Are we in the middle of an uprising? Best-selling author, journalist and indefatigable blogger, David Sirota says yes. In fact, there’s a primordial soup of a potential social movement out there. Yet it’s not a forgone conclusion that the uprising will be a progressive one. In this interview Sirota discusses his new book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington, and why we find ourselves at a crossroads. Why has the anti-war movement failed to win over Democrats in Washington? Why has the economic justice movement had only limited success? Is the Barack Obama campaign a movement?
Sirota says this is just the beginning. Listen here to find out why the labor movement still matters, what the netroots can do, and why progressives need to seize the moment.
And what about the political establishment? It’s designed, Sirota says, to stop the uprising. The most effective leaders are the gadflies, the ones who are not well liked in Washington. So is Obama the darling of the political establishment? And if so what does that say about the progressive movement? Find out here.