Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of nineteen books, beginning with the acclaimed Diet for a Small Planet. Most recently she 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).  She is co-founder of the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute. Follow her on Twitter: @fmlappe

 

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The top one-tenth of 1 percent controls as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, while roughly a fifth of American children live in poverty, and half of American infants are so poor they depend on public aid to eat.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
The Shocking Tale of Two Generations
It’s easy to feel fatalistic, accepting as “just the way things are” an America in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent controls as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, while roughly a fifth of American children live in poverty, and half of American infants are so poor they depend on public aid to...
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Friday, April 26, 2019
"I'm a Capitalist," Says Warren…But Why?
My headline poses a question I struggle with. “Capitalism” refers to an economy driven by owners of private capital, typically with the aim of bringing the highest possible return to themselves, and I am sure that is not what Senator Elizabeth Warren stands for. Warren has made clear that what she...
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as she and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveil the Green New Deal resolution. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The Green New Deal Is Not a Choice
Here’s my question for you. If your child were dying of a disease that only a costly drug could cure, would you not go to any lengths to get it? Of course, you would. And that’s exactly what we face today, as our children’s future is dying, not to mention a habitable planet for all. Inaction is not...
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Free speech… if you can afford the megaphone! (Photo: Mike Keefe InToon.com) Views
Friday, March 01, 2019
On Democracy, Did Our Highest Court Ignore Its Strongest Argument?
Americans may disagree about many things, but most of us come together in loathing the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United . We know it helped degrade our democracy as it opened the floodgates to independent, corporate campaign spending and enabled additional rulings that have led to Super PACs,...
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Publisher Betty Ballantine--she believed in the power of ideas, and was willing to take risks to bring new ones to light. (Photo: Richard Ballantine/Kathy Ballantine 1980, via Associated Press) Views
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The People’s Publisher Who Changed My Life Forever
It’s 1970. In my VW bug, I pull up in front of the Durant Hotel on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus and sit. I’m waiting for Betty Ballantine, and all I know is that she’s a big-time New York publisher. So, of course, I imagine her appearing in sleek suit, high heels, and full-on makeup. But soon...
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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Antidotes to Brutal Capitalism? Some Hidden in Plain Sight
In our capitalist economy, business enterprise is controlled by capitalists, of course, and structured to bring highest return to shareholders. We’re all supposed to love this set-up because competition among companies gives us ever cooler products and always better deals. Right? But, wait a minute...
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French protesters wear yellow vests as they march in Paris against rising oil prices and living costs near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees.  (Photo: Olivier Coret/News Pictures/REX/Shutterstock 11/24/18) Views
Friday, January 04, 2019
What Could the French “Yellow Vests” Teach Us about Ourselves?
Most coverage of the Yellow Vest movement in France—lasting seven weeks and drawing hundreds of thousands onto the streets—misses a key question, and one at the heart of our own nation’s journey. We’re told the diesel tax hike was the “last straw” for the rural, working poor unable to make ends...
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A crowd gathers in Leipzig, Germany to commemorate the 70,000 people who courageously joined together in 1989 to peacefully demand freedom and democracy, a catalyst for the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Image: LTM/PUNCTUM) Views
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Courage Is Contagious
No matter how many times we hear of one person’s act of conscience igniting sparks that light up the sky, too many of us hold tight to the notion that our own acts don’t mean much. Aren’t we the proverbial drops in the bucket, nice but never spectacular? Or, as it dawned on my daughter Anna and me...
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Lady Liberty getting arrested. "Being 'good'—kind and honest with those we touch directly—is admirable and desirable, but we need more," writes the author. "It's time to elevate another virtue: courage." (Democracy Spring - April 2016) Views
Monday, December 03, 2018
The Opposite of Evil Is No Longer Goodness
My headline is provocative, so let me quickly explain, starting with a huge claim about what’s unique about our world in this moment. Then I ask, What, right now, is most required of our species? Our era has been dubbed the Anthropocene because for the first time we humans are making our mark on...
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Fear can be a seedling for change.  Green Belt Movement tree nursery in Tumutumu Hills, Kenya. (Photograph by Ariel Poster) Views
Monday, November 19, 2018
What Is Courage?
Tough, brave, fearless. Don’t these words capture what courage means? Maybe not. For me, courage is simply doing what I thought I could not do. It’s acting for what I care about most, not because I’m fearless but despite my fear…fear that my action isn’t enough, that I’ll be alone, or that it’s all...
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