Last week the Red Nation Rising Blog started a new feature interviewing Conservative and Libertarian Patriot authors (Here’s Part One). This is Part 2 of the Question and Answer with Red Nation Rising Featured Author Bob Zeidman.
Bob is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and film maker who is also a software engineer, parallel entrepreneur, mathematician, and expert witness.
Bob’s book, Good Intentions, is a political satire which has been described as Kafka meets Ayn Rand. It’s a great read. In the next few weeks, we’ll try and schedule a live Twitter Chat with Bob.
Good Intentions is about a future United States that has become the ultimate nanny state. One man, Winston Jones, is chosen by the mysterious Fairness for EveryBody Society to be the next president because he has the required makeup — ethnic, racial, religious, sexual orientation, etc. — to “fairly represent the diversity of America.”
The book is his reluctant adventure to discover what America is about and how to get it back to its real values. He comes across many clashing groups including “The Documented,” a group of legal aliens that refuse to break the law and thus get no government entitlements.
He also comes in contact with Radical Femlamism, a bizarre melding of Radical Feminism and Radical Islam. All along he’s tracked by the Freedman Group, a collection of “subversives” who believe in free market capitalism and secretly run businesses without government interference.
Timely Political Satire
Good Intentions has won awards and gets incredibly favorable ratings on Amazon. In light of the recent news surrounding NSA surveillance. Good Intentions is a timely political satire about a future U.S. nanny state that controls our lives.
What did you hope to accomplish with your book?
I’d like to have lots of people read the book. My goals are twofold. First I want people to just really enjoy reading the book. There’s nothing better to an author than to have someone tell him that his writing had an effect on him, emotionally or intellectually. That means that I’ve done something very right. In fact, many of my friends really like the book, but two friends in particular told me that it was the best book they’ve ever read. That’s an incredible compliment. Both of these friends are well-read and well-educated, so it’s not like this is the only book they’ve ever read. Of course, my book also enforced their strongly held conservative and libertarian beliefs.
Enforcing conservative and libertarian is great. What’s the second thing?
Second I’d like to get out the message about where we’re headed as a society and why we need to change. I do it through humor, though there are some pretty strong, dramatic sections of the book. By writing something fun and exciting I’m hoping the message gets out not only to those who already agree with the message, but others who are looking for a fun read and end up thinking about these important issues.
Tell us about the main character in your book.
The main character is Winston Jones, who works as a government repudiator. His job is to provide a balance to anyone exercising their (“unfortunate”) right to free speech. One day he has the unusual job of rebutting a liberal spokesperson on a city sidewalk, and he finds the words come much easier than usual.
The book satirizes forced diversity, where leaders are absurdly chosen by ethnicity more than their qualifications?
Yes. Jones is chosen by the mysterious Fairness for EveryBody Society to be the next president of the United States because he has the required makeup to “fairly represent the diversity of America.” Jones doesn’t want this responsibility, so he escapes on a crazy adventure. He comes across clashing groups including “The Documented,” legal aliens that refuse to break the law and thus get no government entitlements. He encounters Radical Femlamism, a bizarre melding of Radical Feminism and Radical Islam. He’s secretly tracked by the Freedman Group, “subversives” who believe in free market capitalism and secretly run businesses without government interference.
The book is about Jones’ reluctant adventure to discover what America is about, eventually realizing how to get back to original American values of liberty, individual rights, and individual responsibility. He also discovers some personal secrets including the real facts behind his father’s tragic death years ago.
Part 3 of the Q & A with Bob Coming Soon
This concludes the second part of the Q&A with Bob Zeidman. Part 3 of the Red Nation Rising Interview With the Author will be early next week with an announcement on the upcoming Live Twitter Chat to interact with Bob.
Many, many thanks for all your support.
By: @JimLysaght (Founded growing Red Nation Rising social community and viral grassroots movement after tweeting #RedNationRising from the @NObamaChat Twitter account several days after the utterly disastrous 2012 Election)