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Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite


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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.

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"Are Americans a Broken People?" Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist and frequent writer on political matters, asked in a 2009 web article, meditating on the problem of American political passivity in the face of attacks on their liberties and their economic well-being. In this work, he expands on that article, exploring the cultural and psychological reasons many Americans feel politically demoralized and considering the means of regaining the individual self-respect and collective self-confidence that are prerequisites for building mass democratic politics (based on a populism transcending right/left divisions) that can overcome the current control of the American political system by elites. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Bruce E. Levine is the author of Surviving America's Depression Epidemic and Commonsense Rebellion. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, CounterPunch, AlterNet, and Z Magazine, and his articles and interviews have been published in Adbusters, The Ecologist, High Times, and numerous other magazines. Dr. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist often at odds with the mainstream of his profession, also gives talks and workshops. His website is

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rnbeal, April 7, 2011 (view all comments by rnbeal)
I don't know of a stronger message than Get Up. Nor is there a more debilitating context than the widespread apathy/depression addressed in this book (and in the author's previous book). The surprise ending: it feels good when you do it.
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zmtak, March 17, 2011 (view all comments by zmtak)
It's hard to not feel passive and resigned. Government does not exist for the little people. It's all about power, money and influence peddling. I had high hopes for Obama, but, in my opinion, he's been ineffective and demurring. In a 2 party system, if one party just goes along (the Democrats), what choice is there? It amounts to the lesser of two evils. Neither party represents the majority. How can a person not feel resigned? overwhelmed? cynical? powerlessness? What can be done? Do you really think that your vote makes a difference?
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Levine, Bruce E
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Levine, Bruce E.
Politics-United States Politics
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