Democracy's Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life
by Frances Moore Lappe
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Publication Date: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Binding: Hard bound
Topics: Democracy: Theory & Practice, Social Movements, United States
Description: A rousing battle cry that we must act now or risk losing that most precious of American ideals - democracy - from bestselling author Frances Moore Lappe.
America is on the edge. Our nation is being pulled in two opposite directions. On one side are the forces of arrogance, of exclusion, and of deceit that threaten to plunge us into the abyss by subjugating democracy to satisfy their thirst for power. But there is hope. Bestselling author Frances Moore Lappe reveals a secret revolution that is happening across America where ordinary citizens, driven by a desire to move beyond rhetoric to address problems in a direct, practical way, are rising up to battle the forces of consolidation of power and exclusion. Going past the tired polemics - left and right, liberal and conservative, progressive and reactionary - 'Democracy's Edge' shows us how to bring our country alive again - before it's too late.
Frances Moore Lappe, author of the groundbreaking 'Diet for a Small Planet,' has spent over three decades studying, writing, and speaking about the most critical questions of our time. She has received 16 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions, and in 1987, became only the fourth American to receive the coveted Right Livelihood Award.
Review(s): "Lappé is a pioneer in democratic thought and action. 'Democracy's Edge' exemplifies her path blazing role in keeping democracy alive in our time." - Cornel West, Professor, Princeton University
"There is a small number of people in every generation who are forerunners, in thought, action, spirit, who swerve past the barriers of greed and power to hold a torch high for the rest of us. Frances Moore Lappé is one of those. Her writing has done that again and again. Here, in her latest work, she brings the familiar eloquence of expression, simplicity of language, poetic and passionate, to our nation's most urgent problem, the reclaiming of democracy." - Howard Zinn, Author, 'A Peoples History of the United States'
"America is lost in a gnarled thicket of bought politicos, corporate con men and media hucksters. But we're lucky: Lappé has drawn the map that will get us out alive. Read it and get going." - Greg Palast, Author, 'The Best Democracy Money Can Buy'
"Our country is suffering from a serious 'democratic deficit,' a widening gulf between public opinion and public policy - and what ails America necessarily ails the world. A great many people do not like what is happening to their lives and their country, and what is being done in their name, but feel isolated and helpless, victims of forces beyond their control. With the clear thinking, plain talk, and penetrating insight that we have come to expect from her work, Frances Moore Lappé confronts these fundamental problems directly and constructively. It is both a guide to the perplexed, and a guide to action." - Noam Chomsky, Author, 'Hegemony or Survival'
"Frances Moore Lappé believes deeply that true democracy is more than simply a set of institutions or a political system. It is the active engagement and voice of ordinary citizens in the decisions that shape their lives and communities. 'Democracy's Edge' is an exciting and hopeful account of the rebirth of a living American democracy as people connect with each other around the country to solve problems and build a better society. An important part of that rebirth is a new and growing movement by people of faith who are putting their faith into action for the common good." - Jim Wallis, Author of 'God's Politics', Editor of Sojourners magazine, Convener of Call to Renewal
"With an abundance of inspiring, well-told stories, Lappé sweeps away the disempowering myth that an individual can't make a difference and demonstrates that democracy is a living practice. Essential reading for all who believe that democracy in America would be a good idea." - David Korten, Author, 'When Corporations Rule the World'
"Frankie Lappé has a gift for synthesizing complex ideas into accessible and inspiring simplicity. Living Democracy is an excellent primer on what our democracy was intended to be, where it went astray, and what needs to happen (and is in fact already happening below the radar of mainstream media) for democracy to come alive. Read, take hope and then take action!" - Nina Utne, Chair, Utne Magazine