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Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse [Deckle Edge] [Paperback]

Warren Kinsella
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Book Description

Oct. 2 2012
Everywhere you look, these days, Conservatives are winning elections. No matter where you look, the story is the same: white, angry men on the Right are winning power. The Left, meanwhile, is divided and dispirited, and rapidly losing ground. Fight the Right is a handbook on how to survive the nasty, brutish and short-sighted era in which we find ourselves and is designed to help progressives better understand their conservative adversary, and ultimately defeat conservatives wherever the battle is taking shape. It's a manual on how conservatives have appropriated language and values, and how progressives can take both back. Written in a fun, accessible, style, Fight the Right will appeal to those about to launch an advocacy effort, as well as those who are simply curious about how (and if) the Right thinks. It is chock full of war stories and not-so-tall tales about winning progressive campaigns, from everyone from Jean Chretien to Bobby Kennedy, Jr., and it will argue--forcefully--that a United Right can't be defeated until a United Left emerges. Wherever conservative power-brokers are hurting average citizens and hard-working families, Fight the Right will provide a tested road map on how to beat the bullies.

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"Kinsella is a modern-day Machiavelli.... He's the ultimate political insider."
—The Toronto Sun

"Kinsella writes in a quick-paced, animated, highly accessible style."
—The Globe and Mail

“Kinsella doesn’t pull any punches…. Fight the Right…provide[s] readers with a glimpse into the kinds of strategies that have made Conservatives successful and lay out a credible roadmap for progressive forces to regain power.”
—iPolitics
 
“First, he deserves credit for writing this book, period…. We need to air ideas and strategies, to nominate, debate, discard and to choose. And, we’ll not get there without more public efforts like Kinsella’s…. Second, he is absolutely on the money regarding the need for the Liberals and the NDP to embrace math and to realize that as long as they divide the progressive vote, the Conservatives will build a dynasty…. Finally, Kinsella’s book is at its best when it does what he does best—giving specific election advice…. Progressive politicians should take Kinsella’s advice about authenticity, simplicity and speaking to the heart.”
—The Huffington Post Canada

About the Author

WARREN KINSELLA is a lawyer, pundit, political consultant, and a newspaper and magazine columnist. He is the author of The War Room and the bestselling Web of Hate. He lives in Toronto, is a dad to four amazing kids, still plays in a punk band and is the president and founder of the Daisy Group, a political consulting group.


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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I was looking forward to reading Warren Kinsella's new book "Fight the Right." Kinsella is an "all in" kind of guy, meaning when he has an opinion, he goes all in on supporting it. The theme of "Fight the Right" while cliched and doctrinaire, was nonetheless intriguing. And when Kinsella is good, he can be very interesting.

The marketing and the outside of the book is excellent - clear, provocative, passionate - just what I was expecting from the book itself.

The book, itself, is a real disappointment.

Kinsella is a great practitioner of political strategy. As a political philosopher, however, he sucks.

Unfortunately, this book is about Kinsella's political philosophy. It is a total failure.

There is no guide or practical part to this book. So it is very misleading to think that by reading this book you will get any sort of "manual" especially to the unexplained "Coming Conservative Apocalypse". That subtitle is misleading.

The book is a series of meandering riffs.

Kinsella seems completely unaware of his own pride and intellectual incoherence. The book tries (and fails) to give the reader what is best described as a marvel comics view of politics. To sum it up, the left - "progressives" - good and moral, the right, racist and greedy, immoral and bad.

Anyone on the right, it turns out, has some sort of moral failing. On the left, they are generous saintly martyrs for the common good.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIt the nail right on the head Dec 16 2012
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Sometimes the truth hurts .
You may dissagree with his interpretation of the Conservative politician , but I don't .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How the Liberals Will Lose the Next Election Oct. 21 2012
By Victor Wong - Published on Amazon.com
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One of Warren Kinsella's biggest problems is that he is a hyper-partisan Liberal, an acolyte of Jean Chrétien who either "takes no prisoners" or likes to throw stink bombs on general principles, depending on your viewpoint. This means he's incapable of describing Canada's conservative movement in anything resembling neutral terms, unless (and this is critical) he talks about their tactics in winning elections. He argues that conservatives have captured the ability to speak to the values of mainstream Canadians, something Liberals and progressives have somehow lost; *how* the Left lost that ability, he's somehow not able to address, which is a definite weakness. The result is a good (if obvious) diagnosis of the Left's problems, but with no real prescription for their malaise other than "we must do something instead of nothing."
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I borrowed it from the library instead of purchasing. Good thing. March 18 2013
By Allen Paley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I borrowed this book from the library so as not to put money into the pockets of the author. My desire to read this book is simply to peek at a playbook of the opposing side.

