Phantom Democracy: Corporate Interests and Political Power in America

By Carl Boggs

In a robust new ebook, Boggs strains the old evolution of yankee politics through targeting the sluggish triumph of company and armed forces strength over democratic associations and practices. the implications of increasing usa worldwide presence on the grounds that global struggle II--involving an built-in and interwoven procedure of energy dependent within the everlasting conflict economic system, nationwide security-state, and company interests--has intended erosion of democratic politics, strengthening of the imperial presidency, elevated company and army impact over elections and laws, weakening of renowned governance, and diminution of citizenship. The occasions of September 11 and their aftermath, together with the struggle on Terror, long wars and overseas occupations, new threats of struggle, and big raises in Pentagon spending, have merely deepened the fad towards ever-more centred sorts of energy in a society that ostensibly embraces democratic values. Such advancements, Boggs argues, have deep origins in American background going again to the founding records, ideological precepts of the structure, early oligarchic rule, slavery, the Indian wars, and westward colonial growth.

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Referendums and Representative Democracy: Responsiveness, Accountability and Deliberation (Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science)

This quantity analyses how using referendums impacts the important features and features of consultant democracy. It offers a balanced account of the interplay among referendums and consultant associations and actors, trying to assessment even if referendums complement or undermine consultant democracy. contemplating either normative and empirical questions, the quantity additionally examines the actual conditions less than which referendums increase or weaken consultant democracy.

Providing various theoretical and methodological techniques utilized in the research of referendums, this publication is split into 3 sections: Referendums and the versions of Democracy, The call for of Referendums: social gathering Ideologies and methods, and Referendum Campaigns and Voter Behaviour. It positive aspects case stories on eire, Israel, Canada, California, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, the Nordic nations, the Netherlands, Spain and the ecu Constitutional Treaty. as well as system-level reviews of referendums, reviews at the ideological attitudes of political actors and strategic use of referendums, the quantity additionally presents analyses of referendum campaigns and citizens’ offerings in referendums. overlaying referendums on ecu integration, the quantity additionally demonstrates how supra-national governance offers upward thrust to the call for of referendums.

This quantity should be of curiosity to scholars and students of political technological know-how, political idea, comparative politics, and eu reviews.

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The Real World of Democracy (CBC Massey Lecture)

By C. B. Macpherson

In The genuine global of Democracy, C. B. Macpherson examines the rival principles of democracy — the communist, 3rd international, and Western-liberal versions — and their affects on each other. Macpherson, who used to be a professor of political technology on the college of Toronto and an Officer of the Order of Canada, means that the West needn't worry any problem to liberal democracy whether it is ready to think again and change its personal values.

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Curriculum on the Edge of Survival: How Schools Fail to Prepare Students for Membership in a Democracy

Typically, tuition curriculum has been considered during the lens of instruction for the place of work or better schooling, either valuable targets. in spite of the fact that, this isn't the single lens, and maybe now not even the main robust one to exploit, if the aim is to optimize the academic system. Curriculum at the fringe of Survival, 2d Edition, makes an attempt to outline easy facets of the curriculum whilst seen during the higher lens of a college because the critical software during which we continue a good democracy. if so, the aim of schooling is to arrange our scholars to take their rightful position as lively contributors of a democracy. This function is greater than office or collage readiness, and in reality subsumes them. the second one version of Curriculum at the fringe of Survival posits 4 significant beginning issues for schooling lower than the aim of getting ready scholars for useful club in a democracy: kindness, pondering, challenge fixing, and communications. those 4 foundational parts can be taught in each classification, at each point, each day. They shape the spine of a good academic system.

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Democracy for the Few

This can be no usual textbook on American govt. DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW is a provocative interpretation of yank executive that you've most probably no longer been uncovered to in effortless tuition, highschool, or different university classes, and positively no longer within the mass media. This textbook indicates how democracy is time and again violated by way of company oligopolies, yet how renowned forces have fought again and infrequently made profits despite the approach. via concentrating on the connection among financial energy and political energy, discussing real executive practices and regulations, conspiracies, propaganda, fraud, secrecy and different ploys of presidency and politics, this publication stands aside in its research of the way US executive works.

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Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the FrontLines of the

By Greg Palast

The “top journalist in the United States and the funniest” (Randi Rhodes, Air America), takes his past New York Times bestseller a step extra with scorching undercover dispatches— placing out the soiled underpants of the “armed and hazardous clowns that rule us.”

