New Direction

The Nonviolent Movement

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
241 Pages
Reviewed on 02/01/2024
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

In New Direction by Joshua Flapan, the author argues that the United States is entrenched in a prolonged civil war marked by cultural conflicts. Proposing a Constitutional Convention as a solution, Flapan addresses issues such as electoral college problems, war powers, and divisive wedge topics, advocating for a transparent and inclusive political process. Flapan provides context through historical events, wars, cultural debates, and government actions for a solid overview of constitutional and social issues throughout U.S. history. He discusses the failures of the existing system and the need for a nonviolent revolution through constitutional means to create a more adaptive and effective governance structure. Flapan discusses the necessity of addressing long-standing wedge issues and creating a new charter to foster transparency and responsiveness while weeding through contemporary challenges and economic difficulties and proposing reforms for a more efficient and democratic government.

New Direction by Joshua Flapan provides an extraordinarily detailed and informative analysis of various government departments, their historical contexts, and the challenges they face. The inclusion of comparative analyses strengthens the book's standing as a reform-focused work. As an American expat who has spent the last decade in England, it was interesting to take a deep dive beyond the superficial surface of other books and to read not just what the problems facing American governance are right now but a proposal to fix them. It was heartening to see someone intelligently champion the safeguarding of institutions, like the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the threat to its integrity. The standout to me is Flapan's unwavering understanding that the Constitution is a living document and that reforms are needed to address contemporary issues. The book is well-written, exhaustively researched, and presented in an accessible manner, and there is no doubt readers who sit down with it will agree it has both merit and value. Very highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

New Direction: The Nonviolent Movement, Present Day Nonviolent Revolution is a work of non-fiction in the societal issues, government and politics, and business and economics subgenres. The work is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Joshua Flapan, this book challenges the status quo and advocates for a revolutionary shift in the current governmental system. Flapan proposes the adoption of a parliamentary system with a strong Prime Minister and a weak president, emphasizing the need for checks and balances. The book delves into the possibility of calling a constitutional convention to address issues such as war powers, highlighting the lack of a formal declaration of war in recent history. Flapan encourages readers to explore avenues for ending the culture war, resolving conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, and fostering a more direct democratic process for federal issues. The book inspires critical thinking about governance, emphasizing the importance of realigning priorities and addressing pressing global issues through diplomatic means.

Author Joshua Flapan has penned an eye-opening and thought-provoking reading experience, presenting a passionately written and compelling argument for reshaping the political landscape. The call for a constitutional convention and the emphasis on nonviolence in addressing international conflicts provide much-needed fresh perspectives on political activism and change. While challenging traditional norms, the book encourages readers to envision a more cooperative and inclusive approach to governance, making it a thought-provoking read for those seeking alternatives to the current political paradigm. The narrative style is clear and concise to give a lot of clarity and accessibility to complex global issues, and the sense of motivation and commitment in Flapan’s writing makes it all the more enjoyable to engage with his arguments. Overall, I would certainly recommend New Direction as a well-penned and well-organized thinking piece that will give you lots of new and original thoughts to consider.

Doreen Chombu

The world is currently in turmoil; systems are failing, wars are raging, financial systems are crashing, and conflicts between social groups keep escalating. A solution is urgently needed to ensure that there is unity, stability, and security. In his book New Direction, Joshua Flapan proposes a non-violent revolution that requires the use of diplomacy, is transparent, holds leaders accountable, and works for the people. The author explains the problems with the Constitution and why America requires a new Charter. The book covers issues that have split the liberals and the conservatives such as global warming, stem cell research, the health system, abortion, gun control, and America’s participation in foreign wars. He also covers parts of the Constitution that work and highlights the benefits of having a president and prime minister system.

New Direction is one of the most captivating books I have ever read. The author's passion is evident in every sentence and his immense research. I loved the way he outlines how politics and leadership have evolved from cavemen and tribal leaders to the current state we are in. The proposals Joshua Flapan gives are well-thought-out. He even includes future space-related solutions like satellite controls, space warfare, and settlements. He does not side with any political party; instead, he discusses changes that will benefit everyone equally. I loved this book because it resonates with the ordinary man on the street. Wars and scandals keep repeating themselves, so we have to break this continuous cycle because future generations will not have anything to hold on to. The author gives definitions for political terms, making it easy for anyone to understand and follow the book. New Direction is a must-read that will encourage you to wish for a better tomorrow where peace reigns, corruption is eradicated, and there is mutual understanding.