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Swim against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow Hardcover – March 1, 2008
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In 'Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow', Hightower, with his life-partner Susan DeMarco, takes a look at and urges actions concerning corrupt big business practices, the tainted political process and even the conduct of our private lives. Much of what he says is disturbing but it is always lightened by his down-home Will Rogers-like humor. It's not often that a book can put your stomach in a knot at the same time that you are laughing until tears roll down your cheeks.
Still, there is much here that is preaching to the choir. I suspect that the people who ought to read the book won't. But among those who do, perhaps it will stimulate some to get off their duffs and get deeply involved in the affairs of their community, state and country. I happen to live in a state, Vermont, where this is the modus operandi of more than the ordinary percentage of the citizenry and I can attest that citizen involvement makes life a helluva lot better than when you 'let someone else do it.'
Beginning with a look at business in the first section, the dubious history of greed, fraud, and lack of ethics in big corporations is not lost on anyone. In a refreshing change for the better, numerous examples are detailed here of people and organizations that have defied the odds to create successful businesses that are untouched by questionable influences. Cooperation and teamwork are basic fundamentals that reach far and wide in accomplishing so much and their benefits are explored here also.
Turning next to politics, this sometimes repugnant subject really needs no formal introduction. Immoral and unethical behavior of lobbyists and elected officials are firmly etched in our thoughts. Citizens are fed up and valuable changes are in progress. Four impressive programs described in this book are 'Clean Elections', `Democracy School', `Camp Wellstone', and `ACORN` (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). The impacts from these fine efforts have already had a positive political impact across the country. The underlying theme here is that the general public has the capacity to make these things happen. The process can be laborious at times with the gains coming slowly at first but the end results are positive and worth the efforts.
The last and probably most important focus is life itself. It begins with an unpleasant look at our deteriorating food industry but ends up on a positive note in that organic foods and farming are gaining huge popularity in America. The final issue is nature and how mankind is wreaking havoc on the environment. Global warming is a reality, it's not going away or getting better, and the public has to be the voice that facilitates change. The National Association of Evangelicals (NEA) and other groups are spotlighted here in the fight to save America's heritage and homeland.
I found 'Swim Against the Current' to be both educational and inspirational and the messages contained within are vitally important. This is a well written and thought provoking book, in my opinion, and I recommend it to everyone.