Naomi Wolf’s Plan for Restoring American Liberty
Naomi Wolf is an author and essayist whose works have appeared in The New Republic, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Ms., Esquire, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She also speaks widely to groups across the country.
Her first book, The Beauty Myth, was an international bestseller. She followed it with Fire With Fire: The New Female Power and How It Will Change The 21st Century; Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood; Misconceptions, critique of pregnancy and birth in America; The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot; and Give me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries.
Wolf is also co-founder of the Board of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization devoted to training young women in ethical leadership for the 21st century. She is a graduate of Yale University and completed her graduate work at New College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Wolf: Dedicate a national deliberation day period going to each election, drive a movement at local state and national levels to offer all government websites and information on government processes in two formats, both legally and a translation into English, establishing easy to use Congressional interactive websites that presents real time upcoming legislation, make sure similar transparent sites operate covering local and state activity in every community, give each graduating senior an easy to understand guide to running for local state in national office, reinstate the practice of giving a handbook of patriotic writings and values to citizens perhaps on graduation from high school or on securing a driver’s license or registering to vote, pass federal legislation to ensure that we keep certain basic rights to assemble and protest without having to face preemptive detention, rubber bullets, microwave weapon or tasers, abolish free speech [plusses] on campuses, make sure that United States of America has a free speech plaza. Create a national non-partisan clearing house with fulltime phone and internet advisers to help citizens run for office. Create a nationwide version of the 311 line to direct calls to the right government department so that you know which issue is local, state or federal and how to pursue it appropriately. Drive a pressure campaign against local and regional newspapers to ask that they post the days or the next few days’ upcoming business in Congress and the local and state level with contact numbers written in accessible conventional English. Establish a national free system of American emerging courses so that any new or current citizen can become proficient in the common language but also able to engage in debate and deliberation as well as getting a refresher course in core American values.
Naomi Wolf details her requests for a freer America.
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