Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. In his new book, Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite, psychologist Bruce E. Levine offers an original and convincing explanation for this passivity.
Many Americans are deeply demoralized by decades of oppressive elitism, and they have lost confidence that genuine democracy is possible. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created fatalism. When such fatalism and defeatism set in, truths about social and economic injustices are not enough to set people free.
Watch a video, below, of Bruce Levine discussing his life story and the observations that lead him to write Get Up, Stand Up.
Learn more about Get Up, Stand Up, available for pre-order now and shipping in late March.