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The rise and radicalization of a new generation of American protest.

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Polls show Black Lives Matter is more popular right now than the Civil Rights movement was at its peak. If you look at history, disruption works. Everyone likes to pretend they weren't the ones complaining about being inconvenienced when it was going on, they pretend they were the ones who went to Selma and joined the march. If everyone who claims to have done that actually had, they wouldn't have needed to march in the first place.

Journalist Sarah Jaffe explores recent uprisings around America and across the American political spectrum - from the ways both Tea Party and Black Lives Matter protestors are responding to failures of the nation's political class and economic institutions, to the newfound power and popularity of public disruption - and explains how the today's diverse social movements are evolving tactics and goals beyond electoral politics, and toward challenging the structures of power and capital.

Sarah's first book, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, is available now from Nation Books.

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Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at the Nation Institute and the co-host of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast. Her first book, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt is available now from Nation Books.

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