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The Change I Believe In

Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama

Katrina vanden Heuvel

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Description

On the night of the 2008 presidential election, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel spoke for many: “For the first time in decades, electoral politics became a vehicle for raising expectations and spreading hope.” But, she cautioned, “We progressives need to be as clear-eyed, tough, and pragmatic about Obama as he is about us.”
Where I Stand collects vanden Heuvel’s commentaries and columns from the first years of the Obama administration, an era that has come to be defined by reform and reaction. In the wake of the economic crisis and challenges from the insurgent Tea Party movement, it is clear that it will take more than one election (and one person) to reshape American politics and repair the damage wreaked by a decade of calamitous conservative rule.

Vanden Heuvel challenges the limits of our downsized political debate, arguing that timid incrementalism and the forces of money and establishment power that debilitate American politics will be overcome only by independent organizing, strategic creativity, bold ideas, and determined idealism.

Publishers Weekly Review

Sep 05, 2011 – Nation editor vanden Heuvel lays down the left-liberal line in these earnest, stolid essays culled from her columns and editorials in the magazine. It’s a newsy compendium that covers the past three years of roiling politics while advancing recurring themes: the need to rein in Wall Street, tax the rich, create green jobs, pull out of Afghanistan, get money out of politics and Republicans out of office. It’s also an anguished narrative of the left’s disillusionment with Obama, lapsing from hope to disappointment as the president proffers one cave-in after another to intransigent conservatives. Vanden Heuvel isn’t much of a stylist, unfortunately. There are few surprises or grace notes in her prose; as her statistically fortified arguments proceed from problem to policy to exhortation—“It is a time for global, non-violent challenge to anti-democratic forces wherever they may be.” Still, there’s much to be said for her well-supported, fact-filled account: vanden Heuvel elaborates a cogent progressive alternative to the skewed choice between banker-friendly Democrats and Tea Party fanatics.

Customer Reviews

Great read.

The right wing nutjobs must hate this book. Shows the real sleaze and corruption that the GOP has let hijack their party.

Obama must have paid for this

Garbage!

The Change I Believe In
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  • $11.99
  • Level: Grades 13 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Science
  • Published: Oct 25, 2011
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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