Daring democracy Igniting power, meaning, and connection for the America we want

Frances Moore Lappé

Book - 2017

Describes how Americans looking to protect their democracy from the Trump presidency can take their civic life to the next level and become enabled by innovative and inspiring strategies to organize and fight against the current crisis in government. --

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Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press [2017]
Main Author
Frances Moore Lappé (author)
Other Authors
Adam Eichen (author)
Physical Description
x, 204 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-192) and index.
  • Opening Note
  • Why We Had to Write This Book
  • Part I. Rethinking the Crisis
  • Chapter 1. What It Will Take
  • Chapter 2. Bringing Down the Thought Barriers
  • Part II. Exposing the Roots
  • Chapter 3. Manipulating the Mindset
  • Chapter 4. Rigging the Rules
  • Part III. Creating Solutions Together
  • Chapter 5. Democracy's Calling
  • Chapter 6. Meet the Democracy Movement
  • Chapter 7. Listen Up, America! North Carolina Has a Story to Tell
  • Chapter 8. The Thrill of Democracy
  • Chapter 9. Dare for Democracy
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

She cut her teeth on the Vietnam and civil rights protests of the 1960s; he wasn't even born then but came to feel a similar call to action during the Occupy Wall Street movement of the early twenty-first century. So, in spite of being a generation apart age wise, Lappé and Eichen are of the same mind when it comes to analyzing the country's current political challenges. They carefully reveal the groundwork beneath the rhetoric promulgated by the alt-right factions and platforms of the Trump administration, tracing the origins of dark money influences and the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Countering what they call a well-entrenched Anti-Democracy Movement, the authors offer numerous solutions for its antithesis, a democracy-proud confluence of grassroots efforts. From the Women's March to the Indivisible Resistance, numerous groups are tapping into a newly engaged and aroused citizenry who hope to stem the tide of authoritarianism. With specific plans of action and encouraging words of support, Lappé and Eichen extend concrete hope to those who feel politically helpless.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2017 Booklist

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