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Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America Hardcover – August 7, 2012

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“A street-level look at the grassroots activism of independent politics…stand(s) alongside stand alongside the best political policy books of this presidential season.” ―The Daily Beast

“In Independents Rising Jackie Salit shares with lively stories her decades of experience in the trenches of outsider politics. Her first-hand narrative documents the extraordinary difficulty of organizing Independents and minor parties in the United States--and spells out her vision for how electoral politics must compete for Independent voters.” ―Theresa Amato, author of Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny

“As our elected officials have become increasingly partisan, many Americans have chosen to abandon their party affiliations and join the ranks of political independents. It's a major shift in the way we govern ourselves and Jackie Salit does an impressive job of describing how this change has taken place and its implications for the politics of the future.” ―Mickey Edwards, author of The Parties Versus The People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans

“The rise of independent voters is the most significant demographic shift in modern American politics. In Independents Rising, Jackie Salit gives her passionate personal perspective on this important and still emerging trend. It offers insight into both national and New York politics, a street-level view on the fight for election reform.” ―John Avlon, Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist and author of Independent Nation

“Jackie Salit has written the definitive book about Independents, Third Parties and a Post-Partisan America. I have learned much from Jackie and I believe you will too.” ―Doug Schoen, author of Hopelessly Divided, and coauthor of Mad As Hell

“A terrific and compelling history of independent voters in America. Salit is uniquely qualified to chronicle this story. The book will be a timely addition to the national discussion as the 2012 campaign kicks into high gear.” ―Thomas F. McClarty, former White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton

Independents Rising is an intimate insider's account of a growing grassroots movement by voters who are no longer willing to play traditional partisan roles. Read it and consider what it might take to have our government and elected leaders have an 80% approval rating!” ―Joan Blades, co-founder LivingRoomConversations.org, MomsRising.org and MoveOn.org

“As she explains the pitfalls of political life, the author demonstrates her expertise in the fight to give nonpartisan voters a more potent voice in the democratic process. Fighting against the strong political machines of a two-party system may seem Sisyphean now, but Salit's story of how well they've done so far inspires hope that one day they will succeed.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Earnest and informative . . . Covering both national and regional concerns, the book is strongest when it demystifies the movement itself . . . [INDEPENDENTS RISING] gives necessary voice to voters who are fed up with partisan politics and desire change.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The number of Independent voters is rising along with their discontent with both major political parties and what they have done to our political system. Independents are tired of the partisan polarization and dysfunction and want something different. From an inside perspective Jacqueline Salit describes the decades-long struggle for Independent voters to be recognized and make their voices heard.” ―Linda Killian, author of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents and senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

About the Author

Jacqueline S. Salit is the president of IndependentVoting.org, the country's leading strategy and organizing center for independents, with chapters in 40 states, and the publisher of The Neo-Independent magazine. Her political commentary has appeared in countless publications and she has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CBC, PBS, FOX and CSPAN. Salit is also a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated radio program The Fairness Doctrine and produced Talk/Talk with the late public philosopher Fred Newman. She lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230339123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230339125
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Independents Rising gives the reader a refreshing perspective of today's independent voter taken through a different lens. This isn't about how a political party sees independents, nor is it about how to organize or exploit them. It is about who they really are, and what the independent voter really wants.

The book doesn't try to define some overarching or simplifying truth about independent voters, and it doesn't do anything to trivialize the significance of the "rising" tide of independent thinking. There is some acknowledgement that we have all been taught in school about the "two party system" as though it is sacrosanct. But, if we think that, then we find some enlightenment about that assumption in this book.

It is an up close and personal account of events over a recent time frame, written so that the reader can see some of the grains of sand. But it does answer a number of very important questions at a higher level, for example: why does the independent voting landscape seem so messy or undefinable, is there something that independents really want.

If the reader is interested in a ride through recent history that points out the most important features of the "rising" landscape, this is your book.
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Jackie Salit is extremely involved and well spoken on the issue of Independents, people who don't want to associate with a political party and who advocate for political structural change in America. If you are unhappy with the two party system and all of the craziness that you witnessed during the presidential election of 2012 then this is a must read for you.
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This is a must-read book for those who care about effective governance in our Nation and who are grossly disappointed in the Democratic and Republican parties and their incapacity to govern. It isn't just incapacity, it's intention not to govern. We are individually and collectively the victims of this behavior.

For those of us who care deeply about the need to enact practicable approaches to our seemingly intractable problems, this quick read (not unlike a good detective story) is a valuable investment in understanding the post-partisan dynamics that have played on our national stage for many years. Dealing with contemporary efforts on behalf of the largest and fastest growing segment of voters in the nation--independent voters--the insider story revealed here enables those voters to appreciate the long and challenging road that got us to this point. It is a story we need to know.

Among other things, it:

* Demonstrates the incredible power of persistence, despite all odds.

* Reinforces a statement in a remarkable book written by the most respected management consultant of the last century, Peter Drucker (Managing in the Next Society). One of his memorable statements is "change is what people do; a fad is what they talk about." He was talking about changes in the world of for-profit businesses non-profit organizations. The independent voting movement is what people are increasingly doing in the area of civics.

* Justifies the consideration of Proposition 121 on November 6th 2012 by voters in Arizona. The message of change--real change--will have been delivered in Arizona, as it was in New York City during the first decade of the 21st century.
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I've gone through this book, it is a very fast read, in part because there is no real substance here. I list ten better books at the end. If you seek out my summary reviews you can get the gist of all that is not in this book by Jackie Salit.

After years of trying to understand Salit and her ostensible web site for IndependentVoting.org, I finally got it one day as I watched 30 non-profit and advocacy leaders struggle with the concept of transpartisanship.

In that moment I realized that they are all -- and certainly including Salit -- bound hand and foot to the concept of a two-party tyranny. They are comfortable with the corruption that they understand, and each limits themselves and their group to seeking a foot-hold within that very corrupt system.

Salit and Michael Bloomberg "made" each other, and this properly puts IndependentVoting.org, which does not stand for anything other than "give us a place at the table," in the Bloomberg/Wall Street circus act that includes NO LABELS, Americans Elect, former Comptroller David Walker with his movie and bus tour, and now the Bloomberg PAC that buys influence on Member at a time. All of this is TIRED.

Salit has had multiple chances -- as has Ron Paul and other third party presidents -- to break away from trying to do the wrong thing righter, and in each instance has failed to rise to the challenge. A national Electoral Reform Summit concluding with a Statement of Demand and an Occupation of every home office of every federal Senator and Representative, is the WIRED approach to changing the rules of the game.

There is nothing wrong with America the Beautiful that cannot be fixed by restoring the integrity of our electoral system and thence of our governance.
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