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by David Sirota

Category: Politics and Government
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Author: David Sirota
ISBN: 0307395634
ISBN13: 978-0307395634
Language: English
Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (May 27, 2008)
Pages: 400
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David Sirota has toured the country in pursuit of'The Uprising', an upwelling of anger at the destructive power of corporations in American political life.

At the same time, this book fails to tie together the various uprisings it describes, common themes and methodology that works or does not work. David Sirota has toured the country in pursuit of'The Uprising', an upwelling of anger at the destructive power of corporations in American political life. On the plus side, Sirota (currently a Montana resident, apparently) travels far from the coasts that dominate middle-class liberals' imagination.

David Sirota has toured the country in pursuit of'The Uprising', an upwelling of anger at the destructive power of corporations in American political life. Sirota seems most comfortable with what I would describe as 'insider/outsiders', people with views outside of the centrism dominant among the punditocracy, but who have created some sort of establishment beachhead.

A portrait of the writer on a bathroom floor - The thrilla in Montana - What kind of hardball can stop a war? -. - The boss and his fusion machine - The permanent barrier - Mad as hell, and not gonna take it anymore - Mainstreaming the militia - Dilberts of the world, unite - The blue chip revolutionaries - Chasing the ghosts of Chicago. Examines a burgeoning movement among ordinary Americans from both the left and the right who are fed up with the mismanagement of American government and the control of a monied elite and special interests.

Sirota also offers a biting critique of our politics. 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.

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Home Audio Books Politics Contemporary Issues The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington. 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 .

Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. A war without end, fatally mismanaged

Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. A war without end, fatally mismanaged.

The Uprising : An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington.

In "The Uprising," Sirota takes us far from the national media spotlight into the trenches where real change is happening . Sirota also offers a biting critique of our politics.

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 .

An All-Access Pass to the Populist Insurrection Brewing Across the CountryJob 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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Foiuost
David Sirota is a writer full of insight and grace. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and received a rare transfusion of hope. He helps sort out the wheat from the chaff, the real progressives from the corporatists. Because of this, corporatist minions are popping up and entering their reviews to drag his ratings down. Sirota is a wordsmith who can apply the insights of Drew Westen and provide a how-to manual for communicating with the public.
Blueshaper
While I enjoyed David Sirota's most recent work "The Uprising." It often left me feeling incensed at our government's inclination to the status quo and then feeling relieved that there are still individuals working within our government who recognize and work for the greater good of the American people. "The Uprising" reads like a first person account or David Sirota's experience with each group. At the same time, this book fails to tie together the various uprisings it describes, common themes and methodology that works or does not work. It requires the reader to search and reread passages for this message. Very little is done to summarize all that has been read or build a conclusive point. If the book's design is a call to action for change its messages is as disorganized as the anti-war protest described in his book.
Samugul
It starts out great, the chapter on "The Thrilla in Montana" was a joy to read. Then the book seems to slide, and about half way through I gave up. I just couldn't stay interested. The author, somewhere about halfway through the third chapter, loses sight of what the book title suggests the book is about. Maybe I am being dismissive, but with so many books on modern politics it takes a great book to get a good review from me. This isn't that book.
Mananara
David Sirota has toured the country in pursuit of'The Uprising', an upwelling of anger at the destructive power of corporations in American political life. On the plus side, Sirota (currently a Montana resident, apparently) travels far from the coasts that dominate middle-class liberals' imagination. Sirota seems most comfortable with what I would describe as 'insider/outsiders', people with views outside of the centrism dominant among the punditocracy, but who have created some sort of establishment beachhead. Thus he finds a governor in Montana willing to confront the anti-tax pseudo-uprising with hardball tactics of his own. He praises the 'fusion-party' Working Families Party in New York State, who are increasingly a force statewide. He praises three Senators, Bernie Sanders (the 'socialist' from Vermont), Ohio's Sherrod Brown, and Montana's Jim Tester, who disregard the advice that the best strategy for Democrats is to act like polite Republicans. He admires shareholder activists who attempt to force Exxon Mobil to confront global warming. He is fascinated by Lou Dobbs 'mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore' routine. He is critical of the antiwar movement: United for Peace and Justice is portrayed as hopelessly 'outsider' in its protest-oriented strategy, while Americans Against Escalation in Iraq is too insidery, perhaps merely cynically adhering to an 'anti-war' rhetoric to score points for Democrats. The Minutemen, the militia which 'guards' the US border (i.e. harassing immigrants) are portrayed as nostalgic for their time in Vietnam, and somewhat as closeted racists (really?). Bloggers, and those trying to organize high tech workers also earn chapters. Throughout, Sirota draws inspiration from the writings of Saul Alinsky, who urged activists to be pragmatic and approach the world as it is, not as they wish it to be.

