• It's Time to Fight Dirty

  • How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics
  • By: David Faris
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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It's Time to Fight Dirty

By: David Faris
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
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The American electoral system is clearly falling apart - as evidenced by the 2016 presidential election. In It's Time to Fight Dirty, David Faris offers accessible, actionable strategies for American institutional reform which don't require a constitutional amendment, and would have a lasting impact on our future.

With equal amounts of playful irreverence and persuasive reasoning, Faris describes how the Constitution's deep democratic flaws constantly put progressives at a disadvantage, and lays out strategies for "fighting dirty" though obstructionism and procedural warfare: establishing statehood for DC and Puerto Rico; breaking California into several states; creating a larger House of Representatives; passing a new voting rights act; and expanding the Supreme Court.

The Constitution may be the world's most difficult document to amend, but David Faris argues that many of America's democratic failures can be fixed within its rigid confines - and, at a time when the stakes have never been higher, he outlines a path for long-term, progressive change in the United States.

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Voiced frustrations of a long time liberal

An excellent book with some great advice for frustrated liberals, progressives, and democrats. A must read. Despite the title, Dems don't need to fight dirty, but they will need to work hard. I think this book offers some very realistic solutions about how to save our country from its worst impulses. I can only hope those with power will take this book's adbice seriously. I will be spreading this info to whomever I can!

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Sobering and serious analysis, humorous delivery

If only a few of the ideas put forth in this book were implemented, our country would be in significantly better shape. Faris' analysis masterfully brings together the related structural and procedural battles that progressives have lost, and explains how to fight back. most importantly, if you take seriously, say, the threat of climate change and the criminal inaction by the GOP, this book does not shy away from some of the more radical solutions towards reforming our political system so that we can actually address the monumental problems we face. Faris' writes in clear, funny prose. Enjoyable and inspiring.

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Must Read

I loved the book as well as the specific ways portrayed in it for how Democrats can actually beat GOP's a** each and every time. Unfortunately, even as good as it sounds, Dems will never actually implement any of this. US would've been such a better place if Dems could actually fight back and actually cared for their own constituency.

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How to save Democracy

I have listened and re-listened to this book. Lots of info. Lots of history. Lots of suggestions.
I. Heard references to Ayn Rand. Or she and her followers organizations. You have to know what the other side is made up of to know why the Republican Party became an anti-system party. On the Supreme Court, you need to know what effects of Dred Scott has had on the US. Civil War, the 13th Amendment, the 14 Amendment, the 15 Amendment, the 16th Amendment, the 19th Amendment, the 23rd Amendment, the 25th Amendment, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. All these needed to be done to negate one Conservative Supreme Court Ruling.

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Title is misleading

The title of this book would lead one to believe that this is merely a partisan hack job. Make no mistake, it does have a strong message for Democrats, but I found it more to be about the actual mechanics of the US system of government and how it has been and can continue to be manipulated by those in power to ensure they stay in power. Sure to disillusion any idealist.

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Must read for Progressives

This is what we have to do. We need to stop playing by the rules. Playing fairly. Republicans have always played dirty, it's time we give it better back.

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A strategy to procure democracy

Worthwhile ideas to rescue our nation from the clutches of the wealthy white supremacists currently in power.