Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics

Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics


By (author) Jerome Armstrong, By (author) Markos Moulitsas

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  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 15mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 193339241X
  • ISBN 13: 9781933392417
  • Illustrations note: index, bibliography
  • Sales rank: 1,957,859

Product description

Crashing the Gate is a shot across the bow at the political establishment in Washington, DC and a call to re-democratize politics in America. This book lays bare, with passion and precision, how ineffective, incompetent, and antiquated the Democratic Party establishment has become, and how it has failed to adapt and respond to new realities and challenges. The authors save their sharpest knives to go for the jugular in their critique of Republican ideologues who are now running--and ruining--our country. Written by two of the most popular political bloggers in America, the book hails the new movement--of the netroots, the grassroots, the unorthodox labor unions, the maverick big donors--that is the antidote to old-school politics as usual. Fueled by advances in technology and a hunger for a more authentic and populist democracy, this broad-based movement is changing the way political campaigns are waged and managed. A must-read book for anyone with an interest in the future of American democracy.

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Author information

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga served in the U.S. Army for three years and later earned two bachelors degrees from Northern Illinois University and a law degree from Boston University. After moving to California to work in the tech industry, Markos started in May 2002. His blog has had a meteoric rise and now gets more than a million unique visitors each day, making it one of the most popular blogs in the nation. Markos lives in Berkeley, California. Jerome Armstrong, a pioneer of the political blogosphere, founded one of the first political blogs,, in 2001. The person behind the netroots strategy that used blogs and meetups for Howard Dean's campaign, Jerome works as an internet strategist for advocay organizations and political campaigns. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Review quote

"Crashing the Gate is an urgent and powerfully written look both at what ails our democracy and what can heal it. Ultimately, they show that the fuel to reform our politics will not come from party insiders but from "the netroots, grassroots, and the rise of people-powered politics." -- Arianna Huffington "Huffington Post"