I'll be introducing him tonight…

The New Press Invites You To:

Sasha Abramsky will read from his new book

CONNED: How Millions Went to Prison and Lost the Vote

Bluestockings Books
172 Allen Street, NYC
(between Stanton and Rivington)

-Saturday, April 29, 7pm-

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Bluestockings Books, Fair Trade CafZ, and Activist Center

CONNED: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House is Published by The New Press. For more information visit www.thenewpress.com and www.connedthebook.com

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  1. Hi, I heard Professor Miller on C-span this morning talking about his book. I liked some of what he had to say, but think some if it is quite exagerated. I was interested in his idea of certain groups feeling “irrationally persecuted” – he mentions the neo-cons, Al Quaida, Hitler, Christians and others as examples of people with a dangerous “irrational paranoia”. At the same time he talks about “homophobes” and “anti-feminists”. It seems he feels that gays and feminists are validly entitled to their own sense of “persecution”. My question to him is this: who gets to decide which groups have a valid and rational belief that they are being persecuted, and which groups have only an irrational belief that they are being persecuted?

  2. I, too, saw Mark’s talk this morning on C-span, and was very impressed with his work. To answer the question of who can claim victimhood, I would agree with his characterization of Hitler and Al Qaeda. As far as Feminists and Homosexuals are concerned, there are centuries of hard data documenting systematic discrimination and persecution of both women and gays. Likewise non-whites. In THIS country, as opposed to historical study (in other words, the shenanigans of the Romans notwithstanding), there is precious little data to support that Christians have been persecuted here on the basis of their faith. The current backlash agains Evangelicals is due to the political power they wield in putting extremists like Bush and Cheney in office. Also, many more mainline Christians (who make up the vast majority of Americans, but the way), are offended by the co-opting of Jesus Christ by the extreme right for political gain. Hope this helps to clarify the issue from the perspective of a Progressive Christian Feminist !

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