Sunday, March 6, 2011

Power and Powerlessness

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Social power is necessary for human health.

Physician and author Susan Rosenthal reached this conclusion after decades of research, observation, and activism.

In POWER and Powerlessness, she explains that most people lack the healthy, fulfilling lives they deserve because they are kept divided and powerless, and they mistakenly accept this state of affairs as natural or self-inflicted.

Written for a popular audience, POWER and Powerlessness asks, then answers, four basic questions:
  1. What’s going on?
  2. How did this happen?
  3. Why do we put up with it?
  4. What will it take?
Original, hopeful, impeccably researched, this book explains:
  • Why human health depends on strong social bonds.
  • How capitalism disrupts social bonds by dividing humanity into classes.
  • How disrupted social bonds form the link between individual and social problems.
  • How the medical system manages human misery instead of ending it.
  • The key obstacles to social change.
  • How the working class can organize itself to transform powerlessness into the power to change the world.


Howard Zinn, author, A People’s History of the United States

I think you’ve written something powerful and important. And I like your style, clear, approachable. I hope it will be widely circulated.

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