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Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries

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In Give Me Liberty, author Naomi Wolf follows up her 2007 must-read The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot with a handbook designed to teach each of us how to take back our democracy.

As we citizens yield more of our rights to a government that is becoming more fascist than democratic, Wolf strikes a battle cry and demonstrates how individual citizens can take back our collective freedom. She reminds us that we are duty-bound as citizens to be active participants in restoring our democracy, and she shows us how to honor our founders with a renewed commitment to the Bill of Rights and Constitution.

Wolf's writing is intelligent, well documented, and hopeful. Anyone fed up with or jaded by the current state of our political process should read this and Wolf's previous book, End of America. You'll be enlightened, educated, and given tools to change our future.
Recommended by Lynn, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

As the practice of democracy becomes a lost art, Americans are increasingly desperate for a restored nation. Many have a general sense that the system is in disorder — if not on the road to functional collapse. But though it is easy to identify our political problems, the solutions are not always as clear.

In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, bestselling author Naomi Wolf illustrates the breathtaking changes that can take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended and tells how to use that system, right now, to change your life, your community, and ultimately, the nation.

Synopsis:

From an icon in the contemporary feminist movement and a well-respected political commentator comes this clear, accessible handbook about how to understand and use democracy.

About the Author

Naomi Wolf made a sensation with her landmark international bestseller The Beauty Myth in 1991. The author of four books, she is also the co-founder and president of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

PART I:

What is "America" ? Not a Country, a State of Mind

Introduction 3

Freedom Is Intended as a Challenge 13

Fake Patriotism 23

Fake Democracy 33

PART II :

Core Values

Principle One: We Are Required to Speak Freely 91

Principle Two: We Have a Duty to Rebel Continually Against Injustice and Oppression 105

Principle Three: Ordinary People Are Supposed to Run Things 125

Principle Four: Americans Cherish the Rule of Law 141

Principle Five: America Establishes No God 157

Principle Six: Americans Deliberate with Their Neighbors; We Disagree Without Violence 173

Principle Seven: Liberty is Universal: America Cannot Maintain an Oppressive Empire 189

A New American Revolution 209

PART III :

America: The User's Guide

I. Driving Change 215

"Democracy Commandos" [Curtis Ellis] 215

Additional Resources 218

II. Speech 219

How to Petition 219

Additional Resources 220

How to Play Hardball Once You Have Petitioned 220

Become the Media Yourself 221

How to Write a Press Release [Lisa Witter] 222

Create the Debate Yourself 226

Help Frame the News Coverage 228

How to Leak to an Investigative Reporter 229

How to Pitch a Feature Piece 231

Radio 232

TV 233

Additional Resources 235

Produce New Media 235

How to Create a Blog [Elizabeth Curtis] 236

Additional Resources 240

How to Create a Web Video [Will Coghlan] 241

Additional Resources 243

III. Protest 245

How to Drive a Boycott 245

Additional Resources 246

How to Take to the Streets [Marjorie Cohn] 247

Staging a Protest 251

Additional Resources 252

How to be Safe as You Protest 252

Arrest 253

The Permit System [Heidi Boghosian] 256

How to Speak in Any Public Context 260

IV. Deliberate, Community-Build,and Organize 265

How to Start a Political Movement 265

Direct-Action Activism [Trevor "Oyate"] 265

Starting Your Own Political Movement [Raymond D. Powell] 267

Organize a Town Hall Meeting 271

How to Run a Meeting [Wende Jager-Hyman] 273

Deliberate with Your Neighbors [Mary Jacksteit] 277

Additional Resources 281

Become the Leaders of America 283

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization 283

Additional Resources 285

How to Fund-raise [Stephanie Berger] 286

Additional Resources 291

V. Rule of Law: Create or Change Laws Yourself 293

Initiatives and Referenda 293

Additional Resources 295

Make Every Vote Count [Mark Crispin Miller] 296

Additional Resources 299

Organize a National Hearing [Annette Warren Dickerson] 300

Expose Government Secrecy: A Guide to Getting Government Files [Lauren Melodia] 303

Additional Resources 312

VI . Dismantle an Oppressive Empire: Remake U.S. Foreign Policy 313

How to Promote Democracy Overseas through Investment [Diane Keefe] 313

Additional Resources 315

VI . Understand How Your System Works 317

Overview [Curtis Ellis] 317

What is the Electoral College? [Wende Jager-Hyman] 321

User's Guide to the Constitution and Bill of Rights

[Steven C. Bennett] 326

Additional Resources 343

VI . Wish List for the Fu ture 344

Direct Democracy 344

Voting [Curtis Ellis] 344

A Twelve-Step Program to Save U.S. Democracy [Mark Crispin Miller] 345

Additional Wish List Items 347

Notes 351

Bibliography 371

Acknowledgments 375

About the Author 377

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The Experienced Patriot, April 20, 2013 (view all comments by The Experienced Patriot)
In her book, Give Me Liberty, Naomi Wolf is selling a democracy instead of a republic. She is selling collective freedom instead of individual freedom. In other words, Naomi Wolf isn't an American Revolutionary, she is a Communist Revolutionary in disguise. The book is scientifically well written. She over uses propaganda words and slogans to the point of literal nausea I would only recommend it as a military-type study into your enemy's battle plan.
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KEEPLIVINLOVE, May 20, 2009 (view all comments by KEEPLIVINLOVE)
NAOMI WOLF,TEACHES SEVERAL OPTIONS WITH HER BOOK,"GIVE ME LIBERTY.HOW TO WIN USEING PETITONS.ONE OPTION.NEIGHBORS, TO RELY ON ONE ANOTHER.USE THE BILL OF RIGHTS,GOD,,FREEDOM OF SPEECH.ALOT LEARNED , WITH THE USE OF THIS BOOK.ALOT OF KNOWLEDGE AND WELL EASLY FOLLOWED DIRECTIONS.SPEAK FREELY!!!Ordinary people just like ma and you , together can make a change.Change life,as well as the community. A SUPER BOOK.THIS WILL HELP EVERYONE GET LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. GREAT BOOK.
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t.magnuson, October 28, 2008 (view all comments by t.magnuson)
While a strong argument can be made that many people are sensing a loss of power, Naomi Wolf points it out well, there is much people can do to reclaim their choices and make life the best-Give me Liberty!
Ted Magnuson, author, Those Self Evident Truths.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416590569
Author:
Wolf, Naomi
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
Government - General
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Civil rights movements
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Civil rights -- United States.
Subject:
Rule of law -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
A Handbook for Ameri
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.31 x 5.38 in 12.95 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In Give Me Liberty, author Naomi Wolf follows up her 2007 must-read The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot with a handbook designed to teach each of us how to take back our democracy.

As we citizens yield more of our rights to a government that is becoming more fascist than democratic, Wolf strikes a battle cry and demonstrates how individual citizens can take back our collective freedom. She reminds us that we are duty-bound as citizens to be active participants in restoring our democracy, and she shows us how to honor our founders with a renewed commitment to the Bill of Rights and Constitution.

Wolf's writing is intelligent, well documented, and hopeful. Anyone fed up with or jaded by the current state of our political process should read this and Wolf's previous book, End of America. You'll be enlightened, educated, and given tools to change our future.

"Synopsis" by , From an icon in the contemporary feminist movement and a well-respected political commentator comes this clear, accessible handbook about how to understand and use democracy.
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