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Democracy's Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life Hardcover – November 7, 2005

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Lappe's germinal Diet for a Small Planet (1971) introduced social activism to American kitchens by teaching readers to think globally as they cook lo-cal. Her latest challenges citizens to nourish democracy itself by rejecting the "thin democracy" of private interests and concentrated power in favor of "living democracy" fueled by engaged communities pursuing social justice in the public interest. Although the essential ingredient of Lappe's activism remains unchanged--the power of motivated individuals to effect meaningful change--this book is more self-help book than cookbook, its recipes replaced by bullet-point lists itemizing strategies for getting out of the house and taking control of one's latent political power. Although clearly leavened by recent political developments, this account offers little political analysis that hasn't already been well covered by left-leaning commentators. Yet its concrete, if anecdotal, examples of individuals' successful efforts in their communities offer practical inspiration in a way more theoretical arguments occasionally overlook. Readers ready to get their feet wet will also find the appended material useful, particularly the regionally organized directory of advocacy groups. Brendan Driscoll
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"There is a small number of people in every generation who are forerunners in thought, action, spirit, who swerve past the barriers of greed and power to hold a torch high for the rest of us. Frances Moore Lappé is one of those. Her writing has done that again and again. Here, in her latest work, she brings the familiar eloquency of expression, simplicity of language, poetic and passionate, to our nation’s most urgent problem, the reclaiming of democracy."
--Howard Zinn, author, A People’s History of the United States

"Make no mistake, this is a very powerful book, and its scope and vision are huge. In this century you will see the job of citizens is to keep their mouth open and their capacity to be heard in every discussion that will shape their lives. This book about finding our voices where everyone concerned about democracy, are no longer merely passive onlookers but dedicated participants Democracy’s Edge, thank God, is beautifully written. It gives us the language we need to reclaim our democracy and for seeing where our real democracy lies—in the grassroots, in the communities where creative solutions to social problems are a-plenty. Please, please, please make this audacious book a priority, for it is written with the most careful and tender feelings about what we are all so near to losing – our democracy."
--Dame Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

"America is lost in a gnarled thicket of bought politicos, corporate con men and media hucksters. But we’re lucky: Lappé has drawn the map that will get us out alive. Read it and get going"
--Greg Palast, author, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

"Our country is suffering from a serious 'democratic deficit.' a widening gulf between public opinion and public policy—and what ails America necessarily ails the world. A great many people do not like what is happening to their lives and their country, and what is being done in their name, but feel isolated and helpless, victims of forces beyond their control. With the clear thinking, plain talk, and penetrating insight that we have come to expect from her work, Frances Moore Lappé confronts these fundamental problems directly and constructively. It is both a guide to the perplexed, and a guide to action."
--Noam Chomsky

"Lappé is a pioneer in democratic thought and action."
--Cornel West, University Professor of Religion, Princeton University

"Extraordinary, Frances Moore Lappé, the brilliant woman who broke upon the story of global hunger with her Diet for a Small Planet, has now burst forth with a provocative and exciting new approach to reviving democracy. She reminds us that a robust and wholesome democracy is what delivers a good life to a nation’s citizenry. Her challenge to us is to reinvigorate our thinking, to take individual actions, and to participate every day as citizens. She offers hope for those of us who believe that civic society is at the root of a health government."
--Amy Domini, founder and CEO, Domini Social Investments

"Frances Moore Lappé believes deeply that true democracy is more than simply as set of institutions or a political system. It is the active engagement and voice of ordinary citizens in the decisions that shape their lives and communities. Democracy’s Edge is an exciting and hopeful account of the rebirth of a living American democracy as people connect with each other around the country to solve problems and build a better society. An important part of that rebirth is a new and growing movement by people of faith who are putting their faith into action for the common good."
--Jim Wallis, author, Gods Politics and editor, Call to Renewal

"I am invigorated by this book. Lappé’s idea of drawing the corporation into democracy’s fold is a challenge I hope all of us will take up as our own. There is no more important task for us to embrace today."
--Marjorie Kelly, editor, Business Ethics, and author, The Divine Right of Capital 

"With an abundance of inspiring, well-told stories, Lappé sweeps the disempowering myth that an individual can’t make a difference and demonstrates that democracy is a living practice. Essential reading for all who believe that democracy in America would be a good idea."
--David C. Korten, board chair, YES! A Journal of Positive Futures 

