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Get up, stand up : uniting populists, energizing the defeated, and battling the corporate elite

Author: Bruce E Levine
Publisher: White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green Pub., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Majority of Americans oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bristle at Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. Why aren't we all out in the streets? In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers radical new insights into the epidemic of political passivity in America. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce E Levine
ISBN: 9781603582988 1603582983
OCLC Number: 676727206
Description: 246 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. The People Divided Versus the Corporatocracy in Control --
The Corporatocracy in Control --
The People Divided --
2. Are the People Broken? --
The 1999 Battle of Seattle --
The 2000 US Presidential Election --
The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq --
Wall Street Bailout --
Health Care Reform --
The Election of Barack Obama --
Labor Unions and Demoralized Working People --
The Tea Party Movement --
Who, in Large Numbers, Is Fighting for Social justice? --
Light Resistance to Major Oppression --
Demoralized, Disorganized, Broken, or What? --
3. Prelude to Battle: Understanding How the People Learned Powerlessness --
Psychological Principles and Techniques for Breaking a Population --
Television, Technology, and Zombification --
Helplessness in the Age of Isolation, E-Relationships, and Bureaucratization --
Broken by Fundamentalist Consumerism and Advertising/Propaganda --
Student-Loan Debt and Indentured Servitude --
The Normalization of Surveillance --
The Decline of Labor Unions and the Loss of Power for Working People --
Moneyism, Money-Centric Culture, and Weakness --
How Schools Teach Powerlessness --
Noncompliance as a Mental Illness --
Elitism Training --
Liars, Hypocrites, Egomaniacs, and the Corporate Media --
The US Electoral System and Learned Helplessness --
4. Energy to Do Battle: Liberation Psychology, Individual Self-Respect, and Collective Self-Confidence --
Critical Thinking and Morale --
Energizing People: Morality and Other Fuels --
Healing from "Battered People's Syndrome" and "Corporatocracy Abuse" --
Combating Social Isolation and Building Community --
Individual Self-Respect and Empowerment --
Focus on the Non-Fascist Family: Creating Respectful Relationships --
Liberation Psychology --
Forging an Alliance among Populists --
Inspiration to Overcome Distrust --
Collective Self-Confidence: Solidarity and Success --
5. Winning the Battle: Solutions, Strategies, and Tactics --
Lessons from the Great Populist Revolt --
Modern Electoral Politics: Wise or Unwise Battlefield? --
The Strategy and Tactics of Disruption --
Are Protest Demonstrations Effective? --
The Power of Divorce --
Twenty-first-Century Abolitionism: Ending Student-Loan Debt Servitude --
Workplace Democracy: Worker and Other Co-operatives --
Helpful and Harmful Small Victories and Compromises --
Crossing the Final Divide --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index --
About the Author.
Responsibility: Bruce E. Levine.
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The Majority of Americans oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bristle at Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. Why aren't we all out in the streets? In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers radical new insights into the epidemic of political passivity in America. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created helplessness and fatalism. When such defeatism sets in, truths about economic injustices and lost liberties are not enough to set people free.

The situation, however, is not truly hopeless. Get Up, Stand UP describes how we can recover dignity, energy, and unity in order to wrest power away from the corporatocracy. In other countries and during other periods of American history people have successfully resisted domination. Get Up, Stand Up details those, strategies and tactics that oppressed peoples have employed to gain power and put that power back in the hands of We the People.

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