By Dana Fisher

Activism, Inc. introduces the US to an more and more time-honored political actor: the canvasser. She's the twenty-something with the clipboard, preventing you in the street or knocking in your door, the foot soldier of political campaigns.

Granted remarkable entry to the "People's Project," an unknown but influential association using left-leaning grassroots politics, Dana Fisher tells the real tale of outsourcing politics in the United States. just like the significant firms that outsourced their customer support to businesses overseas, the grassroots campaigns of nationwide innovative movements—including Greenpeace, the Sierra membership, store the youngsters, and the Human Rights Campaign—have been outsourced at assorted instances to this unmarried association. through the 2004 presidential crusade, the Democratic occasion an analogous outsourcing version for his or her canvassing.

Fisher examines the historical past and motive at the back of political outsourcing at the Left, weaving jointly frank interviews with canvassers, high-ranking political officers around the political spectrum, and People's venture administration. She compares all of this to the grassroots efforts at the correct, which stay firmly grounded in groups and native politics.

This publication deals a chilling evaluate of the results of political outsourcing. Connecting area people at the streets all through the US to the nationwide businesses and political campaigns that make up revolutionary politics, it indicates what occurs to the passionate younger activists outsourced to the consumers of Activism, Inc.

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