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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Wednesday, March 09, 2016
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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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The President Heard Us
In his State of the Union, President Obama called for "reducing the influence of money in our politics." Fantastic. He has heard the growing cry of the 85 percent of us who want big changes (with almost half of us wanting a complete rebuild!) in how America funds elections. Eighty-five percent? Yes...
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Thursday, November 05, 2015
Busting Six Free-Market Fictions
The following is drawn from the new book, World Hunger: 10 Myths , by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins. Being "free" sounds great—like being free to eat or to have a job at a living wage; so surely a "free market" is the way to ensure these important human freedoms. Right? Unfortunately, what...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
'Land of the Free...' Really?
The following is drawn from the newly published book, World Hunger: 10 Myths , co-authored by Joseph Collins. The billionaire Koch brothers chose the Libre [Free] Initiative as the name of their political outreach efforts in the Latino community. Some of the most conservative House Republicans call...
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
'Occupy' Spanish-Style... Big Lessons for Us?
Back from the first global conference on money in politics in Mexico City, I'm bursting with stories that might carry messages of possibility that Americans need right now. Sure worked for me. In Spain, with one-fifth of its population jobless, the Indignados movement--that paralleled our Occupy--...
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Delicious Food Is Not An Indulgence—It’s a Way to Solve Our Ecological Crises
I grew up in Cow Town. Or make that Fort Worth, Texas. It was the ’50s and supper was canned spinach with either meat loaf or with what my brother and I called “loose meat”—ground beef and canned mushroom soup. Iceberg lettuce and Jell-O rounded it out. Food was not a big deal.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Before You Give up on Democracy, Read This!
Who doesn't feel like throwing in the towel... with congressional approval ratings at a pitiful 10 percent ?
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Wednesday, August 07, 2013
What Five-letter Word Can't You Live Without?
Here it is: Power . Now, quick, before reading further, close your eyes. What associations come to mind? If your list is full words like coercion, force, guns, oppression, domination, money , you could be in big trouble.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
After Boston, Eyes-Wide Open Hope?
How do we know the difference between head-in-the-sand hope and eyes-wide-open hope? One is a killer; the other, a life-giver. First, it helps to ask, what is hope?
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Friday, April 19, 2013
Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?
In his book Violence, psychologist James Gilligan asked a Massachusetts prison inmate, “What do you want so badly that you would sacrifice everything in order to get it?”
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