What will the post-Trump return to democracy in America look like, and what are its historical antecedents?
National political correspondent and award-winning author D. D. Guttenplan’s The Next Republic is an extraordinarily intense and wide-ranging exploration of how democracy rises and falls in America. The Next Republic introduces us to some of the organizers and politicians who are helping to bring about change in America, like new labor activist JANE McALEVEY; racial justice campaigner (and mayor of Jackson, Mississippi) CHOKWE ANTAR LUMUMBA; environmental activist (and chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party) JANE KLEEB; Chicago’s first openly gay Latino public official, CARLOS RAMIREZ-ROSA; Justice Democrats communications director WALEED SHAHID; communications director for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 2020 campaign CORBIN TRENT; and anti-corruption crusader ZEPHYR TEACHOUT. Guttenplan juxtaposes this new social movement with chapters on key transitions in our nation’s history: the Whiskey Rebellion, the Lincoln Republic, and the Roosevelt Republic.
Altogether, Guttenplan deeply fathoms the great American problem that is our democracy, and the prospects for its resurgence. Both unyielding and resoundingly hopeful, The New Republic foresees the post-Trump era as one that may not only restore American values, but also see a radical new transformation of them to match the new challenges we face as a nation.
“It’s high time that someone resurrected authentic ‘populism,’ activism from below, and showed how it can be the path to a better future. That’s done very convincingly in D.D. Guttenplan’s fine book, The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority, introducing us along the way to some wonderful people and their achievements, interspersed with carefully executed and pertinent historical interludes. A timely and instructive call to action.” —Noam Chomsky
“Don Guttenplan has written a profoundly subversive book. He briefly touches base with a few notable progressives (like the Bern and Zephyr Teachout), but at a moment when Trumpism, cynicism, and corruption seem to reign supreme in our politics—in the modest guise of a report on the battles of a series of quasi-anonymous, persistent anti-establishmentarians and political loners—he has made a compelling case for hope and optimism about the future of our democracy, and en passant he has put the meaning of our republic in its historical context.” —Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation
“At a moment when history and truth are under attack, and the survival of our republic is once again in doubt, The Next Republic is a timely, humane, and forceful narrative of our insurgent political moment—and a deeply reported contribution to the fight for a progressive future in America.” —Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation