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Blue in a Red State : A Survival Guide to Life in the Real America (Hardcover) (Justin Krebs)

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Imagine if you felt out of step with every other member of the parent association at your kid’s school, your quilting circle, or even your workout group. What if casual conversations revolved around Fox News and the decline of American values? How would you feel if you were afraid to put a political bumper sticker on your car or had to think twice about what liberal posts you liked on Facebook? These are just some of the experiences shared by liberals across twenty states and five time zones who tell their stories with honesty, warmth, and humor.Most of us have to talk across the aisle” once or twice a year—when we’re seated next to our conservative out-of-town uncle at Thanksgiving, say. But millions of self- identified liberals live in cities and towns—particularly away from the East and West Coasts—where they are regularly outnumbered and outvoted by conservatives.In this uplifting and completely original book, Justin Krebs, the founder of the national Living Liberally network, speaks with and tells the stories of atheists, vegetarians, environmentalists, pacifists, and old-fashioned liberals—a term he is intent on rehabilitating—from Texas to Idaho, South Carolina to Alaska. Krebs weaves these stories together to create a provocative and rollicking taxonomy of strategies for living in a diverse society, with lessons for every participant in our great democratic experiment.
Once a mainstay of political discourse, the word "liberal" has come under attack as radical or un-American. Justin Krebs knows better. As the founder of the national network of political social communities known as Drinking Liberally, he has imbibed and engaged with liberals across the country, including in America's most conservative corners. Drawing upon this store of collective wisdom, he issues this an unapologetic defense of liberalism and bold redefinition of what it means to be a liberal in America today. To be a liberal, he argues, is to embrace a core value: that we?re better off when we live for each other than when we live for ourselves alone. This central tenet knits together a diverse community of Americans around the country and animates the liberal agenda on issues as varying as civil rights, climate change, the federal budget, and international affairs.

This vision of liberalism is also particularly well-suited for the challenges of the 21st century. Krebs lays out a political philosophy that will connect to a rising generation of Americans as they confront today's challenges.Thinking Liberally will bring political newcomers to a modern, attractive concept of liberalism, and will bring the liberal community in America out of the closet to find that we are not alone.
Number of Pages: 184
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Civics + Citizenship, Political Ideologies / Democracy, Political Ideologies / Conservatism + Liberalism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Justin Krebs
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 2016
TCIN: 17003577
UPC: 9781595589729
Item Number (DPCI): 247-44-2810
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