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Title:
How to overthrow the government
Author:
Huffington, Arianna Stassinopoulos, 1950-
Publication Information:
New York : Regan Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
xviii, 317 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780060393311
Format :
Book

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Summary

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to rise up in protest ...

When a handful of bull-market bullies and corporate profiteers amass vast fortunes while 35 million citizens languish in poverty ...

When average Americans decide they're sick of the burden of credit card-fueled lifestyles, tired of sending their children to violent, decaying schools, and sick and tired of sending corrupt, ineffectual career politicians back to Washington year after year to pander to their richest soft-money contributors . . .

When a majority of registered voters no longer have enough faith in our fat-cat "leaders" and their obsolete parties even to sbow up at the polls to replace them ...

When these truths become self-evident ...

Then the time has come to overthrow the government.

Arianna Huffington has earned a reputation as one of America's best-known and most independent political commentators, but this book will surprise even the most ardent followers of Beltway politics. In its pages she breaks away from the party-line platitudes of cynical Republicans and hypocritical Democrats alike and shines a harsh light on the real crises of contemporary America. Our democratic system has broken down, she contends. The two political parties have become indistinguishable. Their policies are feeble, their motives self-serving, their campaign tactics ruthless and insulting. And, as they kneel at the altar of profit, our nation's foundations are crumbling. Decay is everywhere: The physical decay of our cities and schools is matched by the moral decay of a drug industry that is allowed by politicians to push Prozac on children, a media industry that looks only for the next scandal, and a political industry that hypnotizes its candidates with polls, paralyzes them with smear tactics, and seduces them with carefully camouflaged cash.

How to Overthrow the Government, then, is Huffington's call to arms: a challenge to the average American to seize the government back from the special interests that now hold it hostage and restore control to the people themselves. From campaign finance reform to new voters' rights to grassroots Internet activism and civil disobedience campaigns, she calls for fresh and radical solutions to this national crisis--and offers a directory of local and national activist groups to contact that can help make it happen.

For if we are to preserve and protect our more perfect union, We the People must stand up and fight for our country--before it's too late.


Author Notes

Arianna Huffington was born on July 15, 1950, in Athens, Greece. She received an M.A. in economics from Cambridge University. She is the cofounder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post and a nationally syndicated columnist. She is the author of several books including The Female Woman, Third World America, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder which is a New York Times 2015 bestseller and The Sleep Revolution. She has also written biographies of Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso. She is the cohost of Left, Right and Center, public radio's political roundtable program.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Seasoned conservative political commentator Noonan (What I Saw at the Revolution, etc.) joins the anti-Hillary literary feeding frenzy with this scathing biographical essay. Addressing herself to the voting population of New York State, Noonan rails against "Clintonism"--which she defines as the using of any tactic to achieve a political goal, including "misleading constituents on serious and crucial issues," "evading responsibility for governmental mistakes," "smearing opponents and critics" and "lying"--as she begs New Yorkers not to elect the First Lady as their senator. But the book's unusually urgent purpose isn't the only thing that makes Noonan's text irregular: mirroring, in some ways, the controversial methods Edmund Morris employed in Dutch (his recent biography of Reagan, Noonan's former boss), Noonan mixes her thoroughly researched, nonfictive prose with confusingly presented fictional passages: invented internal monologues, "transcriptions" of speeches Hillary never made and the like. Noonan's rant occasionally falls flat, too--especially as she strains to make what are essentially ideological differences seem like commonsense, apolitical moral questions--and some of her most fiery points (such as her suggestion that the Clintons were the first politicians to distort the electoral process with spin and lies) ring hollow. Still, when she's not fictionalizing or psychologizing the First Lady, Noonan offers a searing analysis of what she sees as the emptiness of HRC's political platform and the mountain of questions about her past that remain unanswered. Relentlessly passionate and concise, Noonan--an extremely capable writer--lays out, in lively prose, the central complaints that New Yorkers will be hearing in the coming months from conservatives opposed to Mrs. Clinton's candidacy. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Maybe she's not our "boldest political commentator," but Huffington does tap into current disgust by arguing for change. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. A Tale of Two Nationsp. 1
2. The Rising Tide of Discontentp. 21
3. Voting for Dollarsp. 47
4. The Public Opinion Racketp. 72
5. Demolition Derby 2000p. 92
6. Two Parties As Onep. 126
A Case Study in Corruption: The War on Drugs--and the Drug Industry's War on Usp. 148
7. The Quest for Leadersp. 174
8. Our Body Politic, Ourselves: Restoring Civil Societyp. 195
9. The Long March of Campaign Finance Reformp. 218
10. Waking Up the Media Watchdogsp. 237
11. New Voters' Rightsp. 255
12. The Machine to Beat the Machinep. 270
Coda: A Call to Actionp. 279
Appendix A A State-by-State Road Map to Reformp. 286
A Call to Action Directoryp. 310
Acknowledgmentsp. 315