ABSTRACT

Since 1980, when neoliberal and neoconservative forces began their hostile takeover of western culture, a new type of political satire has emerged that works to unmask and deter those toxic doctrines. Literary and cultural critic Kirk Combe calls this new form of satire the Rant. The Rant is grim, highly imaginative, and complex in its blending of genres. It mixes facets of satire, science fiction, and monster tale to produce widely consumed spectacles—major studio movies, popular television/streaming series, bestselling novels—designed to disturb and to provoke. The Rant targets what Combe calls the Regime. Simply put, the Regime is the sum of the dangerous social, economic, and political orthodoxies spurred on by neoliberal and neoconservative polity. Such practices include free-market capitalism, corporatism, militarism, religiosity, imperialism, racism, patriarchy, and so on. In the Rant, then, we have a unique and wholly contemporary genre of political expression and protest: speculative satire.

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The Briefest of Introductions

What, Why, How

chapter 1|37 pages

The Rant

chapter 2|32 pages

The Regime

chapter 3|25 pages

Ranting Against the Regime

chapter 4|29 pages

Living Under a Lousy Orthodoxy

chapter 5|26 pages

Special Topic Rants

chapter 6|30 pages

Neoliberal A.I.

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The Briefest of Conclusions

So What? Why Bother? How Does This Matter?