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Dare for Democracy: Nine Steps to Ignite Power and Connection

Originally published on Beacon Broadside on 09/27/2017 Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen’s Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want offers the hope and empowerment we need during a divisive and wrenching moment in our history. While many may feel voiceless and powerless in the face of an administration working to dismantle civil liberties and our very notion of democracy, Lappé and Eichen argue that standing up for democracy is necessary—and that it can provide us with a much-needed feeling of power. Together they lay out the history and players in the Anti-Democracy movement, explore the strategies needed to reclaim democracy, and introduce us to t

Trump and the Battle for Human Nature

Originally published by Fusion Magazine on 9/8/2017 Photo: Goddess of Democracy by laihiuyeung ryanne (originally posted to Flickr as 民主女神像) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Feeling blindsided, baffled, or just bewildered, Americans are asking, How did we get here? New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat likens the experience of observing Republican dysfunction to seeing “a calf born with two heads…watching something that the laws of politics or nature should not permit to exist.” But watching the unthinkable unfold, we can’t just throw up our hands. It’s impossible to chart our way out unless we can trace the trail taking us here, an

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