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Democracy's edge : choosing to save our country by bringing democracy to life

Author: Frances Moore Lappé
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Democracy's Edge is a rousing battle cry that we can - and must - act now. From Jefferson to Eisenhower, presidents from both parties have warned us of the danger of letting a closed, narrow group of business and government officials concentrate power over our lives. Yet today, a small and unrepresentative group of people is making vital decisions for all of us." "But this crisis is only a symptom, Frances Moore
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Moore Lappé
ISBN: 0787943118 9780787943110
OCLC Number: 61353081
Description: xvi, 471 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The frame --
The long arc --
Power is not a four-letter word --
Democracy growing up --
Our coat --
The elephant --
Democracy as a verb --
Attention --
Action --
Choice --
Voice --
Democracy in our bones --
Learning --
Security --
The invitation --
Two frames for democracy --
Toward a language of democracy.
Responsibility: Frances Moore Lappé ; with the assistance of Rachel Burton, Anna Lappé, and Hope Richardson.
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"Democracy's Edge is a rousing battle cry that we can - and must - act now. From Jefferson to Eisenhower, presidents from both parties have warned us of the danger of letting a closed, narrow group of business and government officials concentrate power over our lives. Yet today, a small and unrepresentative group of people is making vital decisions for all of us." "But this crisis is only a symptom, Frances Moore Lappe argues. It's a symptom of thin democracy, something done to us or for us, not by or with us. Such democracy is always at risk of being stolen by private interests or extremist groups, left and right."

"But there is a solution. The answer, says Lappe is Living Democracy, a powerful yet often invisible citizens' revolution surging in communities across America. It's not random, disjointed activism but the emergence of a new historical stage of democracy in which Americans realize that democracy isn't something we have but something we do. Either we live it or lose it, says Lappe."--Jacket.

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