Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 4, 2008 - Business & Economics - 212 pages
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Pssssst! Bookstore browsers!

Don't look around, but the corporate and political powers that be want you to put this book down, right now. It definitely is NOT on their approved list.

Swim against the Current is one of those books that the power elites don't like seeing in stores, much less in your hands—not merely because it challenges their established order, but especially because our book reveals paths that folks like you can use to escape their rigid, hierarchical structures and discover a bit more satisfaction in life.

They prefer that you pick up one of those escapist novels over there across the store, rather than finding out that the greatest escape of all can be from stultifying conventional wisdom. We Americans are constantly harassed into thinking that we can't break the mold that those in charge have made for us. But as a friend of ours puts it: "Those who say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."

It's the uplifting stories of mavericks that we tell here. They've broken free of the corporate tentacles, free of business-as-usual politics, free of top-down elites. They're figuring out new ways to do commerce, ways to create political channels that empower grassroots Americans, and ways to live their lives.

As these folks show, resistance is not futile . . . it's fertile. Join the fun! Happy reading!

 

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Nor do you have to be a loser to be socially responsible. Jim Hightower, irreverent NPR commentator and activist Susan de Marco show ample proof in "Swim Against the Current." They profile the sort of ... Read full review

Swim against the current: even a dead fish can go with the flow

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Syndicated columnist Hightower (Thieves in High Places) joins writer and activist DeMarco to produce this irreverent and uplifting look at how individuals and companies can be both successful and ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE Business
5
Fair Trade
14
Socially Responsible
29
Putting Workers in Charge
42
The Good Business Life
51
Banking on Change
58
Connections for Part One
66
PART TWO Politics
73
The Politics of Fun
127
Connections for Part Two
134
PART THREE Life
139
Take Charge
141
HowWeLive
151
A Mass Movement Arises
158
Flowers in the Field
164
The Conscience of an Evangelical
176

RunforIt
83
Clean Elections
92
Democracy School
105
Build It
111
Granny Power
122
Connections for Part Three
188
Final Thoughts
193
DeMarcos Reading List
197
Index
201
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About the author (2008)

Jim Hightower is a syndicated columnist, national radio commentator, the publisher of the Hightower Lowdown newsletter, and the New York Times bestselling author of Thieves in High Places.

Susan Demarco is a writer, former radio talk-show host, public-interest activist, and longtime Hightower partner-in-crime.

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