Swim against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow

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Swim against the Current is one of those books that the power elites don't like seeing in stores, much less in your hands—not merely because it challenges their established order, but especially because our book reveals paths that...

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Overview

Pssssst! Bookstore browsers!

Don't look around, but the corporate and political powers that be want you to put this book down, right now. It definitely is NOT on their approved list.

Swim against the Current is one of those books that the power elites don't like seeing in stores, much less in your hands—not merely because it challenges their established order, but especially because our book reveals paths that folks like you can use to escape their rigid, hierarchical structures and discover a bit more satisfaction in life.

They prefer that you pick up one of those escapist novels over there across the store, rather than finding out that the greatest escape of all can be from stultifying conventional wisdom. We Americans are constantly harassed into thinking that we can't break the mold that those in charge have made for us. But as a friend of ours puts it: "Those who say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."

It's the uplifting stories of mavericks that we tell here. They've broken free of the corporate tentacles, free of business-as-usual politics, free of top-down elites. They're figuring out new ways to do commerce, ways to create political channels that empower grassroots Americans, and ways to live their lives.

As these folks show, resistance is not futile . . . it's fertile. Join the fun! Happy reading!

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* "We all need some inspiration from time to time to remind us of what we’re fighting for, not just against. Hightower and DeMarco provide it in these pages, thank our lucky stars..." (DailyKos.com, April 6, 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470121511
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/3/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 786,917
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Hightower is a syndicated columnist, national radio commentator, the publisher of the Hightower Lowdown newsletter, and the New York Times bestselling author of Thieves in High Places.

Susan Demarco is a writer, former radio talk-show host, public-interest activist, and longtime Hightower partner-in-crime.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

PART ONE Business 5

CHAPTER 1 Business without Greed 7

CHAPTER 2 Fair Trade 14

CHAPTER 3 Cooperation Works 19

CHAPTER 4 Socially Responsible 29

CHAPTER 5 Putting Workers in Charge 42

CHAPTER 6 The Good (Business) Life 51

CHAPTER 7 Banking on Change 58

Connections for Part One 66

PART TWO Politics 73

CHAPTER 8 Shape Up, America! 75

CHAPTER 9 Run for It! 83

CHAPTER 10 Clean Elections 92

CHAPTER 11 Democracy School 105

CHAPTER 12 Build It! 111

CHAPTER 13 Granny Power 122

CHAPTER 14 The Politics of Fun 127

Connections for Part Two 134

PART THREE Life 139

CHAPTER 15 Take Charge! 141

CHAPTER 16 How We Live 151

CHAPTER 17 A Mass Movement Arises 158

CHAPTER 18 Flowers in the Field 164

CHAPTER 19 The Conscience of an Evangelical 176

Connections for Part Three 188

Final Thoughts 193

DeMarco's Reading List 197

Index 201

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

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    An entertaining introduction to what ails the Nation. Neo- Con politics & Corporate Greed followed by an apathetic citizenry who cries I am just one man what can I do? This has gotten America into its current state. If you are just waking up to what the Neo-Cons are doing politically and Corporate Globalization is doing economically & environmentally to this country, this book will be an informative look at what some people are doing to buck the system. It also has an excellent list of organizations that will help you get involved if you should so choose. If you are already a populist and active in the socio, economic, political arena this is just preaching to the choir but a good sermon is always refreshing nonetheless. Well worth the read.

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