If and when revolution comes here to the U.S., what will it look like? Here's a guide for the revolutionaries of the future. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 18, 2012.
About this project
America's leading contrarian political thinker turns his attention to what comes next.
Not this fall.
After the fall. Of the U.S. government.
For 40 years Americans didn't think about politics outside the Democrats and the Republicans (and maybe a Third Party). Now that's changed. Politics are in the streets. Where they belong.
Now people are wondering: What would revolution look like in America?
"Congratulations! You Have Overthrown the Government of the United States" is part comix journalism, part graphic novel, and a serious effort to imagine the nuts and bolts of how revolution will go down here in America.
Ted Rall is a hard-hitting political cartoonist and author who has won numerous awards (two RFK Journalism Awards, Pulitzer finalist) for his cartoons and seminal out-of-the-box books like "Revenge of the Latchkey Kids," "To Afghanistan and Back" and "The Anti-American Manifesto." Now, if you help us, Ted will turn his imagination to America after the United States.
"Will the U.S. plunge into chaos and anarchy? Or will we get something better?
This is not The Anarchists Cookbook. This will not tell people how to overthrow the government. This assumes that the revolution has already happened. This will tell people how to pick up the pieces and build a new government after this one is gone. Beginning with those crazy first few hours when revolutionaries burst into the Oval Office and find nothing but a desk and scattered scraps of paper.
No one can imagine that now. But Ted can. Can we keep the economy going? What happens to people sitting in jail, committed for minor crimes—do we let them out? Will we be at war with a foreign invader? Other nations have gone through these experiences, and we can learn from them. Some of the people who participated in revolutionary change are still alive and can share the lessons they learned.
A major publishing house won't touch anything this controversial. I can self-publish, or have a small independent press do it—but they pay very low advances (usually between $5000 and $10000 for a year or more of work) that make it impossible to do the necessary research. It costs a lot to research a project like this, including travel to foreign countries with current and recent revolutionary uprisings. If you support this project, I will spend the next year traveling to places like East Timor, Tunisia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Communist-controlled northeastern India, the Niger River Delta, and the Maoist-controlled areas of Nepal researching, synthesizing, writing and drawing a new book that tells the revolutionaries of the future the actions they'll need to take and the mistakes they'll have to avoid in order to carry out a successful regime change in the former United States.
"Congratulations! You Have Overthrown the Government of the United States of America" begins with the first few hours after revolutionaries seize control of the centers of American power and try to figure out how to run the world's richest and most powerful nation.
Here's what Page One of the book will look like:
This book will not tell anyone how to wage revolution. This book assumes that the government has already fallen, whether via collapse or revolution. It will contain advice for the new leaders of the post-American nation-state about what they should do. Obviously my politics will come into it, but the advice could be used by a new leadership from any number of different political orientations.
It's a very low-ball budget. That's because I have to travel to numerous places in order to conduct research. Mainly this is just for travel. I hope there will be something left to compensate me for my time and work, but the truth is that this sort of project is impossible without a significant travel budget.
It will take a year or two to research and write the book. Whether I self-publish or get a publisher, it usually takes about six months between completion and publication date in order to edit, lay out, and distribute.
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