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book review: 50 AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW – Reclaiming American Patriotism

50 AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW - Reclaiming American Patriotism

50 AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW

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50 AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW – Reclaiming American Patriotism

“My country, right or wrong!”

Reviewed by Bob Yunger

50 AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW – Reclaiming American Patriotism, by Mickey Z, 155 pages, 5×5” paperback, from Disinformation

Many years ago I read Kurt Vonnegut’s words that he thought it was absurd for anyone to accuse someone of being un-American, because, after all, would you ever say a German was un-German, or a Frenchman was un-French? That was the general gist of it. Which brings us to another abstract concept: when someone says the phrase, “My country, right or wrong,” what comes to mind for you? Is it an automatic defense of any behavior as long as patriotism is the motive? Or does it mean something else? Does bigoted and immoral zealots wrapping their greed and hatred with the flag fill you with contempt and make you want to do something to stop it and change your country into something it can be that’s better than that? If so, good. Then you’re the real patriot. This book, published at the height of the Iraq/Afghan War in 2005 when George W was in his second term covers revolutionary events from Thomas Paine publishing Common Sense to “The Battle In Seattle” and the families of 9-11 victims saying “no” to revenge. A current update of this book might have Ron Paul and the Tea Party movement, Wikileak’s collaborator Bradley Manning story and Edward Snowden’s revelation of Federal domestic spying. Because, like Adolf Hitler appearing on the January 2, 1939, cover of Time as “Man Of The Year,” even if you don’t agree with the ideology, the significance of their acts are revolutionary. [disinfo.com] ~BY

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