"Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for revolution?" Dylan Radigan asked yesterday on his MSNBC show. His unequivocal reply: "The answer is obviously ‘yes.’ The only question is, 'how to do it?'”
So what kinds of abuses are we obviously going to rise up against? "Wrongful wars," "corrupt economy," "special interest industries," "the political system itself," and "gerrymandering."
"To clear our dire problems may require even more drastic solutions," he said. While introducing his cartoonist guest, Ratigan says those solutions might include "violence or at least the threat thereof":
Remember when a Republican candidate in Texas said something much more nuanced, reasoned, and constitutional but was blasted by the left?
The explanation of guest Ted Rall's new book, The Anti-American Manifesto:
In arguably the most radical book published in decades, cartoonist/columnist Ted Rall has produced the book he was always meant to write: a new manifesto for an America heading toward economic and political collapse. While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic collapse, Rall sees an opportunity. As millions of people lose their jobs and their homes, they and millions more are opening their minds to the possibility of creating a radically different form of government and economic infrastructure.
But there are dangers. As in Russia in 1991, criminals and right-wing extremists are best prepared to fill the power vacuum from a collapsing United States. The best way to stop them, Rall argues, is not collapse—but revolution. Not by other people, but by us. Not in the future, but now. While it’s still possible.