Unrig : how to fix our broken democracy

by Newman, Dan

Format: Print Book 2020
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Paul Perry is an ideal candidate for the Democratic Party. He's a young Black man with an Ivy League education and a compelling life story who is running on a platform of affordable healthcare and better salaries for teachers. But he finds that it takes more than determination, hard work, and a political science degree to defeat his opponents--it takes deep pockets. His campaign comes to a screeching halt, not because of a scandal or a lack of community support, but because he couldn't raise enough funds. This is one of the many stories in Unrig. Using short histories, biographical sketches, and current events, journalist Daniel G. Newman and artist George O'Connor paint a complex picture of how wealth and influence are used to shape our democracy.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A no-holds-barred look at the various ways wealthy interests influence and control multiple aspects of American governmental policies and institutions, Unrig is both timely and devastating to read when the country is facing a global pandemic as well as nationwide demonstrations for racial justice. With a laser-like focus on economic interests, Newman does not touch much on other inequities in our democracy but he does point out the ways in which "unrigging" the rules around wealth and government could improve the lives of many marginalized people. In style, O'Connor's art brings to mind Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics but whether that is because of the straightforward presentation, frequently changed and entertaining scenery, or the existence of a dark-haired male narrator in a plaid shirt is hard to say. Lively images of the narrator driving a car back to 1888 and personal stories like those of the "badass grandmas" keep the academic topic from becoming too dry, and the conversational tone explains complex topics in an easy-to-understand fashion."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Political activist Newman presents an enlightening and alarming--but ultimately hopeful--take on the causes of what he sees as America's ailing democracy and offers strategies to repair the damage. He breaks down the ways in which corporations and "dark money" influence political candidates and electoral outcomes: "The rules let politicians choose their voters, instead of the other way around." Newman lays out his theory that the agenda of billionaires such as the Koch brothers and Betsy DeVos is to render government virtually irrelevant by sowing partisan gridlock, hollowing out safety nets like social security, and packing courts with operatives (such as Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts) who will actively rule in favor of voter suppression and gerrymandering. In opposition to these far-right schemes, Newman highlights progressive political initiatives designed to boost citizen participation, including the "Democracy Vouchers" program implemented in Seattle in 2015, which provides vouchers to voters so they can donate to candidates of their choice, and ranked-choice voting, currently implemented in Maine and several U.S. cities. The energetic drawings by O'Connor (the Olympians series) effectively bolster Newman's occasionally packed-in text throughout, ending with an effective call to arms. This cogent plea for democracy is fueled with an urgency that should initiate debate and inspire action. (July)"
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Additional Information
Series World citizen comics.
Subjects Political corruption -- United States -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Political participation -- United States -- Comic books, strips, etc.
United States -- Politics and government -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Nonfiction comics.
Educational comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors O'Connor, George, artist.
Language English
Description 280 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-275) and index.
ISBN 9781250295309
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