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Twelve Ways to Save Democracy in Wisconsin


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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Section I
  • 1 Ban Gerrymandering
  • 2 Reform Campaign Finance
  • 3 Make Voting Easier
  • 4 Re-enfranchise Former Prisoners
  • 5 End Prison Gerrymandering
  • 6 Tighten Recusal Rules
  • 7 Give Us Direct Democracy
  • 8 Provide Ranked-Choice Voting
  • 9 Restore Local Control
  • 10 Save Local Media
  • Section II
  • 11 Root Out Racism
  • 12 Move toward Economic Democracy
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A. Affirmations for Surviving the New Dark Ages
  • Appendix B. On Respectful Dialogue
  • Appendix C. How to Avoid Burnout: A Guide for Activists

About the Author

Matthew Rothschild is the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and a former editor and publisher of The Progressive magazine. He is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression and the editor of Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive Magazine, 1909-2009.


"What's unique about the book is the way he spells out the problems and then includes the arguments from those who don't believe they are problems at all. He then proceeds to explain why those arguments are wrong. . . . It's well worth the read."--Dave Zweifel, The Capital Times

"A must read. Not just for the sake of Wisconsin, but for the entire country, and many states around the country."--Brian G. Gilmore, Medium

"Essential for politically aware citizens as well as journalists and watchdogs who see Wisconsin as a crucial battleground state and political bellwether for the nation. . . . [This] should be mandatory reading by every citizen of voting age as a kind of political DIY survival guide for democracy. Simply stated, 12 Ways To Save Democracy should be a part of every highschool civics class curriculum and every college, university, and community library Contemporary Political Science collection throughout the state of Wisconsin - and beyond!"--Midwest Book Review

"No one's more qualified than Rothschild to write a book exposing how Wisconsin government morphed from being a shining light for the nation into one of the country's most antidemocratic states. He gives us an easy-to-follow plan on how we can restore the state's reputation for honest and innovative leadership."--Dave Zweifel, editor emeritus of The Capital Times

"Rothschild explains exactly what needs to be done to return Wisconsin to its status as the most democratic of these United States. This book is a pleasure to read, chock full of valuable research and original insights. He is a writer who will not waste your time."--Robert McChesney, author of People Get Ready

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