A White condominium spokesman stated, “We hate that sonovabitch.” They’re no longer by myself: From company suites to Osama’s cave, they worry what Britain’s Guardian calls “investigations up there with Woodward and Bernstein—and much funnier.” yet Greg Palast’s enthusiast following (nearly million readers of his internet column) has made him “a cult fave between progressives” (Village Voice) who can’t look forward to his subsequent unencumber.
Palast’s old-style gum-shoe detective paintings to dig out the data at the struggle on Terror, greed- dripping schemes to grab little international locations with plenty of oil, the hidden software to thieve the 2008 election, and the media biases that hold it unreported are the beef and bones of this BBC tv reporter’s new publication. Armed Madhouse is illustrated with dozens of records marked “secret” and “confidential” that experience walked out of dossier cupboards and fallen into Palast’s fingers.
You won’t locate Palast in The manhattan Times (except its bestseller list), yet you'll learn his reviews at the most popular sites around the world, listen him frequently on Air America and the Pacifica radio networks, and notice his tales reappearing because the foundation for Eminem’s hit video “Mosh,” Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, and sampled by means of a dozen of today’s most sensible platinum rock artists. BACKCOVER: “The maximum investigative journalist in America.”

“The form of investigative reporter you don’t see anymore—a move among Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes.”

“Courageous reporting.”

“Upsets the entire correct people!”

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The Age of American Unreason

By Susan Jacoby

A cultural heritage of the final 40 years, The Age of yank Unreason focuses at the convergence of social forces-usually taken care of as separate entities-that has created an ideal hurricane of anti-rationalism. those contain the upsurge of non secular fundamentalism, with extra political strength at the present time than ever ahead of; the failure of public schooling to create an educated citizenry; and the triumph of video over print tradition. Sparing neither the proper nor the left, Jacoby asserts that american citizens this present day have embraced a universe of “junk idea” that makes nearly no attempt to split truth from opinion.

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Peasant-Citizen and Slave: The Foundations of Athenian Democracy (Verso World History Series)

The debatable thesis on the heart of this research is that, regardless of the significance of slavery in Athenian society, the main distinct attribute of Athenian democracy was once the exceptional prominence it gave to unfastened exertions. wooden argues that the emergence of the peasant as citizen, juridically and politically self reliant, money owed for a lot that's amazing in Athenian political associations and tradition.

From a survey of historic writings of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, the point of interest of which distorted later debates, wooden is going directly to take factor with influential arguments, corresponding to these of G.E.M. de Ste Croix, concerning the significance of slavery in agricultural creation. The social, political and cultural impact of the peasant-citizen is explored in a manner which questions the most loved conventions of Marxist and non-Marxist historiography.

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David's Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art

Throughout Western historical past, the societies that experience made the best contributions to the unfold of freedom have created iconic artworks to rejoice their achievements. but regardless of the iconic charm of those works—from the Parthenon to Michelangelo’s David to Picasso’s Guernica—histories of either artwork and democracy have overlooked this phenomenon. thousands have widespread the works of art lined during this e-book yet quite few recognize why they have been commissioned, what was once occurring within the tradition that produced them, or what they have been intended to accomplish. Even students who've studied them for many years frequently leave out the large photograph through viewing them in isolation from a bigger tale of human striving.

David’s Sling locations into context ten canonical artworks finished to commemorate the successes of unfastened societies that exerted political and financial impact a ways past what could have been anticipated of them. Fusing political and artwork heritage with a sensible dose of artistic reconstruction, Victoria Coates has crafted a full of life narrative round each one inventive item and the loose procedure that encouraged it.

This publication integrates the subjects of artistic excellence and political freedom to carry a clean, new point of view to either. In telling the tales of ten masterpieces, David’s Sling invitations mirrored image at the synergy among liberty and human achievement.

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The Struggle for Democracy: Paradoxes of Progress and the Politics of Change

Revolutionaries, counter-revolutionaries, and reformers internationally attract democracy to justify their activities. but if political factions compete over the correct to behave in "the people's" identify, who's to come to a decision? even though the matter is as previous because the nice revolutions of the 17th and eighteenth centuries, occasions from the Arab Spring to secession referendums recommend that this day it's not often any towards being solved.

This e-book defends a brand new thought of democratic legitimacy and alter that gives a solution. Christopher Meckstroth exhibits why common perspectives that determine democracy with undying rules or associations fall into paradox while requested to make feel of democratic founding and alter. fixing the matter, he argues, calls for transferring concentration to the ancient stipulations below which voters determine what it is going to suggest to manipulate themselves in a democratic means. the one method of checking out disputes with no religion in development is to teach, in Socratic model, that a few events' claims to talk for "the humans" can't delay even on their lonesome terms.

Meckstroth builds his argument on provocative and closely-argued interpretations of Plato, Kant, and Hegel, suggesting that regular perspectives of them as foundationalist metaphysicians misunderstand their debt to a mode of radical doubt pioneered via Socrates. improving this custom of antifoundational argument calls for rethinking where of German idealism within the heritage of political suggestion and opens new instructions for modern democratic conception. The ancient and Socratic thought of democracy the ebook defends makes attainable a completely new method of drawing close struggles over contested notions of growth, well known sovereignty, political judgment and democratic change.

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