- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (9 Aug. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060988312
- ISBN-13: 978-0060988319
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,413,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arianna Huffington has already helped shape the political landscape with her scathingly astute bipartisan commentary. In this best-selling guide to changing government from the ground up, she takes a candid look at every aspect of our current political landscape--from campaign financing and smear tactics to the power of special interests and politicians' obsession with polls - and finds it sadly lacking. Here she challenges average Americans who are as fed up as she is to take their government back, offering radical but workable strategies for change through civil disobedience and community activism. Clear and powerful, this call to arms will appeal to the growing legions of people who think it's time for Americans, and not politicians, to take control of our country. * How to Overthrow the Government was a
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Huffington has a great insider's view of the horrendous state of our current political system. She's a Republican but she's got just as much (maybe even more) vitriol for the GOP in its failure to live up to its ideals, as she does for the Democrats. Plus her Centrist ideas reveal her to be one of the most levelheaded and realistic pundits around. For example, her proposal that all corporations and rich people should give 10% of their income to charity sure isn't a Republican-like idea. In her great tongue-in-cheek and slightly sarcastic style, Huffington shows the ineffectiveness of the system, as career politicians on both sides are enslaved to corporate contributions, opinion polls that only ask inane lowest-common-denominator questions, and a lapdog media that convinces people that "character' (actually reputation and personal rumors) is more important than leadership skills. And unlike other books of this type, Huffington's ideas for solutions aren't cheesy platitudes like "take the power back," but real options like politically oriented volunteering, "None of the Above" options on ballots, and local clean finance campaign initiatives. Corporate contributors really spread the money around to all politicians, as a way to latch onto whoever has power regardless of ideology, while politicians utilize this vicious cycle to hold onto power instead of making real decisions or exercising true leadership, and the system looks down its nose at a disillusioned and disenfranchised electorate. This book is about overthrowing this plutocracy, and people of all political persuasions should be concerned, unless you're a slave to the big money.