Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want (Nation Books) and 17 other books including the acclaimed Diet for a Small Planet.  She is also a YES! contributing editor.

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Friday, November 11, 2016 - 1:30pm
And Now, For Some Good News
For a sailor on a dark night, there’s nothing more welcoming than the twinkle of a lighthouse, no matter how far off. And on Election Day 2016, the emerging citizen-led movement to take back our democracy illuminated more than a few points of light. At the same time Donald Trump won the presidency...
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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 4:15pm
Trickle-Up Democracy: State and Local Ballots Give Voters A Say
Even in a presidential campaign where both candidates are speaking out against the influence of big money in politics, it’s easy to be cynical about the prospects for reform. The failure of Congress to take even baby steps in the right direction is enough to dishearten even the most idealistic...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 2:15pm
The Presidential Debate Missed the Biggest Issue
Despite liberals’ best efforts at self-reassurance and Donald Trump’s poor performance in the first debate, his anti-establishment messaging still holds great appeal for a large portion of our electorate. This is hardly news, but what’s the essential lesson for all of us? That most Americans feel...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:45am
To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse—That Is the (Wrong) Question
Public figures and political organizations are wringing their hands: Do we publicly throw our weight behind a fear-mongering demagogue or do we suck it up and endorse a “career politician” who can’t seem to earn voters’ trust? But what if “endorsement” is a political red herring? “Endorsing”...
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Monday, August 8, 2016 - 10:00am
Hopelessly Divided? Think Again.
“We are a divided nation!” Donald Trump tweets , while Hillary Clinton bemoans “the divisions” that are keeping “our people apart.” So, it seems, most of us hold these truths to be self-evident: We are a polarized people and becoming more so every day. What could be more solid proof than the...
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 8:30am
Why Hope Has Power in This Gut-Wrenching Election Year
Hope about American politics is hard to come by. Disapproval ratings of both major-party candidates are higher than we’ve seen in decades. Millions are livid about Trump’s lies and let down by Hillary Clinton and her party’s now-exposed bashing of Bernie Sanders . All these responses seem to...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 2:30pm
Experiencing the Thrill of Democracy
Demanding that Congress remove big money’s stranglehold on our democracy and protect voting rights, we walked more than 100 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, DC this spring with Democracy Spring. The experience changed us. Our energy has never been higher. So what do we do now? Whatever the...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 9:45am
What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring
This past Monday was the most important day of my life. I walked up to the Capitol building and sat on the steps with more than 400 people. When asked to move, we refused and were arrested. We committed nonviolent civil disobedience together to protest the power of money in politics and support the...
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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:45am
Protest or Civil Courage?
( This interview was conducted during the Democracy Spring march from Philadelphia to Washington, DC — part of a two week action to push for a more equal and representative democracy. ) We are about sixty miles into our 140-mile march to Washington, D.C. from Philadelphia. How are you feeling?...
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 12:45pm
Six Pieces of a Real Democracy Movement We've Never Had Before
As perhaps never before in our history, all the pieces are in place for a democracy movement to take off in America, one strong enough to tackle the system-roots of our country's crises. What? You don't see it? I understand, because it is really hard to discern the democratic impulse in a political...
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