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Get up, stand up : uniting populists, energizing the defeated, and battling the corporate elite /
Bruce E. Levine.
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White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green Pub., c2011.
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246 p.
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1603582983 (pbk.), 9781603582988 (pbk.)
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imprint
White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green Pub., c2011.
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1603582983 (pbk.)
9781603582988 (pbk.)
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7605312
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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First Chapter
Get Up, Stand Upis a powerful call to action that inspires us to take our country back. . . . This comprehensive analysis of how modern corporatocracy robber barons stole the US (and most of the world) is a must read for all who resonate with Levine's belief that We the People have the power and the responsibility to overthrow the ruling elite.--John Perkins, New York Timesbest-selling author of Hoodwinked, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and The Secret History of the American Empire
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-05-15:
Dissident psychologist Levine (Surviving America's Depression Epidemic) contrasts American political apathy to the popular revolts in many countries against harmful policies pushed by the power elite. He diagnoses the numerous maladies that make ordinary Americans feel powerless in the face of "tyrannical corporatocracy"-from too much corporate-controlled news and entertainment and overprescription of antidepressant and attention deficit disorder medications to the decline of organized labor and the lack of real economic differences between our two dominant political blocs. Levine argues that ordinary folk on both the right and the left can find common ground, much like the populists who united disparate strands of anticorporatism and antielitism to storm the economic heights of the Gilded Age. Levine prescribes a mixture of education, protest, promotion of independent economic institutions, and revival of the belief that Americans can once again control their own future rather than meekly accept the dictates of the corporate powers that be. VERDICT A compelling alternative look at today's unsettled U.S. political circumstances through the lens of social psychology, this will be attractive to those who already feel alienated and those looking for new ways to make sense of our changing world.-Duncan Stewart, Univ. of Iowa Libs., Iowa City (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"As you read Bruce Levine's rousing Get Up, Stand Up, inevitably you will be reminded of Thomas Paine's Common Sense, which served as a rallying cry for the colonialists to take action against their British rulers. Today, Levine argues, Americans are ruled by a tyrannical 'corporatocracy'-i.e. government by big business and for big business-and his analysis of why the American people remain so passive in the face of such tyranny is smart, lucid, and passionate. Readers will also find, in his proposals for how the 'people' today can stand up and 'do battle' with the corporatocracy, a stirring call for action that surely needs to be heard."--Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic and Mad in America
As you read Bruce Levine's rousing Get Up, Stand Up , inevitably you will be reminded of Thomas Paine's Common Sense , which served as a rallying cry for the colonialists to take action against their British rulers. Today, Levine argues, Americans are ruled by a tyrannical "corporatocracy"-i.e. government by big business and for big business-and his analysis of why the American people remain so passive in the face of such tyranny is smart, lucid, and passionate. Readers will also find, in his proposals for how the "people" today can stand up and "do battle" with the corporatocracy, a stirring call for action that surely needs to be heard. --Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic and Mad in America
"Bruce Levine attempts to wake us from our collective political stupor, our anesthetized resignation to corporate rule. Get Up, Stand Up inspires hope that together we can regain our self-respect and create the families, communities and, perhaps, the country we once dreamed possible." --Oryx Cohen, Director of the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center
"Bruce Levine attempts to wake us from our collective political stupor, our anesthetized resignation to corporate rule. Get Up, Stand Up inspires hope that together we can regain our self-respect and create the families, communities and, perhaps, the country we once dreamed possible."--Oryx Cohen, Director of the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center
"Bruce Levine's intriguing new book examines how emotional suffering is interwoven with political disempowerment. He has taken our discussion of mental health out of the doctor's office and put it back where it belongs: in the community." --Will Hall, host of Madness Radio and co-founder of Freedom Center
"Bruce Levine's intriguing new book examines how emotional suffering is interwoven with political disempowerment. He has taken our discussion of mental health out of the doctor's office and put it back where it belongs: in the community."--Will Hall, host of Madness Radio and co-founder of Freedom Center
"Feeling politically demoralized? You're not alone. In his latest book, Get Up, Stand Up , Bruce Levine provides not only the diagnosis for our country's seeming paralysis, but also a very strong antidote." --Steve Clark, Walking and Bicycling Program Manager, Transit for Livable Communities, Minneapolis
"Feeling politically demoralized? You're not alone. In his latest book, Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine provides not only the diagnosis for our country's seeming paralysis, but also a very strong antidote."--Steve Clark, Walking and Bicycling Program Manager, Transit for Livable Communities, Minneapolis
" Get Up, Stand Up is a powerful call to action that inspires us to take our country back. . . . This comprehensive analysis of how modern corporatocracy robber barons stole the US (and most of the world) is a must read for all who resonate with Levine's belief that We the People have the power and the responsibility to overthrow the ruling elite." --John Perkins, New York Times best-selling author of Hoodwinked, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man , and The Secret History of the American Empire
