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This is no ordinary textbook on American Government. DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW is a provocative interpretation of American Government that you have likely not been exposed to in elementary school, high school, or other college courses, and certainly not in the mass media. This textbook shows how democracy is repeatedly violated by corporate oligopolies, but how popular forces have fought back and occasionally made gains in spite of the system. By focusing on the relationship between economic power and political power, discussing actual government practices and policies, conspiracies, propaganda, fraud, secrecy and other ploys of government and politics, this book stands apart in its analysis of how US Government works.
Table of Contents
About the Author
The Politico-Economic System
Wealth and Want in the United States
Capital and Labor
Capital Concentration: Who Owns America?
Downsizing and Price Gouging
Market Demand and Productivity
The Hardships of Working America
The Human Costs of Economic Injustice
The Plutocratic Culture: Institutions and Ideologies
Corporate Plutocracy and Ideological Orthodoxy
Left, Right, and Center
Public Opinion: Which Direction?
Democracy: Form and Content
A Constitution for the Few
Class Power in Early America
Containing the Spread of Democracy
Fragmenting Majority Power
Plotters or Patriots?
Rise of the Corporate State
War against Labor, Favors for Business
Pliable Progressives and Red Scares
The New Deal: Hard Times and Tough Reforms
Politics: Who Gets What?
Welfare for the Rich
Federal Bailouts, State and Local Handouts
Taxes: Helping the Rich in Their Time of Greed
Unkind Cuts, Unfair Rates
Deficit Spending and the National Debt
Some Hidden Deficits
The U.S. Global Military Empire
A Global Kill Capacity
Pentagon Profits, Waste, and Theft
Harming Our Own
Health and Human Services: Sacrificial Lambs
The Poor Get Less (and Less)
Social Insecurity: Privatizing Everything
How Much Health Can You Afford?
Buyers Beware, and Workers Too
Creating Crises: Schools and Housing
The Last Environment
Toxifying the Earth
Pollution for Profits
Government for the Despoilers
An Alternative Approach
Unequal before the Law
Crime in the Suites
Class Law: Tough on the Weak
The Crime of Prisons
A Most Fallible System
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
Who Governs? Elites, Labor, and Globalization
The Ruling Class
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
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
Stolen Elections, Lost Democracy
Congress: The Pocketing of Power
A Congress for the Money
Lobbyists: The Other Lawmakers
The Varieties of Corruption
Special Interests, Secrecy, and Manipulation
The Legislative Labyrinth
Legislative Democracy under Siege
The President: Guardian of the System
Salesman of the System
The Two Faces of the President
Feds versus States
A Loaded Electoral College
The Would-Be King
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
Monopoly Regulation versus Public-Service Regulation
The Supremely Political Court
Conservative Judicial Activism
Circumventing the First Amendment
Freedom for Revolutionaries (and Others)?
As the Court Turns
Influence of the Court
Democracy for the Few
Pluralism for the Few
The Limits of Reform
Democracy as Class Struggle
The Roles of State
What Is to Be Done?
The Reality of Public Production
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