Necessary Trouble

Necessary Trouble

Americans in Revolt

Book - 2016
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Necessary Trouble is the definitive book on the movements that are poised to permanently remake American politics. We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented political turmoil and social activism. Over the last few years, we've seen the growth of the Tea Party, a twenty-first-century black freedom struggle with BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates in defiance of the traditional party elites.

Sarah Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans become activists. As Jaffe argues, the financial crisis in 2008 was the spark, the moment that crystallized that something was wrong. For years, Jaffe crisscrossed the country, asking people what they were angry about, and what they were doing to take power back. She attended a people's assembly in a church gymnasium in Ferguson, Missouri; walked a picket line at an Atlanta Burger King; rode a bus from New York to Ohio with student organizers; and went door-to-door in Queens days after Hurricane Sandy.

From the successful fight for a 15 minimum wage in Seattle and New York to the halting of Shell's Arctic drilling program, Americans are discovering the effectiveness of making good, necessary trouble. Regardless of political alignment, they are boldly challenging who wields power in this country.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781568585369
Branch Call Number: 303.48409/JAFFE
Characteristics: xi, 338 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 06, 2016

Jaffe's work should be mandatory textbook in all American high schools. Over and over, episodes and movements are described in best detail possible, giving the reader a full view of what is happening in society, mostly since the financial crisis of 2008.
I share the other commentator to date (stargladiator) frustration of what this book may provide for change in society. In essence it's a description of events - not the start of a new political party. Thoughts to ponder, nonetheless.

Aug 23, 2016

This isn't a bad book, and it is interesting, but what does it really say? What have these social movements actually accomplished?
Inexplicably to me, the two worst possible candidates, the ultimate bankers' choice, Hillary Rodham Clinton [the Rothschild banking family now has thrown three - - that's THREE - - fundraisers for her, and the top hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies, recently penalized on a tax avoidance scam with Deutsche Bank, is her top donor], and the quintessential sleazy landlord, Donald Trump, are the presential candidates - - somebody want to call that progress?
A mental panacea? I'm not sure Jaffe really adds to the social conversation, just points out the obvious?


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