"Get Up, Stand Up is a powerful call to action that inspires us to take our country back. . . . This comprehensive analysis of how modern corporatocracy robber barons stole the US (and most of the world) is a must read for all who resonate with Levine's belief that We the People have the power and the responsibility to overthrow the ruling elite."--John Perkins, New York Times best-selling author of Hoodwinked, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and The Secret History of the American Empire
"In an era when most political commentary has degenerated into self-satisfied carping and smug Monday morning quarterbacking, Bruce E. Levine breaks out of this intellectual paralysis with a clarion call for a new kind of politics. Levine offers a progressive user's manual for reclaiming our government from the stranglehold of corporate greed and rightwing paranoia. As an antidote to apathy, Get Up, Stand Up is worthy of Bob Marley, which is very high praise indeed. Read it, absorb it, act on it." --Jeffrey St. Clair, co-editor, CounterPunch , and author of Born Under a Bad Sky
"In an era when most political commentary has degenerated into self-satisfied carping and smug Monday morning quarterbacking, Bruce E. Levine breaks out of this intellectual paralysis with a clarion call for a new kind of politics. Levine offers a progressive user's manual for reclaiming our government from the stranglehold of corporate greed and rightwing paranoia. As an antidote to apathy, Get Up, Stand Up is worthy of Bob Marley, which is very high praise indeed. Read it, absorb it, act on it."--Jeffrey St. Clair, co-editor, CounterPunch, and author of Born Under a Bad Sky
"Over the years, I have been astounded at the way mainstream, hardworking, formerly self-sufficient Americans have meekly accepted being screwed by big business, Wall Street and their elected officials. I have wondered, why hasn't there been an uprising over the looting of mainstream America by big business and Wall Street, facilitated by Congress? Through his brilliant analysis, psychologist Bruce Levine explains the process by which mainstream America has become demoralized and docile, how those in power maintain that power, and what it will take to turn things around. Anyone who cares about the decline of mainstream America should read this book. Anyone who wants to do something about the decline of mainstream America must read this book."--Jim Gottstein, President/CEO Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
"Over the years, I have been astounded at the way mainstream, hardworking, formerly self-sufficient Americans have meekly accepted being screwed by big business, Wall Street and their elected officials. I have wondered, why hasn't there been an uprising over the looting of mainstream America by big business and Wall Street, facilitated by Congress? Through his brilliant analysis, psychologist Bruce Levine explains the process by which mainstream America has become demoralized and docile, how those in power maintain that power, and what it will take to turn things around. Anyone who cares about the decline of mainstream Americashouldread this book. Anyone who wants to do something about the decline of mainstream Americamustread this book." --Jim Gottstein, President/CEO Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
"We are living in a land in which corporate power buys as many politicians as it needs, unjust laws shovel money to the rich, and media substitute entertainment for information. Yet Bruce Levine dares to show how we can reclaim our deadened souls, regain integrity and passion, and begin to change a political system we have let numb us into resigned helplessness." --Rev. Davidson Loehr, author of America, Fascism, and God
"We are living in a land in which corporate power buys as many politicians as it needs, unjust laws shovel money to the rich, and media substitute entertainment for information. Yet Bruce Levine dares to show how we can reclaim our deadened souls, regain integrity and passion, and begin to change a political system we have let numb us into resigned helplessness."--Rev. Davidson Loehr, author of America, Fascism, and God
We are living in a land in which corporate power buys as many politicians as it needs, unjust laws shovel money to the rich, and media substitute entertainment for information. Yet Bruce Levine dares to show how we can reclaim our deadened souls, regain integrity and passion, and begin to change a political system we have let numb us into resigned helplessness. --Rev. Davidson Loehr, author of America, Fascism, and God
"With this book, Bruce Levine reinvents the old saw 'the personal is political.' Healthy people make up a healthy movement, and Get Up Stand Up is full of both hope and practical solutions." --Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U and Generation Debt
"With this book, Bruce Levine reinvents the old saw 'the personal is political.' Healthy people make up a healthy movement, and Get Up Stand Up is full of both hope and practical solutions."--Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U and Generation Debt
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Summaries
Main Description
Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. In Get Up, Stand Up , Bruce Levine offers an original and convincing explanation for this passivity. Many Americans are deeply demoralized by decades of oppressive elitism, and they have lost confidence that genuine democracy is possible. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created fatalism. When such fatalism and defeatism set in, truths about social and economic injustices are not enough to set people free.However, the situation is not truly hopeless. History tells us that for democratic movements to get off the ground, individuals must recover self-respect, and a people must regain collective confidence that they can succeed at eliminating top-down controls. Get Up, Stand Up describes how we can recover dignity, confidence, and the energy to do battle. That achievement fills in the missing piece that, until now, has undermined so many efforts to energize genuine democracy. Get Up, Stand Up details those strategies and tactics that oppressed peoples have successfully employed to gain power. We the People can unite, gain strength, wisely do battle, and wrest power away from the ruling corporate-government partnership (the "corporatocracy"). Get Up, Stand Up explains how.
