Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America

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Penguin, 2008 - Political Science - 401 pages
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The bestselling author demolishes myths about liberalism in a spirited polemic

Thanks to the machinations of the right, there is no dirtier word in American politics today than “liberal”—yet public opinion polls consistently show that the majority of Americans hold liberal views on everything from health care to foreign policy. In this feisty, accessible primer, bestselling author Eric Alterman sets out to restore liberalism to its rightful honored place in our political life as the politics of America's everyday citizens.

In Why We're Liberals Alterman examines liberalism's development and demonstrates how its partisans have come to represent not just the mainstream, but also the majority of Americans today. In a crisply argued though extensively documented counterattack on right-wing spin and misinformation, Alterman briskly disposes of such canards as “Liberals Hate God” and “Liberals Are Soft on Terrorism,” reclaiming liberalism from the false definitions foisted upon it by the right and repeated everywhere else. Why We're Liberals brings clarity and perspective to what has often been a one-sided debate for nothing less than the heart and soul of America. Why We're Liberals is the perfect election-year book for all of those ready to fight back against the conservative mud-slinging machine and claim their voice in the political debate.
  

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Review: Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

The first half of this book was really good - great history of the rise of the liberal and conservative movements, a good perspective on the Bush years (this was published in 2008). So much so, that I ... Read full review

Review: Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America

User Review  - Tony Garringer - Goodreads

A very insightful book. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LIBERAL?
19
What Do Liberals Believe Anyway?
56
What Does Liberalism Look Like?
62
So Whats the Problem?
72
AND WHY DO THEY HATE AMERICA?
129
Why Do Liberals Always Blame America First?
159
Why Are Liberals So Damn Elitist?
168
Why Do Liberals Hate the Jews?
245
Why Are Liberals So Contemptuous of Individual Freedom?
261
Why Do Liberals Love Activist Judges?
265
When Will Liberals Stop Crying Racism at Every Opportunity?
270
Why Are Liberals So Soft on Americas Enemies?
281
Why Do Liberals Love to Tax and Spend?
294
Dont Conservatives Do a Better Job of Promoting Economic Growth Than Liberals?
308
But Why Are Liberals So Nasty?
310

Why Do Liberals Love Hollywood Smut Peddlers?
179
When Will Liberals Stop Undermining Americas Values and Poisoning the Minds of Its Youth?
186
Why Do Liberals Deny That America Was Founded as a Christian Nation?
196
Why Wont Liberals Admit That America Is Suffering from a Crisis in Moral Values?
202
If Liberals Are So PeaceLoving Why Do They Want to Murder the Unborn?
218
Why Do Liberals Believe in Marriage Only for Homosexuals?
224
Why Are Liberals Educating Our Children to Be Perverts?
229
Why Do Liberals Hate Religion?
236
Why Are Liberals Such Wimps?
319
Conclusion
325
Acknowledgments
335
Notes
337
Index
383
Jacket Key
402
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About the author (2008)

Eric Alterman is Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. A columnist for The Nation, The Forward, and The Daily Best, he is senior fellow of the Center for American Progress, the Nation Institute, and the World Policy Institute. The author of eight previous books, including the national bestseller What Liberal Media?, Alterman is the winner of the George Orwell Award, the Jack London Literary Prize, and the Mirror Award for media criticism. A graduate of Cornell, Yale, and Stanford universities, he lives with his family in Manhattan.

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