Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite

Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite

by Bruce E. Levine Ph.D.


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ISBN-13: 9781603582988
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 04/11/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and has been in private practice since 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His most recent book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (2011). He is also the author of Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (2007), and Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy, and has authored a chapter for Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry. Dr. Levine has been a regular contributor to AlterNet, Z Magazine, and The Huffington Post and his articles and interviews have been published in Adbusters, The Ecologist, High Times and numerous other magazines. He is an editorial advisor for the Icarus Project/Freedom Center Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs and on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Levine has presented talks and workshops to diverse organizations throughout North America. Visit Bruce's blog on The Huffington Post at

Table of Contents

1 The People Divided Versus the Corporatocracy in Control 1

The Corporatocracy in Control 4

The People Divided 8

2 Are the People Broken? 13

The 1999 Battle of Seattle 16

The 2000 US Presidential Election 17

The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq 21

Wall Street Bailout 24

Health Care Reform 27

The Election of Barack Obama 29

Labor Unions and Demoralized Working People 31

The Tea Party Movement 34

Who, in Large Numbers, Is Fighting for Social justice? 38

Light Resistance to Major Oppression 40

Demoralized, Disorganized, Broken, or What? 43

3 Prelude to Battle: Understanding How the People Learned Powerlessness 47

Psychological Principles and Techniques for Breaking a Population 48

Television, Technology, and Zombification 60

Helplessness in the Age of Isolation, E-Relationships, and Bureaucratization 65

Broken by Fundamentalist Consumerism and Advertising/Propaganda 69

Student-Loan Debt and Indentured Servitude 75

The Normalization of Surveillance 82

The Decline of Labor Unions and the Loss of Power for Working People 83

Moneyism, Money-Centric Culture, and Weakness 89

How Schools Teach Powerlessness 95

Noncompliance as a Mental Illness 100

Elitism Training 109

Liars, Hypocrites, Egomaniacs, and the Corporate Media 112

The US Electoral System and Learned Helplessness 115

4 Energy to Do Battle: Liberation Psychology, Individual Self-Respect, and Collective Self-Confidence 121

Critical Thinking and Morale 122

Energizing People: Morality and Other Fuels 127

Healing from "Battered People's Syndrome" and "Corporatocracy Abuse" 131

Combating Social Isolation and Building Community 136

Individual Self-Respect and Empowerment 140

Focus on the Non-Fascist Family: Creating Respectful Relationships 143

Liberation Psychology 145

Forging an Alliance among Populists 152

Inspiration to Overcome Distrust 158

Collective Self-Confidence: Solidarity and Success 161

5 Winning the Battle: Solutions, Strategies, and Tactics 166

Lessons from the Great Populist Revolt 166

Modern Electoral Politics: Wise or Unwise Battlefield? 173

The Strategy and Tactics of Disruption 176

Are Protest Demonstrations Effective? 182

The Power of Divorce 188

Twenty-first-Century Abolitionism: Ending Student-Loan Debt Servitude 194

Workplace Democracy: Worker and Other Co-operatives 200

Helpful and Harmful Small Victories and Compromises 204

Crossing the Final Divide 207

Notes 211

Acknowledgments 233

Index 235

About the Author 246

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Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample of the eversion of this book is jumbled, repetitive and just technologically messed up! For that reason I will not take a chance on buying the eversion but will get the paper version as this IS absolutely excellent writing
ShawnSorensen43 More than 1 year ago
I appreciate the thoughts in the one other customer review of this book. When we look at all the things standing in the way of the average American trying to make a living - the decrease of unions, trillions of our tax dollars and thousands of our youth sent to unpopular wars, environmental degradation, crowded classrooms and the cutting of health benefits - you see why we are getting poorer and poorer as a country. Instead of a convenient "just snap out of it, work harder", Levine takes a look at how things really are. We're already working too hard, and for less and less. Small towns are drying up so we can basically live in big box stores full of cheap goods from abroad. The wealthy have purchased our only two political parties. Levin offers realistic, compassionate ideas for healing and energizing ourselves from the inside out in order to join together for the greater good. We've got the "all for one" down in this country. Levine balances that with the "one for all" in this timely (especially considering the growing "We are the 99%" movement), brave book.
Honest_Cancer More than 1 year ago
Levine presents little more than an explanation of what people already know. It reads like the diary of a teenager constantly decrying the system they follow dutifully, and leaves one wondering at his ability to be taken seriously. Throughout the book Levine falls constantly into the trap most common to populists, the need to reassure himself and his readers that for all his trappings of elitism, he is not with them. Mr. Levine, seems not to recognize that growing up working class is worlds apart from being a working class adult. Each chapter finds the author citing statements in support of his arguments culled from the internet, which as anyone who has spent time on the internet may tell you sounds very much like a young boy saying "my mom says I'm handsome." Perhaps the only valuable thing to be gained from this book is the reason why H. L. Mencken (whose name is invoked throughout) hated populists.