By Dana Fisher

Activism, Inc. introduces the US to an more and more frequent 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 unheard of entry to the "People's Project," an unknown but influential association riding left-leaning grassroots politics, Dana Fisher tells the genuine tale of outsourcing politics in the US. just like the significant firms that outsourced their customer support to businesses in a foreign country, the grassroots campaigns of nationwide innovative movements—including Greenpeace, the Sierra membership, keep the kids, and the Human Rights Campaign—have been outsourced at varied occasions to this unmarried association. in the course of the 2004 presidential crusade, the Democratic get together an analogous outsourcing version for his or her canvassing.

Fisher examines the historical past and reason in 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 undertaking administration. She compares all of this to the grassroots efforts at the correct, which stay firmly grounded in groups and native politics.

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

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