I can’t say enough good things about David Dayen–he’s generous with his time, knows more than any human should about the inner workings and scams of finance capital, he wrote an incredible book (buy it now, seriously, you will not regret it) and now he’s written a lovely piece on my book at TNR, connecting it to the launch of Bernie Sanders’s “Our Revolution” and the question of where the energy goes next. We had a great phone chat about it all last week and some of those thoughts make it in here, too.
The point that Jaffe’s book underscores, ultimately, is that “politics” as practiced in America has never been confined to Election Day or a single vote in Congress. Turnout cratered in the 2014 midterms, Jaffe notes, at the same time protest movements expanded nationwide. The activists Jaffe profiles are not bound by the realities of counting votes on Capitol Hill or maximizing donations. They see their goal as envisioning the world they want, and making those in power uncomfortable until they get it. The vehicle for that will not be “Our Revolution” delivered in 30-second ad bites, but a sustained movement, 24 hours a day.
Read the rest at The New Republic.