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Grassroots: The Rise of the Radical Center and the Next West Courtney White Grassroots The Rise of the Radical Center and the Next West In the mid s news headlines featured political gridlock antigovernment fanaticism political assaults on environmental regulations local demands to turn over federal land to the states patriot

  • Title: Grassroots: The Rise of the Radical Center and the Next West
  • Author: Courtney White
  • ISBN: 9781457554315
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • Grassroots: The Rise of the Radical Center and the Next West Courtney White In the mid 1990s, news headlines featured political gridlock, antigovernment fanaticism, political assaults on environmental regulations, local demands to turn over federal land to the states, patriotic armed militia groups, courtroom brawls between activists and rural residents over endangered species, finger pointing and trash talking generally Sound familiar It s sIn the mid 1990s, news headlines featured political gridlock, antigovernment fanaticism, political assaults on environmental regulations, local demands to turn over federal land to the states, patriotic armed militia groups, courtroom brawls between activists and rural residents over endangered species, finger pointing and trash talking generally Sound familiar It s said that history doesn t repeat itself, but rhymes instead Fortunately, if problems are cyclical so are solutions I d like to share one that we came up with back then It s called the radical center This is the story of its rise I m a former Sierra Club activist who dropped out of the conflict industry in 1997 to cofound The Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering common ground between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, and scientists Our effort focused on resolving the long standing feud between ranchers and environmentalists, a hopeless fight that had imperiled the wide open spaces of our beloved West Our idea was to find a third way beyond the polarization in order to implement practical, on the ground goals through collaboration, not confrontation We called it the radical center and defined its mission as a grassroots coming together of diverse people to discuss their common interests rather than argue their differences and who agree to work cooperatively on a pragmatic program of action that improves the well being of all living things Included in this book are three columns that I wrote over a period of nearly twenty years The Uneasy Chair 1995 1997 which was published in the newsletter of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, The Far Horizon 1997 2006 for the newsletter of the Quivira Coalition, and The Next West 2009 2011 , which I wrote for my web site Taken together, I believe they offer a unique look at the times from the perspective of someone on the front lines.Courtney White Courtney White is the author of Revolution on the Range Island Press Grass, Soil, Hope Chelsea Green , with a Foreword by Michael Pollan The Age of Consequences Counterpoint Press , with an Introduction by Wendell Berry 2% Solutions for the Planet Chelsea Green and The Indelible West, with an Introduction by Wallace Stegner He lives in Santa Fe with his family jcourtneywhite
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