Reactions to “Voice of the People”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Reactions to “Voice of the People“” el_class=”front-title-vision” css=”.vc_custom_1479421986653{margin-bottom: 27px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text]larry-biehlVoice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in Amercian Life by A. Lawrence Chickering and James S. Turner presents a powerful critique of America’s current political system. The authors emphasize the value of stong commitment to citizen engagement in solving problems ranging from the crisis in education to the cotinuing challenge of race to major issues related to foreign policy and national security.  They challene us to think about these and other issues in new ways that will help end the alienation many voters now feel toward the political system.”

– From the book’s Foreword by Larry Biehl, Founder of the The Da Vinci Society[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Praise for “Voice of the People“” el_class=”front-title-lawry” css=”.vc_custom_1479432324711{margin-bottom: 27px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”Chickering and Turner turn our thinking upside down, challenging readers to think about issues from public school reform to foreign policy in new ways. At the heart of their analysis is a profound critique of mechanistic thinking that has dominated Western thought for at least three centuries.”

– Michael Murphy, founder of Esalen Institute; author of The Future of the Body and Golf in the Kingdom.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”Voice of the People is a pragmatic invitation to all Americans, regardless of political persuasion, to work together as citizens to solve the great challenges we face that transcend the current partisan divides.”

 Bob Edgar, President, Common Cause[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”Chickering and Turner want us to look at issues from a new perspective, develop new ways of talking about differences that may be more illusory than real.”

– David A. Keene, Chairman, American Conservative Union[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”The transpartisan movement has begun to move America beyond the stale partisan rhetoric and fixed bayonets of past agruments.  There are ways to rephrase questions and look anew at old challenges that unite Americans more than they divide us.”

– Grover G.Norquist, conservative commentator and President, Americans for Tax Reform[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator border_width=”2″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”Voice of the People is an important, timely, often profound call for more integral politics,in theory and in action.  It is the first step towards the creation of a political culture that heals rather than hurts, integrates rather than fragments, and unites rather than divides.  If its recommendations were actually put into action, we would see nothing less than a transformation of humanity itself.”

– Ken Wilber, Philosopher and author The Integral Vision[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”I’ve spent most of my 40 years in politics on the Right because of my belief in limited government.  However,I have recently been discovering that the old labels of left/right, liberal/ conservative no longer apply.  Common ground is being found through left/right coalitions on personal privacy issues, fee market solutions to poverty,and even foreign policy.  Read Voice of the People to learn how such integration can work.”

– Tom Deweese, President American Policy Center[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”Voice of the People provides a timely wake-up to all of us who are working totransform and humanize our public institutions.  The authors help us go beyond our stereotypes about “the other side” to see the rich tensions that live in each side and connect us in common concern for a caring democracy.  As an educator working to give students tools for crossing the divides, I was moved by the role they see for citizen engagement to rebuild trust and meaningful connection in our public life and offer creative solutions to some of our most pressing challenges.”

– Rachel Kessler, Founder & director of The Passageworks Institute.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]As America’s ruling establishment drives us ever downward to the mutual hatreds of partisan orhodoxies, Lawry Chickering and Jim Turner offer us a lifeline. They understand how our deep identity –shpaed by a unique American religious nationalism–is today at risk. They witness the the damage of conflicts within ourselves, and they testify to the heartfelt desire of ordinary Americans to reunite and feel together again. If anything they are a sign–hopefully one of many! –that the people, aware of where we stand and what is at stake,can come together once more to renew American identity.”

– Michael Vlahos, Former Director for the Study of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 1988-1991.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator border_width=”2″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Impertative in American Life provides real substance to the politics of hope andto reviving the dream of democracy we’ve carried with us from the days of our founders. Lawry Chickering and Jim Turner have given us a breathtakingly simple and doable blueprintor reclaimingour political system.”

Donna Zajonc, former Oregon State Representative and author of The Politics of Hope: Reviving the Dream of Democracy“[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4”][vc_column_text]”Turner and Chickering are not saying the right is wrong or the left is right, but that left and right offer only partial ways of understanding  and sustainably dealing with complex issues. The key to solving this conundrum is to transcend the limits of each and integrate their strengths. They also recognize that the so-called left and right do not include a new large “post-partisan” demographic which is now emerging and has yet to find a political home that truly expresses its interests.  This illuminating book also offers a fresh architecture and compelling interpersonal processes for dealing with the various , thorny challenges—political, economic, social, cultural, and spiritual— that we face as a nation.”

– Michael D. Ostrolenk, President, American Conservative Defense Alliance & Chair, The Liberty Coalition[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”In Voice of the People, Lawry Chickering and Jim Turner have made a vital contribution to a growing movement in Anerican politics.  It is a movement rooted in the wisdom of E Pluribus Unum–from many one.   They eloquently advance the notion of citizens as partners with government, arguing that average Americans are a vast untapped resource seking a means to contribute to economic and social progress.  Millions of people from all points of view–left, right, and center are waking up, linking up, and seeking guidance about how to re-engage.  Now they have a manifesto.”

– Joseph McCormick, Co-founder and Chairman Reuniting America[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”This book challenges our traditional, political boundaries and sterotypes and offers a road map to usher in a new era  for citizen creativity and effectiveness.  Kudos to Turner and Chickering for a new sound sytem for the voice of the people.”

Robert Gass, Leadership coach, facilitator and expert on Oganizational Transformation[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator border_width=”2″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”A highly constructive book–a powerful antidote to the insidious poison of partisan hatred that undermines the discussion and implementation of constructive solutions to our nation’s problems.”

– Michael Strong CEO of FLOW a non-profit decidated to “Liberating the Entepreneurial Spirit for Good.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Two centuries ago George Wshington warned us of the perils of partisanship.  Today we have the opportunity to heed his sage adviceand create a new forum of ‘transpartisan’ politics that empowers citizens and respects differences as it instills unity out of diversity. This revolutionary and provocative essay shows us how. Read it at your own risk.

William Ury, co-Author of Getting to Yes and author of The Third Side  and The Power of a Positive No[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”Voice of the People provides hope that the era of divisive politics in America may finally be ending.  Chickering and Turner invite us to think and talk and work together to confront our challenges. They provide both a way out of our polarization and a way in for many people to make a real contribution to the common good.”

Jeff Weissglass, Advisory Board Chair, The Project on Civic Reflection and Core Team Member, The Transpartisan Center[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]”Required reading for anyone frustrated by divisive do-nothing politics (and who isn’t?)…I couldn’t agree more with Chickering and Turner’s prescription: to generate truly popular–and thus sutainable–reforms the government has to put ‘the public’ back in public debate. So call me a ‘transpartisan.’

Hernando De Soto, Professor of Economics at various universities and resident of Lima, Peru[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_btn title=”Return to the Transpartisan Voice” style=”flat” color=”purple” align=”center” link=”|||” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1479435663418{margin-top: 9px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-right-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;border-left-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;border-left-color: #ffffff !important;border-right-color: #ffffff !important;border-top-color: #ffffff !important;border-bottom-color: #ffffff !important;}”]Disclaimer:  The contents of this section were first published online at in 2009 and some attributions, links, and details may be dated or no longer accurate.  As we build the Transpartisan Review website, we will be updating what we can but in the meantime we appreciate your patience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]