Unrig is an excellent primer on the American political system, what's good about it, what's bad about it, what's working, what's not working, what's broken – along with identifying who broke it, how they went about breaking it, and their goals in doing so – and, most importantly, what we can do to fix the problems and make the system work for all of us.
Author Daniel Newman shares his insights into the mechanics of the American political system and, together with illustrator George O'Connor leverages the power of comics to explain the rules of the game, the players, and the "board" on which it is played before elucidating the ways in which our politcal system has been caputured by the moneyed classes in general, and the economic elite (read, a certain group of billionaires) in particular, who have rigged the game in their favor. Knowledge is power, and readers will come away from reading Unrig feeling empowered and ready to fight back and be a part of the change. Unrig will also set readers on the path towards doing so and provides signposts along the way. There is even a website for the book – unrigbook.com – that includes, as of this writing, a lengthy preview of the book (under "About") along with a list of proposed solutions and a list of groups to get involved with to help bring them about.
And, we're offering Unrig at a very special Civic Engagement Promotion(al) price. (You could get started "unrigging" the American political system by donating your savings to one of these organizations.)
Here's the publisher description:
"Despite our immense political divisions, Americans are nearly united in our belief that something is wrong with our government: It works for the wealthy and powerful, but not for anyone else. Unrig exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People.
This stirring nonfiction graphic novel by democracy reform leader Daniel G. Newman and artist George O’Connor takes readers behind the scenes—from the sweaty cubicles where senators dial corporate CEOs for dollars, to lavish retreats where billionaires boost their favored candidates, to the map rooms where lawmakers scheme to handpick their voters. Unrig also highlights surprising solutions that limit the influence of big money and redraw the lines of political power.
If you're overwhelmed by negative news and despairing for the direction of our country, Unrig is a tonic that will restore your faith and reveal the path forward to fix our broken democracy."