An All-Access Pass to the Populist
Insurrection Brewing Across the Country
Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies.
Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally
mismanaged. Ordinary Americans on both the Right and Left are tired
of being disenfranchised by corrupt politicians of both parties and
are organizing to change the status quo. In his invigorating new
book, David Sirota investigates whether this uprising can be
transformed into a unified, lasting political movement.
Throughout the course of American history, uprisings like the one
we are seeing now have given birth to powerful movements to end
wars, protect workers, and expand civil rights, so the prospect of
today's uprising turning into a full-fledged populist movement
terrifies Wall Street and Washington. In "The Uprising," Sirota
takes us far from the national media spotlight into the trenches
where real change is happening--from the headquarters of the most
powerful third party in America to the bowels of the U.S. Senate;
from the auditorium of an ExxonMobil shareholder meeting to the
quasi-military staging area of a vigilante force on the Mexican
border. This is vital, on-the-ground reporting that immerses us in
the tumultuous give-and-take of politics at its most personal.
Sirota also offers a biting critique of our politics. He shows how
the uprising is, at its core, a reaction to faux "bipartisanship"
in the nation's capital--the "bipartisanship" whereby Republican
and Democratic lawmakers join together in putting the agenda of
corporate interests above all those of ordinary citizens.
Ultimately, Sirota reminds us that the Declaration of Independence,
"America's original uprising manifesto," says that governments
"derive their powers from the consent of the governed." Irreverent
and insightful, "The Uprising" shows how the governed have stopped
consenting and have started taking action.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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