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Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want (Paperback)
An optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump's victory, What do we do now? The answer: We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy. Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values. Legendary Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappe and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen offer a fresh, surprising response to this core crisis. This intergenerational duo opens with an essential truth: It's not the magnitude of a challenge that crushes the human spirit. It's feeling powerless--in this case, fearing that to stand up for democracy is futile. It's not, Lappe and Eichen argue. With riveting stories and little-known evidence, they demystify how we got here, exposing the well-orchestrated effort that has robbed Americans of their rightful power. But at the heart of this unique book are solutions. Even in this divisive time, Americans are uniting across causes and ideologies to create a "canopy of hope" the authors call the Democracy Movement. In this invigorating "movement of movements," millions of Americans are leaving despair behind as they push for and achieve historic change. The movement and democracy itself are vital to us as citizens and fulfill human needs--for power, meaning, and connection--essential to our thriving. In this timely and necessary book, Lappe and Eichen offer proof that courage is contagious in the daring fight for democracy.
About the Author
Frances Moore Lappe, author of the multimillion-selling Diet for a Small Planet and seventeen other books, is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, the "Alternative Nobel." "A small number of people in every generation are forerunners, in thought, action, spirit, who swerve past the barriers of greed and power to hold a torch high for the rest of us. Lappe is one of those."--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United StatesAdam Eichen is a Democracy Fellow at the Small Planet Institute, cofounded by Lappe, and a board member of Democracy Matters, and he served as deputy communications director for Democracy Spring. Lappe and Eichen, separated by generations, are united in the movement for a living democracy and work together in Cambridge, Massachusetts.