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They prefer that you pick up one of those escapist novels over there across the store, rather than finding out that the greatest escape ...
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!
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
Posted July 4, 2008
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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