I didn't like this book too much, and not only because Sirota's efforts at humor often grated. More substantively, the case that these disparate phenomena constitute an anti-corporate uprising is weak. The chapters on Lou Dobbs and the Minutemen are particularly odd. He has to prod pretty hard to get the Minutemen to offer much anti-big money rhetoric (and while he seems clear that they are small business people, he laments, in Tom Frank style, that 'working class' whites are diverted from their natural class allies). And he is much too generous to Lou Dobbs, who is a racist creep. I tuned in to Lou Dobbs last night to see what I was missing. We were told that Sarah Palin was picked on unfairly for being an 'independent'. Viewers were urged to call in to congress to stop Obama's stimulus. This is an anti-corporate uprising?
Although the book has many chapters, as outlined above, it is as striking for what it leaves out as for what is included. Citywide coalitions organized by the Industrial Areas Foundation (ironically inspired by Saul Alinsky) to fight for living wages, are nowhere to be seen. Nor are the immigrant protests of 2006, which constituted the largest protest wave the US has seen in decades, included. Underlying these exclusions is the belief that 'real' politics in the US is the provenance of white people. When a blogger makes the indisputable observation that an ever declining proportion of Americans are familiar with small town life, Sirotta dismisses this as 'bourgeois'.
The chapter on the anti-war movement is marred by poor journalism. Sirota doesn't bother to actually talk to any of the leaders of UFPJ, who could have clarified some of his many misperceptions (that they do nothing but protest, that they don't care about the image they project, that they are the same as Naderites and ANSWER). He doesn't talk to anyone from ANSWER, either. I'm sure many in the anti-war movement who have denounced UFPJ for being too close to the Democratic Party would be amused to hear his descriptions of them as thoroughly outside that structure. This sloppiness speaks to a general 'leftphobia' on Sirotta's part. Like many liberals, he probably believes that any association with an anti-capitalist or anti-imperialist left will hopelessly taint his project. And so he focuses on Lou Dobbs, rather than the far more interesting Democracy Now!, which, with no corporate network backing, has developed a very considerable following (arguably in the ballpark of Lou himself). I think trying to build an uprising by ignoring people of color and the left is doomed. The uprisings of the thirties and the sixties had genuine lefts as central components. And the struggles of people of color were the driving force behind the latter. In any case, the smattering of tax proposals, shareholder activism and modest electoral successes described by Sirota doesn't constitute an uprising. If it does come, people with his sort of exclusionary mentality will have to be pushed out of the way.
Zut
David Sirota is a journalist who has also written Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government--And How We Take It Back and Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 2008 book, "Whether it is shareholders running resolutions against corporate boards, third parties shattering the two-party duopoly, legislators kicking down lobbyists in state capitals, bloggers orchestrating primary challenges to entrenched lawmakers, or armed, enraged suburbanites forming vigilante bands at our southern border, this uprising is not even close to unified... We're going to (try to) find out if a real movement will emerge from the uprising, like the amoeba that once crawled out of the primordial soup... we'll see how the disparate pieces of this uprising are all part of one enraged backlash---a backlash against the corporate takeover of our government by Big Money interests, the status quo of wealth inequality, the daily reminders of rampant profiteering, and the widespread sense of political disenfrancisement."

He observes that MoveOn.org wasn't just about telling Congress to "move on" from the drive to impeach President Clinton; "the organization was originally birthed to defend the Establishment---not to change it... to defend Democrats and the government itself from radical Republican revolutionaries trying to pull a coup d'etat." (Pg. 80) After summarizing some of the events of the Clinton years (such as the China trade pact, which was "stripped of environmental, labor, and human rights protections"), he says pessimistically, "Though Clinton famously claimed his presidency meant the 'era of big government' was over, really it was the 'era of big ideas' that had come to a close." (Pg. 132)

He summarizes the "gravitational dynamic that the conservative movement has mastered, but the populist uprising has yet to fully grasp. Right-wing think tanks and activist groups exist to place uncompromising pressure on Congress. They take positions far to the right of where Congress has the votes to go. That outside pressure enboldens conservative movement allies on the inside to stand firm... It's not an accident that neoconservatives basically pushed for a wholesale American takeover of the entire Middle East and ended up with one of their big goals: an invasion of Iraq." (Pg. 175)

Concerning the border patrols of the Minutemen, he states that "they market themselves as truly strengthening national security. But... their primary objective is to humiliate ... the U.S. Congress... into action." (Pg. 212)

It's unfortunate that Sirota's book was written too early to include the Tea Party movement, the Occupy movement, the Wisconsin workers' protests, etc. But it's still a fascinating survey of a group of populist protest groups and movements.
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