Before I begin this review, I'll leave you with a quote from the author's blog to help characterize him. This message was directed at a heritage group:
"Don't try and post here. I won't approve your comments.
I'm sick of you. I detest you. I don't want to hear from you. No sane person wants to hear from you.
You're a variant on al-Qaeda, and you're too deranged to realize it.
Go to Hell, where the likes of you belong."

The author seems to have desperately wanted to put on airs of toughness with the aesthetics of this book, from the pseudo-stencil graffiti font of the title, to the pre-tattered and uneven page edges. The illusion attempted here, I suppose, is that the book is supposed to look like it has seen many hard miles in the messenger bag of a modern progressive revolutionary, ever there as a seminal go-to political bible that just might save your life in a conservo-fascist tear gas attack. You will also notice that each time you see the letter R capitalized, it has an elongated tail, almost as though it was the "prescription" glyph.

Looking beyond the poser-ish exterior, let's examine the content. The author starts each chapter with an italicized snippet which appears to be an attempt at emulating a quote from an archaic book of scientific lore, with fake latin and everything. The author seems to get bored of his own little schtick by the later chapters. For that matter, so had I.

You might find that the chapter titles are a bit misleading. The chapter entitled "How to Identify a Conservative" is far from accurate. This is the chapter where the author tittilates his progressive readers with plenty of derogatory descriptions of conservatives; as ignorant mouth-breathing bigots who hate arts and culture, resentful of the progressives for their "book-learnin". Although this chapter may be effective as a nice little written pep rally, it offers nothing for the 'outsider' audience, apart from a sense of wasted time and a clearer picture of the contempt espoused by the left for people of opposing viewpoints.

The following chapters are a completely unremarkable string of name-droppings, endless asinine anecdotes, and conspicuous self-inclusion. The reader can safely skip the middle chapters if he can mouth the following words: "Yes, Mr. Kinsella, we get it: You were a somebody, back when your colleagues were figures of significance."

Let's have a little browse at the last two chapters. Let's pay particular attention to this section of the book, because the final chapter throws down a gauntlet: "HOW TO FIGHT THE RIGHT (AND KICK ASS). Ooooohhhh... Wow.... this has got to be good! I mean, after all, someone compared him to a modern day machiavelli! Well, I'll summarize the conclusion;

In 1964 L. B. Johnson was running against Goldwater in the US presidential election. Johnson was getting spanked. He had a dude put together a television advertisement known as "Daisy", in which the message is "Vote for Johnson or we all die in a nuclear apocalypse". Johnson won. Kinsella spends the sunset of his book vaunting and venerating the cat that whipped this advertisement together. Kinsella's conclusion is this: Since appealing to the voter's mind is a losing tactic for the progressives, the only arrow left in the quiver is to appeal to the voter's emotion and scare him or her.

For an example of this magic bullet in action, do a youtube search for "The True Nature of the Harper Government", and see the PSAC's modern take on "Daisy" as per doctor Kinsella's prescription.

If you've read this entire review, you could really skip the book, unless you have an affinity for long drawn-out explanations of why the publication of a picture of Jean Chretien on water skis was the penultimate and crucial moment in Canadian politics. Seriously, you could save yourself 80 minutes of reading, and instead go have an incredulous laugh at the libta-... progressives on rabble.ca
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool March 19 2013
By Libby Tardalo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was perfect for me.
I didn't read it of course; I stopped needing pedants to spoon-feed me what I should think and do when I learned that words are sometimes just sounds filling an otherwise welcome silence.
But, if you're looking for a good firestarter, this book is for you!
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Progressives in Canada Feb. 7 2013
By Fred Faust - Published on Amazon.com
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Kinsella's easy-to-read, informal style is combined with solid advice that liberals, and Liberals, should take to heart if they want to defeat Stephen Harper. Like George Lakoff in the U.S., Kinsella brings a needed dose of reality to the plight of progressives.
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