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The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell by Jamie Court, Our Newest Release!

The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell takes you into the “no holds barred” world of activism and campaigning. Your guide is master tactician, consumer advocate and political street fighter Jamie Court. He says the first step of any political battle is to get mad—the last step, never let go. What you do in the meantime, according to the Guide, is hone in on your highest values, publicly point out where your opponents ignore or oppose them, and let the power of public opinion flow your way.

Jamie Court is the President of Consumer Watchdog, an award winning advocacy group that has waged successful campaigns to force regulation of insurance companies, push California to favor privacy protections, and keep oil companies from jacking up gasoline prices. A current project is Inside Google, which is going head-to-head with the internet giant to expose their intrusions on user privacy, collusion with other corporations to erode the freedom of the internet, and generally point out the ridiculousness of their motto, “Don’t Be Evil.”

Watch this video of Jamie Court on the Rachel Maddow Show: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Lying.”

Listen to Jamie Court’s commentary on NPR’s All Things Considered.

The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell is available now…but don’t let your conservative friends borrow it!


Revisiting Naomi Wolf’s Call to Patriots–10 Years Later

Reading Naomi Wolf’s book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot today is an eerie experience. Written in 2007, it detailed the ways in which the Bush administration was beginning to chip away at the freedoms of American citizens. It outlined the ten steps dictators or would-be dictators take when their […] Read More

Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More

Slack and Taut: Defining a System’s Resilience

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left […] Read More
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