Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is the co-author, with Adam Eichen, of the new book, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. Among her numerous previous books are: EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want (Nation Books) and the acclaimed Diet for a Small Planet.  She is also a YES! contributing editor.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Big Threat Now Is Citizens’ Lost Hope for Real Democracy
In today’s fraught and frightened America, the word “democracy” could well evoke the rolling of eyes, a blank stare, or wide-eyed incredulity. Certainly not the pitter-patter of hearts. But what if Americans were convinced that all we care most about—from our kids’ future to the immediate need for...
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
The Essential Ingredient of Democracy
On what human strengths does democracy depend? It’s a huge question and an urgent one, as many Americans fear their democracy is in free fall. Fortunately, in digging for answers, our constitution itself offers a useful starting point. The Preamble establishes the republic’s commitment to “promote...
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Why We Are Joining the March on Harrisburg
A little over a year ago, we embarked on a journey that would forever change our lives. With Democracy Spring , we marched from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. and then risked arrest in front of the Capitol. Our demands were simple: get big money out of our political system and end the systematic...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Dare for Democracy: Three Essential Steps
Many Americans remain in shock and outrage, unable to grasp how a man who told bald-faced lies , who ridiculed and defamed others, and who boasted of sexual assault could yet ascend to the presidency of the United States. To save the democracy we thought we had, we must take democracy to where it’s...
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Friday, November 11, 2016
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
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
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
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 08, 2016
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
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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