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New Book Club For US-Hating Propaganda

From the books section of the "paper of treason," the New York Times:

A Book Club Courts Liberals

Published: June 16, 2008

The progressive movement has prided itself on its ability to get its messages out by harnessing the Internet, through organizations like MoveOn.org and blogs like Daily Kos or The Huffington Post.

But now a liberal-minded group is returning to an old-fashioned model: a book club…

The brainchild of Elizabeth Wagley, a former fund-raiser and communications adviser for nonprofit groups including Doctors of the World, the Progressive Book Club is trying to update the paradigm of such familiar institutions as the Book-of-the-Month Club, as well as the 44-year-old Conservative Book Club.

Ms. Wagley said that she believed the new book club would fill a void for progressively minded readers. “The right has always understood the power of ideas, the power of books as legitimizers of ideas,” she said. “I see the opportunity with the book-club structure to create a powerful tool to showcase the ideas of the left.”

As with a classic book club, members of the new club will be offered a slate of books each month, reviewed and chosen by a panel that includes the novelists Michael Chabon, Erica Jong and Barbara Kingsolver; John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress; Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine; and Todd Gitlin, the author and a journalism and sociology professor at Columbia University.

The first lead selection is “The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker” by Steven Greenhouse, a reporter at The New York Times. Other offerings for June include “Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy” by Jeffrey Feldman, and “Mudbound,” a debut novel by Hillary Jordan. The club will also offer about 200 older titles like “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine and “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson

To make buyers feel as if they are contributing to something more than book sales, club members can designate one of 33 organizations to receive $2 from any book that a member buys at regular club prices above $10. Participating organizations, which will also advertise the Progressive Book Club on their Web sites and help recruit members, include the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law; the Foundation for National Progress, which publishes Mother Jones magazine; and the Wellstone Action Fund.

Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, publisher and founder of Kos Media, which publishes the Daily Kos blog and is one of the book club’s “alliance partners,” said he did not expect the club to generate much revenue for his company. “I’m not doing this for financial reasons,” he said. “I’m doing it for movement-building reasons.”

Some in the publishing industry questioned whether liberals need a specific book club. Voicing an oft-repeated maxim, David Rosenthal, publisher of Simon & Schuster, said, “One might say the entire book industry is largely a progressive book group.”

No kidding, Mr. Rosenthal.

Of course anyone who ventures into any bookstore in America can see it for themselves.

Or, better yet, try to publish something that is "non-progressive" and see how far you get.

In the long history of our country freedom of political thought has never been so controlled as is it right now.

But just look at the Progressive Book Club’s "featured partners":

The left, and their heroes like the would-be book burners at Media Matters and Markos "screw them" Zuniga, and the terrorist fundraisers at Code Pink never stop.

They put their ancestors, the propagandists for the Soviets and the Nazis, to shame.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 16th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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