These two men say it like it is. Consider these words that start their 66 page manifesto:
Dear fellow citizens, It is our intent to denounce in this book the blindly wrongheaded course that has been set by our politicians, as well as the policies that will ultimately lead us to disaster.
It is our intent to chart a political path to national salvation.
It is our intent to declare a new hope.
Whew! These Frenchmen draw on their experiences to speak out about the problem of "finance capitalism" and its relationship to globalization, education, fellowship/community, homelessness, the Occupy movement, food security, sustainability, and more that requires a strong citizen movement. If I could I'd buy a copy for everyone I know. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time--full of hope, concrete action, and inspiration from men who make me think getting older is not so bad after all!
Very thought provoking book taking a position that you cannot rebuild the foundation and the fundamentals of our country with a large unemployed, underemployed, and less than hopeful middle class. Too much big business and money controlled by the top of the economic ladder only leads to breakdowns of the social, economic and political foundations and fundamentals of the US... Good read short and thoughts flow easily...
This is a beautifully produced book cum notebook - elegant, Moleskine-like and pretty nice to carry around in your pocket. The total pages include 8 leaves of notes, plus 8 pages of foreword and then 67 of the actual text - all in a very nice font and on smooth paper with rounded edges. The cover is velvety to the touch. Well worth the 8 US dollars. Other Press has done an exquisite job.
Jeff Madrick's foreword is pretty useful too - he gives good advice on how to read the book "One doesn't have to agree with everything they write ...", warns against the authors' simplifications "They simplify here" and against taking what they say too literally, as their plan is "too broad, too abstract". Phew. Just as well the foreword is there, otherwise we wouldn't know what to make of this complex treatise. "Frankly, sometimes they sound like bad ads," Madrick warns kindly, "but there is a kernel of truth".
I had to read Time for Outrage in French and German to get the message properly. I think I'll read the French edition of The Path to Hope, Le Chemin de l'Espérance, 64 pages, without a foreword.