Politics of Anger
"An uprising is the middle state between the disengaged stasis that were used to and those very powerful, well-organized social movements, says author/columnist David Sirota. And this current uprising is not going to dissipate. People are just too angry. Tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street, Sirota will discuss and sign his new book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington. Extensively traveling the country, Sirota discovered that from Minutemen guarding the Mexican-American border to communist union organizers in Seattle, from anti-war marchers to Exxon-Mobile stockholders, unrest was ripe in the minds of rank-and-file folks of all political persuasions.
I think weve had historical uprisings that have gone in progressive and conservative directions, says Sirota. The best example is 1976. You had an outsider running for president right after a major corruption scandal. You had an impending energy crisis, a pending recession. This sounds exactly like whats going on today. We all feel like were at a progressive moment right now. And although Jimmy Carter won, the uprising was not represented in the administration. It just got more intense and very quickly turned into a conservative movement through the presidency of Ronald Reagan. My book basically concluded that this is a very high-stakes moment where the country could go in one direction or the other in a pretty intense way.
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