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Democracy for the few

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: Boston : Thomson-Wadsworth, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 8th edView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Parenti
ISBN: 0495007447 9780495007449
OCLC Number: 93539819
Description: xiv, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
About the author --
ch. 1. Partisan politics --
Beyond textbooks --
The politico-economic system --
ch. 2. Wealth and want in the United States --
Capital and labor --
Capital concentration : who owns America? --
Downsizing and price gouging --
Monopoly farming --
Market demand and productivity --
Market demand and productivity --
The hardships of working America --
The human costs of economic injustice --
ch. 3. The plutocratic culture : institutions and ideologies --
Corporate plutocracy and ideological orthodoxy --
Left, right, and center --
Public opinion : which direction? --
Democracy : form and content --
ch. 4. A constitution for the few --
Class power in early America --
Containing the spread of democracy --
Fragmenting majority power --
Plotters or patriots? --
Democratic concessions. ch. 5. Rise of the corporate state --
War against labor, favors for business --
Pliable progressives and red scares --
The New Deal : hard times and tough reforms --
ch. 6. 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 --
ch. 7. The U.S. global military empire --
A global kill capacity --
Pentagon profits, waste, and theft --
Harming our own --
Economic imperialism --
Intervention everywhere --
Global bloodletting --
ch. 8. 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 --
"Mess transit" --
ch. 9. The last environment --
Toxifying the Earth --
Eco-apocalypse --
Pollution for profits --
Government for the despoilers --
An alternative approach. ch. 10. Unequal before the law --
Crime in the suites --
Class law : tough on the weak --
The crime of prisons --
A most fallible system --
Sexist justice --
The victimization of children --
Racist law enforcement --
ch. 11. 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 --
ch. 12. Who governs? Elites, labor, and globalization --
The ruling class --
Labor besieged --
Unions and the good fight --
How globalization undermines democracy --
ch. 13. Mass media : for the many, by the few --
He who pays the piper --
The ideological monopoly --
Serving officialdom --
Political entertainment --
Room for alternatives? ch. 14. 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 --
ch. 15. 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 --
Term limits --
Legislative democracy under siege --
ch. 16. 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 --
ch. 17. 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. ch. 18. The supremely political court --
Who judges? --
Conservative judicial activism --
Circumventing the First Amendment --
Freedom for revolutionaries (and others)? --
As the Court turns --
Influence of the Court --
ch. 19. 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 --
Index.
Responsibility: Michael Parenti.
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