The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters

By Greg Palast

Award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast digs deep to unearth the gruesome proof that few newshounds operating at any place on the earth at the present time have the braveness or skill to hide. From East Timor to Waco, he has uncovered probably the most egregious instances of political corruption, company fraud, and fiscal manipulation within the US and in a foreign country. His uncanny investigative talents in addition to his no-holds-barred sort have made him an anathema between magnates on 4 continents and a dwelling legend between his colleagues and his dedicated readership.
This intriguing new assortment brings jointly a few of Palast's strongest writing of the prior decade. integrated listed below are his celebrated "Washington Post" exposé on Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris's stealing of the presidential election in Florida, and up to date tales on George W. Bush's payoffs to company cronies, the payola in the back of Hillary Clinton, and the pretend strength predicament. additionally integrated during this quantity are new and formerly unpublished fabric, tv transcripts, pictures and letters.

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Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement

This volume examines the function of rhetoric in today’s tradition of democratic activism. the quantity takes on of the main major demanding situations at present dealing with modern rhetorical reviews: (1) the contested meanings and practices of democracy and civic engagement in worldwide context, and (2) the vital function of rhetoric in democratic activist practices. In providing numerous political and rhetorical struggles of their particular contexts, editors Seth Kahn and JongHwa Lee enable members to mirror on and difficult percentages for either activist techniques to rhetorical reviews, and rhetorical techniques to activist initiatives, facilitating greater figuring out the socio-political results of this paintings.

With members from widely recognized students in verbal exchange and composition reports, the gathering bargains useful situations that spotlight how rhetoric mediates, constitutes, and/or intervenes in democratic rules and practices. It additionally considers theoretical questions that recognize profound voids within the rhetorical culture (e.g., Western, neo-Aristotelian, liberal) and extend the horizon of conventional rhetorical views. It advocates new wisdom and practices that extra advertise civic engagement, social switch and democracy within the worldwide context.

Activism and Rhetoric will be applicable for students and scholars throughout disciplines, including rhetoric, composition, communique experiences, political technology, cultural reviews, and women’s experiences.

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State of Crisis

By Zygmunt Bauman, Carlo Bordoni

This present day we pay attention a lot speak of drawback and comparisons are usually made with the good melancholy of the Thirties, yet there's a the most important distinction that units our present malaise except the Thirties: this present day we now not belief within the means of the nation to unravel the challenge and to chart a brand new approach ahead. In our more and more globalized international, states were stripped of a lot in their energy to form the process occasions. a lot of our difficulties are globally produced however the quantity of strength on the disposal of person realms will never be adequate to deal with the issues they face. This divorce among energy and politics produces a brand new form of paralysis. It undermines the political corporation that's had to take on the quandary and it saps citizens’ trust that governments can bring on their provides. The impotence of governments is going hand in hand with the starting to be cynicism and mistrust of electorate. for this reason the present situation is right away a obstacle of organization, a problem of consultant democracy and a problem of the sovereignty of the state.

In this publication the world-renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and fellow vacationer Carlo Bordoni discover the social and political dimensions of the present quandary. whereas this situation has been significantly exacerbated by means of the turmoil following the monetary problem of 2007-8, Bauman and Bordoni argue that the situation dealing with Western societies is rooted in a way more profound sequence of differences that reach again additional in time and are generating long-lasting effects.

This hugely unique research of our present situation by means of of the world’s major social thinkers may be of curiosity to a large readership.

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The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics

By Thomas Byrne Edsall

One of our such a lot prescient political observers offers a sobering account of the way pitched battles over scarce assets will more and more outline American politics within the coming years—and how we would stay away from, or no less than mitigate, the wear from those ideological and monetary battles.
In a question of simply 3 years, a sour fight over restricted assets has enveloped political discourse at each point within the usa. Fights among haves and have-nots over future health care, unemployment advantages, investment for personal loan write-downs, monetary stimulus legislation—and, on the neighborhood point, over cuts in police safety, rubbish assortment, and within the variety of teachers—have ruled the controversy. Elected officers are being compelled to make zero-sum choices—or worse, offerings with out winners.
Resource pageant among Democrats and Republicans has left both sides decided to guard what it has on the fee of the opposite. the foremost problems with the following few years—long-term deficit aid; entitlement reform, significantly of Social defense, Medicare, and Medicaid; significant cuts in safeguard spending; and trouble in financing a continuation of yankee foreign involvement—suggest that your-gain-is-my-loss politics will necessarily accentuate.

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Ruling the Void: The Hollowing-Out of Western Democracy

By Peter Mair

Within the usual democracies of Western Europe, electoral turnouts are in decline, club is shrinking within the significant events, and people who stay dependable partisans are sapped of enthusiasm. Peter Mair’s new e-book weighs the impression of those adjustments, which jointly convey that, after a century of democratic aspiration, electorates are deserting the political area. Mair examines the alarming parallel improvement that has noticeable Europe’s political elites rework themselves as a homogeneous expert category, chickening out into nation associations that supply relative balance in an international of fickle electorate. in the meantime, non-democratic companies and practices proliferate and achieve credibility—not least between them the eu Union itself, a company contributing to the depoliticization of the member states and one whose infamous ‘democratic deficit’ displays the planned intentions of its founders.

Ruling the Void deals an authoritative and chilling evaluation of the clients for well known political illustration at the present time, not just within the different democracies of Europe yet through the constructed international.