"Frankie Lappé has a gift for synthesizing complex ideas into accessible and inspiring simplicity. Living Democracy is an excellent primer on what our democracy was intended to be, where it went astray, and what needs to happen (and is in fact already happening below the radar of mainstream media) for democracy to come alive. Read, take hope and take action!"
--Nina Utne, chair, Utne Magazine


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787943118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787943110
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Schultz on November 4, 2005
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Democracy's Edge is about real people, and about making democracy real. From America's rural heartland to our largest cities, Frances Moore Lappe chronicles the actions of ordinary people whom she has met and interviewed, who are taking action to improve things in their communities. Democracy's Edge is a combination of practical information on issues, telling the story of various communities, and a hopeful yet pragmatic visioning. It reminds me of another great American writer and commentator, Studs Terkel. It is an important work for anyone interested in building a democracy -- a society in which people hold the power to govern.
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This is an astonishing assembly of evidence that the news of democracy's demise has been greatly exaggerated. If you want to get excited about what your fellow citizens are doing out of the limelight of the mainstream "news" media, this book will hit the spot. Although Lappe has herself been a significant figure in grassroots progressive work for decades, and her experience clearly informs the conceptual framework she uses, this book is really about the work of an amazing array of others, and what can happen when we work together. It made me feel like cheering out loud.
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Frances Moore Lappe beautifully transcends partisan politics in this third book of a trilogy about making a difference in one's life and the lives of others (Hope's Edge, You Have the Power: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Fear being the first two; I highly recommend reading them in that order). It was exciting for me to read about people who have successfully moved beyond apathy and into action to better the world. Bravo!
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Frances Moore Lappé has done it again. After publishing Diet for a Small Planet (1971) I thought Lappé's search for the root causes of hunger were complete. In that watershed publication, she illuminated the true social and economic costs of corporate farming, carefully outlining how advertising and lobbying in Congress can work together to create a system that does not promote human or ecosystem health and well being for people here or abroad.

Now, in Democracy's Edge, Lappé shares another deeply insightful analysis of how we are in danger of losing our democratic way of life by the steady erosion of individual rights, biased media information, and attenuation of our voices in government. While she sees us at a critical juncture at which we might lose our democratic way of life, Lappé has done her homework again and personally interviewed people and organizations that are engaged in "living democracy" - a process, a verb, not a noun.

She debunks the idea that we are a divided nation and shares information poles that show most Americans, whether Republican or Democrat, are concerned about the same things: the economy, the environment, healthcare, and the right to balanced and complete information.

Lappé gives us a new lexicon of definitions for words like democracy, conservative, and liberal - and a fresh perspective about power. Throughout the book, Frances Moore Lappé illustrates how corporations have grown into the very fabric of our lives, and how they have defined for us who we are, what we like or don't like, and then why we can't change it.
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Lappe uses head, heart, and hard facts to inspire action

In Frances Moore Lappe's Democracy's Edge, she challenges every one of us to move beyond inertia and complaints about the way things are. Armed with indisputable facts, she exposes corporate, legal, economic and social injustices while providing us with example after example of ordinary citizens whose voices and actions have changed the status quo and improved the condition of their communities.
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There are some excellent reviews of this book, so I will summarize the key points briefly and then point to the top ten books on my Transpartisan Democracy list.

This is a delightful, thoughtful read that is totally transpartisan in spirit, and joins other books like Escaping the Matrix and Society's Breakthrough in setting the stage for a non-violent restoration of We the People as the working owners of the Republic.

The author distinguishes between thin and living democracy, points out that democracy is a process, and you must live it or lose it. The two appendices are superb, one on competing frames (one page) and one on restoring the meaning of language for democracy (3 pages). I recommend taking a look at them before reading the book itself.

I have a note in my margin, "Lappe for President." Seriously. Lappe, not Hillary Clinton, and certainly not Condi Rice, is precisely the kind of Epoch B leader we need right now, someone who can energize Wisdom Councils at every level, and convene Global Intelligence Councils and Global Policy Councils on the ten threats, twelve policies, and eight players other than the EU and the US (see my comment for a URL).

I absolutely agree with her that poverty is caused by a lack of democracy. Dictators and Wall Street have created a class war in which the few are looting the natural resources of the many, and it is time we put a stop to that, to include disbanding the World Bank, the IMF, and the World Trade Organization.

She says that voice is the heart of democracy, and that a culture of connection is now being woven (see Blessed Unrest, Tao of Democracy, and Society's Breakthrough).
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