Tuesday, November 13, 2012

For My Right-Wing, Republican Friends

A week after the election, I'm sure you have come to the realization that your right-wing ideology is not going to work very well in a national election. You can fool people in less educated states, but that just is not going to cut it. So I'm here to help you. Here is a list of the best books you can read when you consider becoming a liberal. I realize it will be tough for you in the beginning, but you will soon catch on: Instead of right you will be left; instead of anti-choice, you will be pro-choice; instead of retrogressive you will be progressive; instead of racist, you will be inclusive; instead of hawks you will be doves; and so on and so forth. You'll eventually get it. The list:
  1. A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
  2. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
  3. The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels
  4. Working, and Race, by Studs Terkel
  5. Intellectual Origin of American Radicalism, by Staughton Lynd
  6. Labor's Untold Story, by Richard Boyer and Herbert Morais
  7. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
  8. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
  9. The Liberal Imagination, by Lionel Trilling
  10. The Affluent Society, by Jjohn Kenneth Galbraith
It will take you a while, but one day the light-bulb will go on. By 2016, you'll thank me.

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