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Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The 'Absolute Democracy' or 'Defiled Republic'

Whereas Alexis de Tocqueville defined the United States because the 'absolute democracy' Karl Marx observed the kingdom as a 'defiled republic' as long as it authorized the enslavement of blacks. August J. Nimtz argues that Marx, not like Tocqueville, not just well-known that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression have been primary to democracy's cognizance yet was once prepared to behave on those convictions. This powerful and insightful research into the methods of 2 significant thinkers offers clean perception into previous and current debates approximately race and democracy in the US.

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Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Raymond Wacks

The concept that of legislations lies on the center of our social and political existence, shaping the nature of our neighborhood and underlying matters from racism and abortion to human rights and foreign conflict. criminal philosophy, or jurisprudence, explores the idea of legislations and its function in society, illuminating its which means and its relation to the common questions of justice, rights, and morality.

In this Very brief Introduction Raymond Wacks analyzes the character and function of the criminal process, and the perform via courts, legal professionals, and judges. Wacks finds the fascinating and not easy nature of felony philosophy with readability and exuberance, offering an enlightening advisor to the primary questions of felony theory.

In this revised version Wacks makes a couple of updates together with new fabric on felony realism, adjustments to the method of the research of legislations and criminal concept, and makes updates to old and anthropological jurisprudence.

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Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence bargains concise and unique introductions to quite a lot of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary thought to heritage, and Archaeology to the Bible. now not easily a textbook of definitions, every one quantity during this sequence presents trenchant and provocative--yet continually balanced and complete--discussions of the vital concerns in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief advent provides a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has constructed and the way it has inspired society. ultimately, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, providing all scholars an available and considerable reference library. regardless of the quarter of analysis that one deems vital or beautiful, regardless of the subject that fascinates the final reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and reasonable advisor that would most probably turn out indispensable.

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The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War

By Andrew J. Bacevich

During this provocative ebook, Andrew Bacevich warns of a deadly twin obsession that has taken carry of american citizens, either conservatives and liberals alike. it's a marriage of militarism and utopian ideology, of unheard of army may possibly wed to a blind religion within the universality of yank values. This mind-set, Bacevich warns, invitations unending warfare and the ever-deepening militarization of U.S. coverage. It gives you to not excellent yet to pervert American beliefs and to speed up the hollowing out of yankee democracy.

In The New American Militarism, Bacevich examines the origins and implications of this faulty company. He indicates how American militarism emerged as a response to the Vietnam warfare, while a number of teams in American society -soldiers, politicians at the make, intellectuals, strategists, Christian evangelicals, even purveyors of dad culture-came to work out the revival of army strength and the social gathering of army values because the antidote to the entire ills besetting the rustic because of Vietnam and the Nineteen Sixties. The upshot, acutely obtrusive within the aftermath of September 11, has been a revival of substantial pursuits, this time coupled with a mentioned affinity for the sword. Bacevich urges american citizens to revive a feeling of realism and a feeling of percentage to U.S. coverage. He proposes, in brief, to convey American reasons and American methods-especially in regards to the function of the military-back into concord with the nation's founding ideals.

For this variation, Bacevich has written a brand new Afterword within which he considers how American militarism has replaced some time past 5 years. He explores particularly how this ideology has functioned less than Barack Obama, who ran for president on a crusade in keeping with wish for swap and for a brand new starting. regardless of such rhetoric, Bacevich powerfully indicates, the attitudes and preparations giving upward thrust to the hot American militarism stay intact and inviolable as ever.

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Phantom Democracy: Corporate Interests and Political Power in America

By Carl Boggs

In a strong new ebook, Boggs strains the ancient evolution of yankee politics by means of concentrating on the sluggish triumph of company and armed forces strength over democratic associations and practices. the implications of increasing usa international presence considering that international struggle II--involving an built-in and interwoven procedure of strength established within the everlasting struggle financial system, nationwide security-state, and company interests--has intended erosion of democratic politics, strengthening of the imperial presidency, elevated company and armed forces impression over elections and laws, weakening of well known 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 conflict, and large raises in Pentagon spending, have merely deepened the fashion towards ever-more centred kinds of energy in a society that ostensibly embraces democratic values. Such advancements, Boggs argues, have deep origins in American heritage going again to the founding records, ideological precepts of the structure, early oligarchic rule, slavery, the Indian wars, and westward colonial enlargement.

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In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders? (Kindle Single) (TED Books)

A up to date Gallup ballot indexed the main- and least-trusted professions in the US. on the backside of the checklist: automobile salesmen and participants of Congress. it is not demanding to appreciate why our legislators cost so poorly — scandals, myopia, obstinence, social gathering loyalty over universal strong, monetary cliffs. All have left electorate exasperated and harassed. yet whereas self assurance in our elected leaders hasn't ever been decrease, we dangle to the assumption that democracies signify they epitome of societal and political association. Why? In his provocative ebook "In distrust We belief: Can Democracy live on after we do not belief Our Leaders", political commentator Ivan Krastev explores this incongruity among our head and our center. there was a profound decline of the public’s belief within the functionality of public associations, he notes, that is an consequence of the electorate’ experience in their misplaced strength. Tech instruments may also help offer a few openness to the machinations of the political computer, yet they might simply be placing a band-aid on an open wound. eventually, Krastev ponders even if we will be able to benefit from the many rights of our society, with no having fun with actual political selection or energy. easily placed: can democracy live to tell the tale with out belief?

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