Main Description
Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers an original and convincing explanation for this passivity. Many Americans are deeply demoralized by decades of oppressive elitism, and they have lost confidence that genuine democracy is possible. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created fatalism. When such fatalism and defeatism set in, truths about social and economic injustices are not enough to set people free. However, the situation is not truly hopeless. History tells us that for democratic movements to get off the ground, individuals must recover self-respect, and a people must regain collective confidence that they can succeed at eliminating top-down controls. Get Up, Stand Up describes how we can recover dignity, confidence, and the energy to do battle. That achievement fills in the missing piece that, until now, has undermined so many efforts to energize genuine democracy. Get Up, Stand Up details those strategies and tactics that oppressed peoples have successfully employed to gain power. We the People can unite, gain strength, wisely do battle, and wrest power away from the ruling corporate-government partnership (the "corporatocracy"). Get Up, Stand Up explains how.
Main Description
Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. InGet Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers an original and convincing explanation for this passivity. Many Americans are deeply demoralized by decades of oppressive elitism, and they have lost confidence that genuine democracy is possible. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created fatalism. When such fatalism and defeatism set in, truths about social and economic injustices are not enough to set people free. However, the situation is not truly hopeless. History tells us that for democratic movements to get off the ground, individuals must recover self-respect, and a people must regain collective confidence that they can succeed at eliminating top-down controls.Get Up, Stand Updescribes how we can recover dignity, confidence, and the energy to do battle. That achievement fills in the missing piece that, until now, has undermined so many efforts to energize genuine democracy. Get Up, Stand Updetails those strategies and tactics that oppressed peoples have successfully employed to gain power. We the People can unite, gain strength, wisely do battle, and wrest power away from the ruling corporate-government partnership (the "corporatocracy").Get Up, Stand Upexplains how.
Main Description
The Majority of Americans oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bristle at Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. Why aren't we all out in the streets? In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers radical new insights into the epidemic of political passivity in America. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created helplessness and fatalism. When such defeatism sets in, truths about economic injustices and lost liberties are not enough to set people free.
Table of Contents
The People Divided Versus the Corporatocracy in Controlp. 1
The Corporatocracy in Controlp. 4
The People Dividedp. 8
Are the People Broken?p. 13
The 1999 Battle of Seattlep. 16
The 2000 US Presidential Electionp. 17
The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraqp. 21
Wall Street Bailoutp. 24
Health Care Reformp. 27
The Election of Barack Obamap. 29
Labor Unions and Demoralized Working Peoplep. 31
The Tea Party Movementp. 34
Who, in Large Numbers, Is Fighting for Social justice?p. 38
Light Resistance to Major Oppressionp. 40
Demoralized, Disorganized, Broken, or What?p. 43
Prelude to Battle: Understanding How the People Learned Powerlessnessp. 47
Psychological Principles and Techniques for Breaking a Populationp. 48
Television, Technology, and Zombificationp. 60
Helplessness in the Age of Isolation, E-Relationships, and Bureaucratizationp. 65
Broken by Fundamentalist Consumerism and Advertising/Propagandap. 69
Student-Loan Debt and Indentured Servitudep. 75
The Normalization of Surveillancep. 82
The Decline of Labor Unions and the Loss of Power for Working Peoplep. 83
Moneyism, Money-Centric Culture, and Weaknessp. 89
How Schools Teach Powerlessnessp. 95
Noncompliance as a Mental Illnessp. 100
Elitism Trainingp. 109
Liars, Hypocrites, Egomaniacs, and the Corporate Mediap. 112
The US Electoral System and Learned Helplessnessp. 115
Energy to Do Battle: Liberation Psychology, Individual Self-Respect, and Collective Self-Confidencep. 121
Critical Thinking and Moralep. 122
Energizing People: Morality and Other Fuelsp. 127
Healing from ôBattered People's Syndromeö and ôCorporatocracy Abuseöp. 131
Combating Social Isolation and Building Communityp. 136
Individual Self-Respect and Empowermentp. 140
Focus on the Non-Fascist Family: Creating Respectful Relationshipsp. 143
Liberation Psychologyp. 145
Forging an Alliance among Populistsp. 152
Inspiration to Overcome Distrustp. 158
Collective Self-Confidence: Solidarity and Successp. 161
Winning the Battle: Solutions, Strategies, and Tacticsp. 166
Lessons from the Great Populist Revoltp. 166
Modern Electoral Politics: Wise or Unwise Battlefield?p. 173
The Strategy and Tactics of Disruptionp. 176
Are Protest Demonstrations Effective?p. 182
The Power of Divorcep. 188
Twenty-first-Century Abolitionism: Ending Student-Loan Debt Servitudep. 194
Workplace Democracy: Worker and Other Co-operativesp. 200
Helpful and Harmful Small Victories and Compromisesp. 204
Crossing the Final Dividep. 207
Notesp. 211
Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Indexp. 235
About the Authorp. 246
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