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

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

  • Title: The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington
  • Author: DavidSirota
  • ISBN: 9780307395634
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 qAn 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. After Nov. 4, The Uprising is somewhat out of date, but it still contains enough interesting anecdotes to make it worth reading for anyone following the nation's shifting political winds.Sirota covers various populist movements on both the left and the right – from anti-tax efforts in Montana to anti-war groups in Washington to anti-immigration militias in California – all of them aimed at taking down The Establishment. But you won't find any objectivity here. Sirota's blatant bias undermine [...]

    2. Technically well written; the facts notwithstanding. I guess I don't know what I was expecting really. An author comes to the border with a history of writing left leaning material and goes away with a hatchet job on a patriotic American effort. I should have known but then again the Minutemen have had more than 100 authors, TV crews, newspapers, filmmakers and documentarians visit Camp Vigilance in the last three years and not once did they come away with a negative impression. Even the most ha [...]

    3. Lately, I've been hearing and seeing David Sirota everywhere, on NPR radio shows, on Salon and elsewhere, criticizing President Obama for failing to deliver the kind of radical economic policies he had hoped for. For more on his views, I turned to this book. Sirota contends that millions of Americans are full of rage at an economic system that is blatantly unjust, delivering the vast bulk of its rewards to a few at the top. So far, I'm with him -- and I give him credit because he appears to have [...]

    4. I think that David Sirota's "The Uprising" is misnamed. It should really be called "Political Power 101", as Sirota does an excellent job of providing an introduction to how political power really works. Ostensibly, Sirota is interested in looking at political power from a particular angle--what he calls the "uprising", but Sirota himself as much as admits that this uprising is fairly ill-defined. This confusion is my only real complaint with the book.On the other hand, the vagueness of Sirota's [...]

    5. Title doesn't quite match the book itself. I mean, this book was written and published before the financial crisis, and Wall Street and Washington wasn't quite scared of "the people" as implied in the title. Wall Street and DC got scared with the math -- that 2 + 2 did not equal $160 billion at the end of the day. Who was paying attention to the people he described in the book before the fall of 2008? More appropriate title should be "my musing on the crap I saw working in politics." Don't get m [...]

    6. Saw and talked to Sirota at Elliot Bay Books tonight and was surprisingly impressed. He's not just another glib blowhard who worked on Capitol Hill for a while and is now cashing in (having worked on the Hill, I've seen that and am skeptical that it's what people are doing). Agree with him that economic populism wins and Dems are wrong to run from economic liberalism. Also think he makes sense that people have been voting against their own economic interests because they perceive no difference b [...]

    7. Political organizer and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist David Sirota's first book, Hostile Takeover, was a New York Times bestseller. Sirota blogs at credoaction/sirota, and his column runs weekly in the Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Seattle Times, as well as in other newspapers. He is a senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future and the founder of the Progressive States Network-both nonpartisan research institutions. Sirota discusses his new book The Uprising: An U [...]

    8. THe amazing thing about this book is that it was written in 2007 BEFORE the wall Street bailout, housing collapse, Tea party formation, and Occupy Wall Street movement. Its like looking in a crystal ball. The author, a former congressional aide who calls himself left of center, chronicles modern day populist movements on the left and right. He also calls for various reforms to strip the overwhelming power of corporations and solutions for getting democracy back in the hands of the citizens. He t [...]

    9. This is a good exploration of a variety of grassroots movements all over the USA showing how individuals are actually standing up and doing something about the corporate-government machine which serves the elite and not the people they represent. While I don't agree with some of the movements (ie, citizens patrolling the US-Mexico border with guns and perpetuating racism, while failing to see that corporate and government policies in that country and others lead to poverty and destruction which [...]

    10. I stumbled across this book and found that it has many answers to the questions journalists are asking today about the popularity of the outsider candidacies of Trump, Carson, etc. America's dissatisfaction with the status quo has deep roots and the search for solutions has largely failed to meet expectations. Although Sirota expects the discontent he finds in many places will lead to change, the results have been disappointing because populism seems to remain issue oriented. If what was happeni [...]

    11. Sirota is the real-deal as far as progressive journalists go. His ideas are fresh and far-reaching, even appealing to the economic populism of Lou Dobbs. But make no mistake, Sirota is uncompromisingly left-wing, and does it better than most of us. He is definitely a step above the rest, and The Uprising is a refreshing reminder of the movement that we are building, and the movement that we should continue to build.I had the chance to interview him on some populist themes and things that he didn [...]

    12. Sirota's a bit too fond of Alinsky for my prejudices. That said, he does give a good tour of the disparate elements (both on the right and the left) rising up against the way business and politics is done in the US.His treatment of Danny Cantor's efforts in NY state as the executive director of the Working People's Party (did I get the name right?) left me quite hopeful. Cantor is a skilled, intelligent organizer. The first chapter on Montana's Senator, Jon Tester, should be required reading for [...]

    13. If David Sirota can write a best seller, so can I. It's interesting how he pulls together some of the similarities of the different populist movements but I'm distracted by his critique for how the movements are organized (he goes into more detail about the structure of the progressive movement because he's more invested in that movement). Basically he finds the progressive organizational structure too top down and not democratic. I agree, but he doesn't offer a solution. How would he restructur [...]

    14. Jacket: 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.

    15. This is a good reality check to remind you how off-course Washington and electoral politics have become vis a vis the concerns of actual people in this country. It's not terribly scientific, but I do think he's tapped into a real phenomenon (a sort of trans-ideological discontent) with this book. I just wish he would stop capitalizing things in attempts to create his own buzzwords--it gets tired by the later chapters.

    16. Whether you agree with David Sirota's point of view on political issues, you have to respect the work he puts in to doing real investigative journalism, something that happens far too rarely these days. Fortunately for me I happen to agree with much of what Sirota says, and so this book was real pleasure for me to read and gave a great inside look at things that don't often get much attention.

    17. This is a great book about grassroots activities. It covers left and right. Great explanations about why things do or don't work. The most important thing is he shows the commonality between this disparate groups.

    18. Refreshingly wide ranging examples of populist activism. Sirota doesn't hide his own leanings, but does a fine job showing the common threads for successful movements. The common stumbling blocks, too.

    19. After listening to David Sirota debate Grover Norquist, and soundly trouncing GN. I had to go and hear him at Elliot Bay. After listening to his point of view on the current state of America, I had to buy the book.So far, it is very interesting.

    20. Saw this author interviewed about this book on The Colbert Report. Sounded like it was right up my alley. He's also the author of the NY Times Bestseller, Hostile Takeover. So we'll see ! ;-)

    21. Prelude to the development of the WFP and labor's role in gov't. Socialist banter but he called it correctly given recent events.

    22. Excellent, clearly written analysis of this moment in America. Looks at multiple ways that discontent with a corrupt political process is expressing itself.

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