The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America

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Onnesha Roychoudhuri argues in The Marginalized Majority that Trump and Trumpians, despite the strong tide on which they came into power, are in fact in the minority. The groups that have previously been considered to be the minority in America are in fact part of an overwhelming majority–when united together. Roychoudhuri compellingly argues that we must resist feelings of helplessness and cynicism and instead take any small opportunities we have to act locally to make a difference–even if it’s just making sure all of your friends and family vote. She argues forcefully that cynicism only perpetuates the current situation by allowing people to remove themselves from accountability.

I personally can tend toward the despairing and cynical, so I found Roychoudhuri’s message relevant and encouraging. While it could be seen as overly idealistic, the book makes a strong critique of the politics of cynicism as not just intellectually lazy but reprehensible in its use as an excuse for detachment and inaction. Message received.

Roychoudhuri’s book is engaging, compelling, and smart reading. Recommended, particularly to those feeling discouraged in the current political climate.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher Melville House
Publish Date 2018-Jul-10
ISBN 9781612196992 Buy this Book
Issue January 2019
Category Current Events & Politics


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