The direction of change in the United States over the past 40-50 years has been decidedly in favor of wealthy individuals and corporate special-interest groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
These groups have influenced government to lower the cost of labor, to cut their contributions to our country, and to establish monopoly-like conditions for certain industries.
For all practical purposes, the government of the United States no longer acts in the interests of the people of our country.
Is the situation hopeless?
No. But the game has tilted heavily in favor of money and corporate interests.
How do we shift the direction of change in the face of this tremendous money disadvantage? The answer, I believe, lies in our strengths: our numbers, our values, and our story.
Trying to do it all at once, however, can appear daunting and even overwhelming.
The question I hear most often is: What can I do?
This book focuses on this very basic question. It examines our options and describes several simple and practical steps that, if taken by enough people, create a system for change---a way to make the seemingly impossible task of restoring democracy possible.
|Publisher:||David Akadjian LLC|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this book easy to read with thoroughly explained solutions to current roadblocks. What surprised me was the books’ myriad applications to real-life situations. An acquaintance in a local musical ensemble I belong to had posted on the band’s Facebook page (they are also the administrator) in an inflammatory manner to display their disgust of Americans’ celebrity focus. They used Robin Williams’ recent death as an opener and immediately followed with obit for a Civil Servant who had died on the same day that no one really heard about. I responded to this person’s post by asking that they take out the reference to Robin Williams, as mental illness/suicide is a sensitive subject. Unfortunately, my response also went on the Facebook page. My acquaintance responded by reposting his original and adding “God Bless America”. I was pretty angry at this point but having just read the first two chapters of The Little Book of Revolution, I shifted my goal and held the moral high ground. Instead of arguing with someone I probably couldn’t reach I had an opportunity to win over others who might be following our public disagreement. I left this person alone to be who he was and I responded with “Isn’t it horrible when the media uses the fame of celebrity to further their own cause?” This person had no further response but others in our group came to me individually at our next rehearsal to comment on my handling of a difficult personality.
I just went to my bookshelves and got out David's book, The Little Book of Revolution to re-read. He has a plan to help us talk with each other about what matters most to everyone...building community, getting the things we need such as jobs...speaking up and being heard. I have sticky notes on several pages which will make it easier to find my favorite ideas. His format makes it easy to read. Thank you, David!
Author, David Akadjian, teaches undercover in, The Little Book of Revolution A Distributive Strategy for Democracy. This book is a practical guide to interactive engagement in the political process by means of casual conversations. The book provides a reading experience that excercises one's critical thinking processes. By replacing antagonistic strategies with common ground initiatives, the author provides a common sense framework for " winning people over". David Akadjian clearly distinguishes the differences between corporate interests, mutual responsibility, and they ways each can positively or negatively affect government decisions and we the people. This book would be an asset to college and university required reading materials and appropriate for a variety of academic disciplines.