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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Monday, October 22, 2018
Are Humans Actually Capable of Democracy?
Elsewhere I’ve made the case that democracy isn’t a choice. It’s our only pathway forward, but my claim can provoke some pretty charged challenges. I can hear the fears of the discouraged asking, “Is democracy even possible? Do we humans actually come equipped for it?” With democratic norms of...
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
What Is Democracy, Anyway? Let’s Talk
With our democracy in free fall, many are terrified, but I’m convinced that there is one thing with the power to turn the tide. And what is that? At the risk of sounding corny, or even ridiculous, I believe the one force with the power we need now is “falling in love with democracy.” I know love...
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Frances Moore Lappé marching in Democracy Spring from Philadelphia to the Capital steps. April 2016. Views
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Why We Can’t Give Up on Democracy
Trust in democracy is tumbling. In 1995, one in fifteen Americans said they’d approve of military rule. By 2014, the share had swollen to one in six. Note this frightening crash of confidence preceded the compromised 2016 election and a president who seems particularly fond of autocrats. Whoa. It...
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Volunteers delivering more than 85,000 signatures on a 2015 ballot initiative to strengthen Clean Elections in Maine. State House, Augusta ME. Views
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Hope’s 3 Essentials, and All Are Present
In earlier reflections on hope, I’ve declared that hope isn’t an assessment, it’s a stance toward life. Now I want to convince you that in this stance I’m on really solid ground. I start with an observation about our species. We humans have been around long enough to know one thing for sure about...
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Let us drop any thought that hope is a weakling. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 17, 2018
Amid Our Nation’s Mounting Democracy Crisis, Hope Is Power
Yeah, I know. “Hope” gets shoved into a corner called “nice” where weaklings huddle who can’t face hard realities. In fact, hope and power don’t often show up in the same sentence. Truth is, though, hope is a tap root of power. First, note that the word power derives from the Latin, posse, “to be...
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 I don’t have to be an optimist, and surely I’m not a pessimist. Rather, I’m a possibilist. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 10, 2018
What is Hope?
I’ve been called a hope fiend, and I cop to it. More than ever, hope isn’t just a “nice” feeling we’re lucky to experience from time to time. No, hope has become a requirement, as despair is our worst enemy. So, let me share a few things this fiend has learned about hope. First, it’s work. Yes, I...
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"Democracy can’t be sliced up into parts because human beings cannot be—that is, we cannot trust that we have a real voice at the polls while feeling voiceless in our economic lives."(Photo by Sam Morris/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 12, 2018
What’s the Biggest Threat to American Democracy?
We sure hear a lot today about external threats to our democracy, whether it’s Russia’s election “meddling” or North Korea’s nuclear expansion. But a home-bred threat might run deeper still. More than a third of Americans polled by the finance company LendEdu say they’d forfeit the right to vote in...
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Hope Hides in the Cracks of Our Faltering Democracy
American democracy faces huge problems, most of us agree. Still, as recently as last summer, Pew Research found that 85 percent of us embraced the idea that America “stands above all other countries” or that it’s “one of the greatest, along with some others.” Understandably, it’s tough for many to...
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"Once we believe something is essential, we don’t need to know that its realization is certain or even that our odds are great in order to jump into action. We need only believe it’s possible." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
We Have What It Takes To Meet The Crisis Of Our Democracy
In 1999, Dee Hock, founder of Visa, quipped , “It’s far too late and things are far too bad for pessimism.” But 18 years later, pessimism can feel like the new realism. After all, just three Americans control more wealth than the bottom half of us. In last year’s election, less than 1 percent of...
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Most startlingly, emissions from food and agriculture are growing so fast that, if they continue to increase at the current rate, they alone could use up the safe budget for all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Views
Friday, January 12, 2018
Farming for a Small Planet
People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried. They see large-scale operations relying on corporate-supplied chemical inputs as the only high-productivity farming model. Another approach might be kinder to the environment and less risky for consumers, but, they...
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