Monday, October 20, 2008

Book Review: Taking On the System

TitleTaking On the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era
AuthorMarkos Moulitsas Zuniga
Tagsactivism, politics, how to

This book, by the founder of the Daily Kos website, is a guide to effective political activism. This is the second book that I've read recently that speaks highly of Saul Alinsky's book Rules for Radicals as being a blueprint for progressive action, and Zuniga seems to see his book as a modernization of that book.

The Table of Contents serves as an outline for the book. The chapters are the New Insurgents, Mobilize, Set the Narrative, Reinvent the Street Protest, Feed the Backlash, don't Believe the Hype, Fight Small, Win big, the Unlikely Warriors, and the Epilogue. Each chapter is broken down into subsections, and each one includes success stories.

It is interesting that one of Zuniga's principles is to not let success go to your head, instead to keep the goals and objectives in mind.

Great book for activists, that is, anyone at any level interested in changing the world.
PublicationCelebra Hardcover (2008), Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date2008
ISBN0451225198 / 9780451225191

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