Tuesday, April 13, 2004
News flash: Conservatives do not like MoveOn.org's 50 Ways to Love Your Country, and they're prepared to write pissy reader reviews on Amazon.com to show it. Take that, you ... you ... active citizens! The book is designed as a nuts-and-bolts manual for the type of person columnist Molly Ivins calls "little-d democrats" -- that is, regular folks who want their voices heard regarding small, medium, and large governmental decisions. Does that make the authors socialists? We think not. Funnily enough, even a few conservatives have pointed out on Amazon's Web site that petitioning, voting, and otherwise communicating with one's elected officials (as outlined in the volume) benefits everyone who does so, regardless of his political views. Joan Blades, MoveOn.org's co-founder, reads from 50 Waysthis evening. Maybe she'll hand out some of that Moscow gold, starting at 7 at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Turk), S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6670 or visit www.bookstore.com.
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