The Redneck Manifesto

The Redneck Manifesto

How Hillbillies, Hicks and White Trash Became America's Scapegoats

Book - 1998
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Culture maverick Jim Goad presents a thoroughly reasoned, darkly funny, and rampagingly angry defense of America's most maligned social group -- the cultural clan variously referred to as rednecks, hillbillies, white trash, crackers, and trailer trash. As The Redneck Manifesto boldly points out and brilliantly demonstrates, America's dirty little secret isn't racism but classism. While pouncing incessantly on racial themes, most major media are silent about America's widening class rifts, a problem that negatively affects more people of all colors than does racism. With an unmatched ability for rubbing salt in cultural wounds, Jim Goad deftly dismantles most popular American notions about race and culture and takes a sledgehammer to our delicate glass-blown popular conceptions of government, religion, media, and history.
Publisher: New York : Simon Schuster, 1998, ©1997
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9780684838649
Branch Call Number: 305.562 G573r 1998
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 11, 2018

I was led to this book by an article in the Willamette Week (see link below). Jim Goad is an author/provocateur who gained fame (or infamy) in the 90s with his signature book, "The Redneck Manifesto," and his proudly pro-white, anti-liberal politics. He attracted some high profile fans like Chuck Palahniuk and Patton Oswalt, who debated with him not too long ago. He was one of the first to revel in being politically incorrect and baiting liberals and leftists. Call him an O.G. Troll. He also was convicted of domestic abuse and spent time in jail. Originally published in 1997, this so-called manifesto (rant is more like it) has taken on a second life as a key text for the xenophobic, white supremacist, anti-democratic alt-right. The only reason I can recommend it is to get a look into the fetid basement that is the ideology of the angry white male. He makes liberal (pun intended) use of racial slurs and uses the n-word around 70 times. I believe in free speech, but this is ugly stuff and incoherent as any kind of political philosophy. Anger and racism don't really make for a political position. The irony seems to be lost on him that while he constantly mocks minorities for complaining and feeling entitled, he complains about how hard it is to be a white man and all the crappy jobs he had to work. Hell, he's not even a redneck, as he's from Pennsylvania and went to Temple.
In one of many tirades against multiculturalism and diversity, he cluelessly asks "Where it the White Community?" Well, it's called America jerk. Truly vile and hateful, but it does offer some insight into this particular mindset. You'll need a stiff drink and a shower after reading it.


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