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
Here's what Page One of the book will look like: