For the Love of Long Shots: A Memoir on Democracy

By Shawn Casey O'Brien

What might ensue if forty million disabled voters equipped their vote and took energy in the US? Shawn Casey O'Brien's literary memoir For the affection Of lengthy pictures appears to be like on the off-beat, humane percentages as a rag tag workforce of disabled rebels lay the foundation for simply this type of cold, democratic revolution. From motivating thousands to sign up and vote, to finishing voter suppression and wholeheartedly encouraging the citizens to "lie to the polls" after which easily vote their judgment of right and wrong, For the affection Of lengthy pictures takes an irreverent, if no longer lifelike, examine what ails American democracy this day and the way most sensible to save lots of it-one disabled vote at a time.

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Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment

By Samuel Farber

Uncritically lauded by way of the left and rapidly denounced via the fitting, the Cuban Revolution is sort of universally seen one dimensionally. Farber, considered one of its such a lot knowledgeable left-wing critics, presents a much-needed severe evaluation of the revolution’s effect and legacy.

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The Market System: What It Is, How It Works, and What to Make of It

During this paintings a political scientist seeks to supply a jargon-free advent to the marketplace approach, for all readers without or with a historical past in economics. He assesses the nature, ideas, merits and shortcomings of the establishment co-ordinating smooth monetary and social lifestyles.

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State of Crisis

By Zygmunt Bauman, Carlo Bordoni

At the present time we pay attention a lot speak of concern and comparisons are frequently made with the nice melancholy of the Thirties, yet there's a the most important distinction that units our present malaise except the Nineteen Thirties: this present day we not belief within the skill of the kingdom to unravel the hindrance and to chart a brand new method ahead. In our more and more globalized global, states were stripped of a lot in their strength to form the process occasions. a lot of our difficulties are globally produced however the quantity of strength on the disposal of person geographical regions seriously is not adequate to deal with the issues they face. This divorce among strength and politics produces a brand new form of paralysis. It undermines the political organization that's had to take on the drawback and it saps citizens’ trust that governments can carry on their delivers. The impotence of governments is going hand in hand with the becoming cynicism and mistrust of voters. consequently the present obstacle is instantly a quandary of employer, a quandary of consultant democracy and a quandary of the sovereignty of the state.

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

This hugely unique research of our present drawback through of the world’s best social thinkers may be of curiosity to a large readership.

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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 examine is that, regardless of the significance of slavery in Athenian society, the main targeted attribute of Athenian democracy used to be the remarkable prominence it gave to loose hard work. wooden argues that the emergence of the peasant as citizen, juridically and politically self sustaining, money owed for a lot that's extraordinary in Athenian political associations and tradition.

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

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Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance (City Lights Open Media)

By Heidi Boghosian

"Everyone folks is lower than the omniscient magnifying glass of the govt. and company spies. . . . How will we reply to this smog of surveillance? commence through analyzing Spying on Democracy: executive Surveillance, company energy, and Public Resistance by way of Heidi Boghosian"--Bill Moyers

"With ex-CIA staffer Edward Snowden’s leaks approximately nationwide defense supplier surveillance within the headlines, Heidi Boghosian’s Spying on Democracy: govt Surveillance, company strength, and Public Resistance feels in particular well timed. Boghosian unearths how the govt acquires details from telecommunications businesses and different enterprises to create databases approximately 'persons of interest.'” -- Publishers Weekly

"Heidi Boghosian's Spying on Democracy is the reply to the query, 'if you are not doing something flawed, why in case you care if a persons gazing you?'"—Michael German, Senior coverage counsel, ACLU and previous FBI agent

Until the watershed leak of top-secret files by means of Edward Snowden to the Guardian UK and the Washington Post, so much americans didn't become aware of the level to which our executive is actively buying own info from telecommunications businesses and different organizations. As made startlingly transparent, the nationwide safeguard organisation (NSA) has accrued details on each telephone name americans have remodeled the prior seven years. In that very same time, the NSA and the FBI have won the power to entry emails, pictures, audio and video chats, and extra content material from Google, fb, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Skype, Apple, and others, allegedly with a view to tune international targets.

In Spying on Democracy, nationwide attorneys Guild govt Director Heidi Boghosian records the anxious elevate in surveillance of normal voters and the chance it poses to our privateness, our civil liberties, and to the way forward for democracy itself. Boghosian finds how know-how is getting used to categorize and computer screen humans according to their institutions, their activities, their purchases, and their perceived political opinions. She exhibits how organizations and executive intelligence firms mine info from resources as varied as surveillance cameras and unmanned drones to iris scans and clinical files, whereas combing web pages, e-mail, mobilephone files and social media for resale to 3rd events, together with U.S. intelligence agencies.

The ACLU's Michael German says of the examples proven in Boghosian's booklet, "this unrestrained spying is unavoidably used to suppress the main crucial instruments of democracy: the click, political activists, civil rights advocates and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on company malfeasance and executive abuse." Boghosian provides, “If the fashion is authorized to proceed, we'll quickly stay in a society the place not anything is personal, no info is de facto safe, and our civil liberties are less than consistent surveillance and control.” Spying on Democracy is a well timed, worthy, and obtainable primer for somebody fascinated by preserving privateness, freedom, and the U.S. Constitution.

Heidi Boghosian is the administrative Director of the nationwide attorneys Guild. She co-hosts Law and Disorder, broadcast on WBAI-FM in big apple and over 40 stations national. She is predicated in manhattan City.

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Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

By Timothy Mitchell

Does oil wealth result in political poverty? It frequently seems to be that method, yet Carbon Democracy tells a extra complicated tale. during this magisterial research, Timothy Mitchell rethinks the heritage of strength, bringing into his seize as he does so environmental politics, the fight for democracy, and where of the center East within the glossy world. 

With the increase of coal strength, the manufacturers who oversaw its construction obtained the facility to close down strength platforms, a probability they used to construct the 1st mass democracies. Oil provided the West an alternate, and with it got here a brand new kind of politics. Oil created a denatured political lifestyles whose primary item – the financial system – seemed in a position to countless progress. What used to be a Western democracy depending on an undemocratic center East. We now dwell with the implications: an impoverished political perform, incapable of addressing the crises that threaten to finish the age of carbon democracy – specifically, the disappearance of inexpensive power and the carbon-fueled cave in of the ecological order.

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Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower

By William Blum

“Bravo! A bright, well-aimed critique of the evils people international interventionism, an exceptional antidote to officialdom’s lies and propaganda.”—Michael Parenti

Rogue State forcibly reminds us of vp Agnew’s immortal line, ‘The usa, for all its faults, continues to be the best state within the country.’”—Gore Vidal

“Bill Blum got here by way of his booklet identify simply: He easily confirmed the US via an identical criteria we use to pass judgement on different nations. the result's a invoice of wrongs—an specifically well-documented encyclopedia of malfeasance, lying and mayhem that has been hypocritically performed within the identify of democracy via these whose in simple terms real love used to be power.”—Sam Smith

William Blum’s most recent ebook is Freeing the realm To dying: Essays at the American Empire.

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Radiant Truths: Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, and Other Essays on American Belief

Beginning with Walt Whitman making a song hymns at a wounded soldier’s bedside in the course of the Civil warfare, this stunning and bright anthology levels directly via to the twenty-first century to finish with Francine Prose crying tears of advanced pleasure on the sight of Whitman’s phrases in Zuccotti Park through the short days of the Occupy stream. the 1st anthology of its style, Radiant Truths gathers a phenomenal collection of writings by way of either recognized and forgotten American authors and thinkers, every one engaged within the demanding situations of writing approximately faith, of documenting “things unseen.” Their contributions to the style of literary journalism—the telling of actual tales utilizing the thoughts of fiction and poetry—make this quantity the most intriguing anthologies of inventive nonfiction to have emerged in years.
Jeff Sharlet offers an evocative collection of writings that remove darkness from the evolution of the yankee style of documentary prose. every one access can be savored individually, yet jointly the works improve each other, carrying out an implicit and carrying on with dialog that reaches throughout time and generations.

Including works by:
Walt Whitman  •  Henry David Thoreau  •  Mark Twain  •  Meridel Le Sueur  •  Zora Neale Hurston  •  Mary McCarthy  •  James Baldwin  •  Norman Mailer  •  Ellen Willis  •  Anne Fadiman  •  John Jeremiah Sullivan  •  Francine Prose  •  Garry Wills  •  and many others


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Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, and Center

By Henry Mintzberg

Enough of the imbalance that's inflicting the degradation of our surroundings, the loss of life of our democracies, and the denigration of ourselves. adequate of the pendulum politics of left and correct and paralysis within the political heart. We require an extraordinary kind of radical renewal. during this ebook Henry Mintzberg bargains a brand new realizing of the foundation of our present challenge and a technique for restoring the stability so very important to the survival of our progeny and our planet.

With the cave in of the communist regimes of jap Europe, Western pundits declared that capitalism had triumphed.
They have been wrong—balance triumphed. A healthy society balances a public quarter of revered governments, a personal area of liable companies, and a plural area of strong groups. Communism collapsed below the load of its overbearing public sector.

Now the “liberal democracies” are threatened—socially, politically, even economically—by the unchecked excesses of the personal sector.

Radical renewal should start within the plural region, which on my own has the inclination and the independence to problem unacceptable practices and advance greater ones. Too many governments were co-opted by way of the non-public region. and company social accountability cannot make amends for the company social irresponsibility we see round us
“They” will not do it. We shall need to do it, each one folks and we all, no longer as passive “human resources,” yet as inventive human beings.

Tom Paine wrote in 1776, “We have it in our energy to start internationally again.” He was once correct then. do we be correct back now? do we manage to pay for to not be?

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