"Banana Republicans -- How the Right Wing is Turning America into a One-Party State" by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber; 264 pages, Tarcher/Penguin Books (2004 Paperback).
"Politics is war conducted by other means." -- Republican uber-conservative David Horowitz rolling out the old-as-new Republican strategy in 2000 ("Bananas" p3) and explaining that opponents are not to be viewed as mere proponents of alternative political ideologies, but instead as enemies that must be "destroyed", not merely defeated. Democrats, on the other hand, responded by timidly continuing to pursue "politics as usual", and received an inevitable ass-whupping as a result.
The authors carefully trace, and doggedly document, the origins and evolution of modern extremist Republicanism, including a description of some of the same election-rigging techniques used to steal the last presidential election, as recently shown by investigative journalists like Greg Palast. It is a great foundational primer and introduction to our current circle of conservative Hell. . .
* Introduction: The War at Home
* Chapter 1: The Marketplace of Ideas
* Chapter 2: The Echo Chamber
* Chapter 3: The One-Party State
* Chapter 4: Pumping Irony
* Chapter 5: Block the Vote
* Chapter 6: Traitor Baiters
* Conclusion: The Three-Banana Problem
Excellent, Like New, Condition with almost no wear.
GREAT reading while scarfing down peetzahs and beers...I mean Cokes. Please don't toss the empty bottles at your neighbors.
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