March 31, 2005

News & Opinion: Nation of Rebels Review

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 5:21 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

I have been intrigued by Nation of Rebels by Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter. I have only had time to read the introduction. While looking through my new copy of Paste Magazine, I noticed they did a review. This was written by Phillip Christman:
Fallen hippies trading in their Volkswagens for SUVs. To most of us it's very emblem of a sellout, but to Canadian philosophy professors Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, authors of the provocative Nation of Rebels, it's a logical progression. The book charges that by attempting to build a counterculture through purchases of "alternative" goods (VW bugs then, Range Rovers now), political radicals have turned their backs on unsexy-but-concrete ways of fighting injustice through the legislative process, while strengthening the power of consumerism (after all, someone made money off all those piles of Adbusters issues and rebel-fashion-accessories at the bottom of their closets). Wrong as much as it's right (the authors seem to think organic food is a showoff luxury item--preserving topsoil ain't a luxury, fellas), this book deserves a careful read.

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About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.