The truth about ‘Daring Democracy’ at EHBC

Eagle Harbor Book Company will host a conversation between generations at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 when Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen talk about the new book they coauthored: “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want.”

“The duo has crafted an optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump’s victory, ‘What do we do now?’” according to store officials.

Their answer? We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy.

Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values, the authors said. Lappe, author of “Legendary Diet for a Small Planet,” and Eichen, an organizer/scholar, offer a fresh, surprising response to this core crisis. This inter-generational duo opens with an essential truth: It’s not the magnitude of a challenge that crushes the human spirit. It’s feeling powerless — in this case, the fearing that standing up for democracy is futile.

It’s not, Lappe and Eichen argue.

With riveting stories and little-known evidence, they demystify how we got here, exposing the well orchestrated effort that has robbed Americans of their rightful power. But, at the heart of this unique book are solutions. Even in this divisive time, Americans are uniting across causes and ideologies to create a “canopy of hope” that the authors call the Democracy Movement.

In this invigorating “movement of movements,” millions of Americans are leaving despair behind as they push for and achieve historic change. The movement and democracy itself are vital to us as citizens and fulfill human needs — for power, meaning, and connection — essential to our thriving.

In this timely and necessary book, Lappe and Eichen offer proof that courage is contagious in the daring fight for democracy.

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