How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
On September 20, 2011, despite a fervent opposition, Congress overturned a 17-year ban on gay men and lesbians serving in the military. A Huffington Post e-book original, How We Won is legal scholar Aaron Belkin’s insider account of how the country came to see the injustice of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and why it took so long to happen. After more than a decade of campaigning, Belkin found that the key to winning was in highlighting the fallacies from the opposing party. His story not only speaks to the virtue of equality in the armed forces, but serves as a touchstone for progressives looking to set public policy in the future.
“This is a wonderful and compelling read… Aaron Belkin did a fantastic job of illustrating the complexity of the issue and pointing out the lessons learned. Activists at all levels and areas would likely benefit greatly from this book.”
-DAVID LEVY, co-author of Echoes of Mind: Thinking Deeply
“How We Won is a remarkable story written from the perspective of an eminently successful scholar and public policy activist… One one page you’ll find him complementing his opposition when he found himself outplayed, and then on the next page, he critiques their strategy. By evaluating all the evidence of this epic policy reversal, he provides a deeply reflective perspective into a very complex and fascinating story.”
-JIM PARCO, former United States Air Force lieutenant colonel
AARON BELKIN is an Associate Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University and founder and director of the Palm Center, a research institute for progressive policy which The Advocate has identified as one of the most effective gay-rights groups in the country. Prior to his arrival at SFSU, he was a MacArthur Foundation postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley and a pre-doctoral fellow at Stanford. Dr. Belkin has delivered more than 30 lectures on “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) at military universities including West Point, the Army War College, the Air Force Academy, the Naval War College and others.