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Democracy for the Few

ISBN-10: 0495911267
ISBN-13: 9780495911265
Edition: 9th 2011
Authors: Michael Parenti
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Description: Parenti's provocative critique of class power within traditional political institutions will arouse classroom debate and introduce students to a unique viewpoint of American capitalism. Unlike most book on the American political system, DEMOCRACY  More...

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Book details

List price: $132.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Parenti's provocative critique of class power within traditional political institutions will arouse classroom debate and introduce students to a unique viewpoint of American capitalism. Unlike most book on the American political system, DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW emphasizes the political economy of public policy and who gets what.

Michael Parenti(Ph.D., Yale University) is an internationally known, award-winning author, scholar, and lecturer who addresses a wide variety of political and cultural subjects. Among his recent books are God and His Demons(2010), Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader(2007), The Culture Struggle(2006), The Assassination of Julius Caesar(2003), and Democracy for the Few, 9th edition(2010).

Preface
About the author
Partisan Politics
Beyond Textbooks
The Politico-Economic System
A Constitution for the Few
Class Power in Early America
Containing the Spread of Democracy
Fragmenting Majority Power
Plotters or Patriots?
Democratic Concessions
Rise of the Corporate State
The War Against Labor
Favors for Business
Pliable Progressives and Red Scares
The New Deal: Hard Times and Tough Reforms
Wealth and Want in the United States
Capital and Labor
Capital Concentration: Who Owns America?
Downsizing and Profiteering
Inflation, the Profit-Price Spiral
Monopoly Farming
Market Demand and Productivity
The Hardships of Working America
Poverty in Paradise
The Human Costs of Economic Injustice
Institutions and Ideologies
Corporate Plutocracy
Ideological Orthodoxy
Corporate Rule and Ruin: Some Examples
Left, Right, and Center
Public Opinion: Which Direction?
Democracy: Form and Content
Politics: Who Gets What?
Welfare for the Rich
Federal Handouts to Corporate America
The Billion-Dollar Bailouts
Taxes: Helping the Rich in their Time of Greed
Unkind Cuts, Unfair Rates
Deficit Spending and the National Debt
Some Hidden Deficits
Health and Human Services: Sacrificial Lambs
The Poor Get Less (and Less)
Social Insecurity: Privatizing Everything
A Sick Health System
The Health Insurance Racket
The “Socialist” Medical Menace?
Buyers Beware, and Workers Too
Creating Crises: Schools and Housing
“Mess Transit”
The Last Environment
Toxifying the Earth
Eco-Apocalypse
Pollution for Profits
Government for the Despoilers
An Alternative Approach
Unequal before the Law
Crime in the Suites
Big Crime, Small Punishment (Usually)
Class Law: Tough on the Weak
The Crime of Prisons
A Most Fallible System
Sexist Justice
The Victimization of Children
Racist Law Enforcement
Political Repression and National Insecurity
The Repression of Dissent
Political Prisoners, USA
Political Murder, USA
The National Security Autocracy
CIA: Capitalism's International Army or Cocaine Import Agency?
Watergate and Iran-contra
Homeland Insecurity
The U.S. Global Military Empire
A Global Kill Capacity
Pentagon Profits, Waste, and Theft
Harming Our Own
Economic Imperialism
Intervention Everywhere
Global Bloodletting
Who Governs? Elites, Labor, and Globalization
The Ruling Class
Labor Besieged
Unions and the Good Fight
How Globalization Undermines Democracy
Mass Media: For the Many, by the Few
He Who Pays the Piper
The Ideological Monopoly
Serving Officialdom
Political Entertainment
Room for Alternatives?
Voters, Parties, and Stolen Elections
Democrats and Republicans: Any Differences?
The Two-Party Monopoly
Making Every Vote Count
Rigging the Game
Money, a Necessary Condition
The Struggle to Vote
The War Against Imaginary “Voter Fraud”
Shady Elections
Pale Democracy
Congress: The Pocketing of Power
A Congress for the Money
Lobbyists: The Other Lawmakers
The Varieties of Corruption
Special Interests and Secrecy
The Legislative Labyrinth
Incumbency and Term Limits
Legislative Democracy under Siege
The President: Guardian of the System
Salesman of the System
The Two Faces of the President
Feds vs. States
A Loaded Electoral College
The Would-be Absolute Monarch
The Political Economy of Bureaucracy
The Myth and Reality of Inefficiency
Deregulation and Privatization
Secrecy and Deception, Waste and Corruption
Nonenforcement: Politics in Command
Serving the “Regulated”
Public Authority in Private Hands
Regulation and Business Ideology
The Supremely Political Court
Who Judges?
Conservative Judicial Activism (Early Times)
Circumventing the First Amendment
Freedom for Revolutionaries (and Others)?
As the Court Turns
Conservative Judicial Activism (Present Day)
Democracy for the Few
Pluralism for the Few
The Limits of Reform
Democracy as Popular Struggle
The Roles of the State
What Is to be Done?
The Reality of Public Production
Notes
Index

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