Posts Tagged: tea party

Aug 14

“What Have They Ever Done For Us?” …Inside the Strange and Strangely Familiar Minds of “Sovereign Citizens”

My article on sovereign citizens and assorted rightwingnuts is up THE RAW STORY now. Raw Story titled it “A science fiction author ponders the dystopic landscape of the sovereign citizen mind”

Originally it had the What have They Ever Done For Us? title and this quote from Monty Python heading it:

‘All right… all right… but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the Romans done for us? –Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”‘


Mar 12


is the new novel by John Shirley, from Prime Books. A “Lord of the Flies” for the 21st century.

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY REVIEW: “In this slim, grim, and powerful novel, Shirley lets his imagination loose on the frightening possibilities of a massive natural disaster striking a small American town. A tidal wave transforms Freedom, Calif., from seaside idyll into a broken and perilously unstable landscape. Survivors include some natural helpers like Drew Haver and his son, Russ, as well as psychopaths Dickie Rockwell, a gang leader and drug dealer, and Lon Ferrara, the town’s ultralibertarian mayor, who privatized emergency services and now refuses help from FEMA. Treating women like commodities and wielding a plethora of weapons, these men fight for survival and ownership of the ruins. Shirley’s vision is vivid and horrifying…”

As ebook or trade paperback.