The Uprising by David Sirota
An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington

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An All-Access Pass to the Populist
Insurrection Brewing Across the Country

Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally mismanaged. Ordinary Americans on both the Right and Left are tired of being disenfranchised by corrupt politicians of both parties and are organizing to change the status quo. In his invigorating new book, David Sirota investigates whether this uprising can be transformed into a unified, lasting political movement.

Throughout the course of American history, uprisings like the one we are seeing now have given birth to powerful movements to end wars, protect workers, and expand civil rights, so the prospect of today’s uprising turning into a full-fledged populist movement terrifies Wall Street and Washington. In The Uprising, Sirota takes us far from the national media spotlight into the trenches where real change is happening—from the headquarters of the most powerful third party in America to the bowels of the U.S. Senate; from the auditorium of an ExxonMobil shareholder meeting to the quasi-military staging area of a vigilante force on the Mexican border. This is vital, on-the-ground reporting that immerses us in the tumultuous give-and-take of politics at its most personal.

Sirota also offers a biting critique of our politics. He shows how the uprising is, at its core, a reaction to faux “bipartisanship” in the nation’s capital—the “bipartisanship” whereby Republican and Democratic lawmakers join together in putting the agenda of corporate interests above all those of ordinary citizens.

Ultimately, Sirota reminds us that the Declaration of Independence, “America’s original uprising manifesto,” says that governments “derive their powers from the consent of the governed.” Irreverent and insightful, The Uprising shows how the governed have stopped consenting and have started taking action.

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About David Sirota

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DAVID SIROTA is a political organizer and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. His first book, Hostile Takeover, was a New York Times bestseller, and his column runs weekly in the Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, and elsewhere. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Emily, and their dog, Monty.
Published May 27, 2008 by Crown. 402 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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Sirota hopes to demonstrate that the ingredients for a cohesive populist movement are all around us, if only those who would benefit from the demise of the American political establishment would join forces and make it happen.

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But between those evenly split polls and the ones showing strong support for cutting off funds for the surge, O'Beirne's airtight declaration that polls supposedly show the American people "don't favor denying funds for this surge" is, at best, wildly uninformed, and more likely a deliberate lie.

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One of the reasons the Progressive States Network was founded earlier this year was to support state lawmakers and legislation that protects the basic rights and freedoms that America was founded on - rights and freedoms that are clearly under attack by extreme right-wing politicians who are desp...

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Huffington Post

So while the trade policy you justify does make the kinds of CEOs and elites you surround yourself with very rich, for many ordinary people in the developing world, it has been a disaster (You might step back and think about that the next time there is a massive protest of this trade policy in a ...

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Here you have a policy - NAFTA - that is among the most unpopular policies of the last generation, according to polls.

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Our own efforts to deconstruct the Legacy Media may benefit from an alliance with those who’ve long criticized the American media as captive of liberal elites – will we want to work together to take down our current media structure and then rebuild something more clearly responsive to Americans’ ...

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Sachs concludes that Clinton “is the candidate of the War Machine.” In a widely noted article Professor Sachs, an advisor the United Nations on millennium development goals, called her record a “disaster,” adding that “Perhaps more than any other person, Hillary can lay claim to having stoked the...

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The revolutionist has at once a lucid understanding of power, along with the vagaries of human nature, and a commitment to overthrowing power.

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We the people changing America, that’s what, and actually establishing government that’s of the people, by the people and for the people, with liberty, justice and EQUALITY for all.

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