TheDC Book Review: Ted Rall’s ‘Anti-American Manifesto’

Last Monday, cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall told MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan that the revolution is nigh. “A war is coming,” Rall warned. “Are you going to fight back? Will you do whatever it takes, including taking up arms?”

Rall was promoting his new book, “The Anti-American Manifesto,” and if you think his questions seem a little over the top, you’re likely one of “them” — a group Rall defines as “reactionary, stupid, overpaid, greedy, shortsighted, explicative, power-mad, abusive politicians and corporate executives.”

The “Anti-American Manifesto” is a relentless and unfiltered condemnation of the corrupt capitalist husk currently known as the United States of America. The book is unwavering in its message: The country is dead and rotting thanks to Them and We must rise up and burn what’s left of the corpse in a violent revolution.

America-to-Nazi-Germany comparisons abound. There’s also nostalgia for the bloody French Revolution; warm words for Lenin; an uncomfortably tepid take-down of 9/11 truthers; and the positive examples of China’s “local block cadres” keeping an eye on fellow citizens’ every move.

Which isn’t to say there’s nothing for conservatives in “The Anti-American Manifesto.” Rall berates limp-wristed liberals for their pacifism, mocks Michael Moore and calls Obama a failure. The primal scream runs 278 pages. There are no pictures and few cartoons. It’s a tough slog.

As a service to The Daily Caller’s readers, we’ve assembled a condensed version of “The Anti-American Manifesto,” coupling words from the book with a medium Rall knows well: cartoons.