Eric Alterman demolishes myths about liberalism in the spirited polemic Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America in which his goal is to rescue liberalism from the calumnies that currently define it and thereby free Americans to embrace the label whose politics majorities of them already believe.
Alterman defines and defends liberalism, while disposing of the caricatured portrayals adopted in recent decades, particularly during the Bush years. The future, he argues, belongs to liberals- Cody's Books
Eric Alterman is distinguished professor of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and professor of journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, as well as the liberal columnist for The Nation and Altercation blogger for Media Matters for America(formerly at MSNBC.com) in Washington, DC, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he writes and edits the "Think Again" column, a senior fellow (since 1985) at the World Policy Institute at The New School in New York, and a history consultant to HBO Films.
Alterman is the author of seven books, including the national bestsellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004), and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (with Mark Green, 2004).
The others include: When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences, (2004, 2005). His Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992, 2000), won the 1992 George Orwell Award and his It Ain't No Sin to be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, 2001), won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award, and Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy, (1998).
His newest book is Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook to Post-Bush America, (2008).
When will you all take responsibility for your own part with the wars, the state of our economy and environment. Unless you make every effort to ween yourself off of as many petroleum based products as you can, you are part of the problem. I myself don't claim to do everything I can. I drove to work this morning. But I am driving a Prius. I have stopped buying products in plastic bottles whenever possible. Our cars are getting bigger. Our glutenous behavior is at an all time high. And that is prevalent on the left and right. The issues are bi-partisan people.
I find it odd that CO4E commented that when liberals are wrong that there's no way for them to make a correction. When George Bush's choices led to thousands of people dying both in war and during hurricane Katrina I have to ask, do we really believe that conservative beliefs lead to more flexible government choices?
The last few decades of conservatives/republicans has meant debt. Bill Clinton, a liberal, had a balanced budget. George Bush, a conservative, has created a massive amount of debt.