepid for women and children, including a look at her relationship with the Children’s Defense Fund, her belief in the power of the market to end poverty, her on-going war on teachers, the carceral state and the war on drugs. The second section focuses on Hillary and foreign policy, such as her failure to support sex workers (despite her rhetoric), a detailed look at her disastrous support for a right-wing coup in Honduras and her general warmongering.
This is an important book for the historical record, but I don’t know how much it will accomplish this election season. As noted, it’s a bit late to get it into enough hands to make a difference before primary season ends. As things stand now, Hillary is the likely Democratic nominee. Assuming she can beat Trump, I don’t know how much we can do to stop her once she’s in the Oval Office. She’s not exactly known for her willingness to listen, plus she’ll be amply defended by her leagues of supporters who insist that she is indeed a progressive and a feminist.
As a final note, I read an advanced readers copy of this book and there are a couple of rather glaring issues that I hope will be corrected in the final. In one place Gramm-Leach-Bliley gets mixed up with Glass-Steagall (Gramm-Leach-Bliley was the law that repealed the part of the Glass-Steagall Act that separated commercial banks from investment firms). At another place Temporary Assistance for Needy Children gets mixed up with Aid for Dependent Children (again, TANF is what replaced actual welfare, which was AFDC). And finally there is a misspelling of Frederick Douglass’ name. It would be most unfortunate if these errors made it into the final version as it might seem that the authors don’t know what they’re talking about.