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Blessed are the organized : grassroots democracy in America

Author: Jeffrey Stout
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? Many Americans are doubtful, and have withdrawn into apathy and cynicism. But thousands of others are not ready to give up on democracy just yet. Working outside the notice of the national media, ordinary citizens across the nation are meeting in living rooms,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Stout
ISBN: 9780691135861 069113586X 9780691156651 0691156654
OCLC Number: 607655593
Description: xix, 346 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The Responsibilities of a Citizen --
A Power Analysis --
Organizing for the Common Good --
Rites of Solidarity, Commitment, and Mourning --
Domination, Anger, and Grief --
Public Address --
Ain't it Awful? --The Authority to Lead --
On the Treatment of Opponents --
Organize, Reflect, and Reorganize --
The Compelling Force of the Ideal --
Face-to-Face Meetings --
The Passion of St. Rose --
Blood and Harmony --
Chapter Fifteen. Fathers and Sisters for Life --
Pastors and Flocks --
The Contested Sacred --
Across Great Scars of Wrong --
The Organizer President --
Walking in Our Sleep.
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In an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? This book discusses the successes and  Read more...

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