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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Get Up, Stand Up , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 22, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , non-fiction , politics. I picked up this book at Skylight today, after initially putting it on a display I made to highlight publishers participating in the Green Press Initiative of which Chelsea Green is one. I started to read the introduction and realized, in a mix of shock and delight with just a little dismay , that half the book I've been trying to formulate and write myself for the past 6 months was already sitting in front of me.
The same quote I centered part of my introduction and thinking around from Law I picked up this book at Skylight today, after initially putting it on a display I made to highlight publishers participating in the Green Press Initiative of which Chelsea Green is one.
The same quote I centered part of my introduction and thinking around from Lawrence Goodwyn's The Populist Moment was there, in Levine's introduction, staring straight up at me. Given that, I'm obviously quite curious about where the rest of the book goes. Hopefully will have a full review soon This is my shelf-talker in the store: "Why don't Americans fight back against state and corporate abuse?
Levine manages to examine and critique our "learned powerlessness" with a great deal of understanding and compassion, and provides some excellent ideas for how we might regain individual autonomy and collective power. Aug 27, Helen rated it liked it Recommends it for: Adults. I thought this book was enlightening - although sometimes a slog. The author is trying to draw an analogy between self-empowering individual psychology and that of a group.
This analogy is quite effective, and he draws together many strands into this argument of encouragement to all who many challenge the status quo and hope for a more humane, less cruel society. The point of this book is that mega corporations and wealthy donors have essentially taken over government, and run society to be I thought this book was enlightening - although sometimes a slog.
The point of this book is that mega corporations and wealthy donors have essentially taken over government, and run society to benefit themselves, while leaving crumbs to everyone else. It is extremely difficult to change this status quo, since all the levers of power government, the media, etc are in the hands of the elite.
However, the author doesn't end on a note of hopelessness - as the quote by Abraham Lincoln attests. Ten years before the Civil War, Lincoln doubted if the Southern slave-ocracy would ever be overturned because of the Southerners standing to see their wealth - as embodied in their slaves - multiply in value once territories were admitted as new slave States. Southern greed he thought then was far stronger than Northern Abolitionist morality. Nonetheless, slavery was eventually abolished. There are so many interesting passages in this book, such as: "While a charismatic politician can still garner a large turnout of voters who are angry with whichever party is in power, the majority of Americans appear resigned to the idea that they have no power over institutions that rule their lives.
When people are kept isolated from one another, they will not have their doubts about authority validated. The US government-corporate partnership's response to Cuba is an example of reprisals that have actually cost businesses money in lost financial opportunities in Cuba itself. But these reprisals have continued because it was deemed more important to send a threatening message to the world, which helps to ensure that labor and resources in the rest of the Americas, Africa, and Asia remain inexpensive and accessible to US corporations.
To the extent that people are controlled by lies, not only do they comply with the liar's version of reality, but by losing connection with reality, people lose a certain wholeness and the strength to resist.
Or people can so overreact to liars that they distrust everyone, which makes it impossible to form democratic movements. Television insiders know that it's these technical events in which viewers see and hear things that real life does not present that hypnotize people to watch.
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Those with the most money own most of what people see. Fear-based television programming makes people more afraid and distrustful of one another, which is good for an authoritarian society depending on a "divide and conquer" strategy. Television isolates people so they are not joining together to govern themselves. People become broken through both isolation and sensory derivation, and television creates both. Drinking water.
Meeting other people. Communicating with other people. It is also now "reasonable" for parents to pay to make their children more manageable and thereby not create tension for authorities.
In fundamentalist consumerism, one buys anything that makes one feel good and not feel bad. When one is living in a society in which virtually nothing is considered taboo to buy and sell, one is living in a fundamentalist consumer society. It was quite consciously manipulated via advertising by the burgeoning financial elite in the late s and early s.
While advertising had previously existed, a different kind of advertising was necessary in order to sell things to people that they really didn't need. This kind of advertising needed to be more psychologically astute. Far less important than the intrinsic value of the product was what psychological need it could satisfy for example, the need to be modern, cool, young, hip, attractive, and so forth.
In American culture, for example, there is no shame in being a person who manipulates children into pestering their parents into buying things that they don't need. It is the dream of all control freaks to have those whom they wish to control be completely dependent on them. Rand authored "The Virtue of Selfishness" and other best sellers It is in the interest of the elite to keep people divided and to keep them distrusting one another.
This is the beginning of the path to gaining collective self-confidence that they can overcome the elite.
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Every tyrant wants to demonize some other entity - be it an institution or a people - so as to deflect rebellion against itself. In reality, one major role of the US government in the corporatocracy is to serve as a scapegoat to deflect rebellion against the corporate elite.
If I am only for myself, what am I? And, if not now, when? British and German soldiers and officers in the filed spontaneously created their own truce. What frightened the elite was that the men in the field spontaneously took power and created the truces. That's democracy, and that is terrifying for the elite.
If democracy can break out on the elites' strongest turf - the military battlefield - then it can break out anywhere. The Alliance cooperatives were large, well thought out, and well organized. If we are not controlling government then the corporations will control government; and if there is no government at all, then corporations will directly control us. The real-deal populists at the end of the nineteenth century wanted to control government and to use it to severely restrict or eliminate the power of the financial elite.
Piven argues that " The modern corporatocracy had emerged, and by the end of the nineteenth century it was clear that a major role of the US government was to serve the interests of the corporate elite. These reforms included relief programs reaching 22 percent of the US population, the National Labor Relations Act providing legal protections for strikers, the Fair Labor Standards Act establishing national minimum wages and maximum hours, and Social Security legislation, among others.
But following the defeat of the British, the American elite created a Constitution and national government with the essential feature being, as [sociologist Frances Fox] Piven notes, "to wall off from electoral influence those parts of government hat performed functions essential to a commercial economy. Another role of the US government -- along with deflecting criticism from corporations and putting down uprisings -- is to wage wars deemed useful to the corporate elite. No young person should have to deal with student-loan debt.
It would be a simple matter of government shifting the money that it is now spending on private contractors in unnecessary wars. In , he stated: "The slaves of the South, at a moderate estimate are worth a thousand millions of dollars.
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Let it be permanently settled that this property may extend to new territory, without restraint, and it greatly enhances, perhaps quite doubles its value at once. This immense, palpable pecuniary interest on the question of extending slavery, unites the Southern people, as one man. But it can not be demonstrated that the North will gain a dollar by restricting it.
Moral principle is all or nearly all, that unites us of the North. Pity 'tis, it is so, but this is a looser bond, than pecuniary interest. Right here is the plain cause of their perfect union and our want of it. Mar 04, Margot rated it liked it Shelves: politics , social-criticism. Levine is at his best when he's offering a compassionate account of how American political malaise is not the result of people being ignorant, stupid, lazy, or immature, but because they have no reason to believe that there are meaningful actions they can take.