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Author: Herbert M Levine
Publisher: Morristown, N.J. : General Learning Press, ©1979.
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Point-counterpoint.
Morristown, N.J. : General Learning Press, ©1979
(OCoLC)749172524
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert M Levine
ISBN: 0382180542 9780382180545
OCLC Number: 4549512
Description: xiv, 439 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Does a power elite prevent the people from ruling? (Yes: The structure of power in American society / C. Wright Mills ; No: Rule by the few as a solution / Robert A. Dahl) --
Can the United States engage in covert operations abroad and still be considered a democracy? (Yes: The view from Langley / William E. Colby ; No: Covert operations / Morton H. Halperin) --
Did the Founding Fathers believe in democracy? (Yes: Democracy and The Federalist : a reconsideration of the framers' intent / Martin Diamond ; No: What the Founding Fathers did / Michael Parenti) --
Is American democracy only for the rich? (Yes: The rules of politics as determinants of power / W. Duane Lockard ; No: Black progress and liberal rhetoric (race) / Ben J. Wattenberg) --
Can the states be trusted to meet the most important domestic priorities? (Yes: The new federalism : can the states by trusted? / Daniel J. Elazar ; No: Is it Jeffersonian? / Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.). Does revenue sharing benefit the poor and minorities in the way categorical grants-in-aid were intended? (Yes and no: Revenue sharing : the pro and con arguments / Michael D. Reagan) --
Is government regulation of pornography an infringement of civil liberties? (Yes and no: What is a civil libertarian to do when pornography becomes so bold? / Walter Goodman) --
Will the Equal Rights Amendment improve the rights of women? (Yes: Cool facts for the hot-headed opposition / League of Women Voters ; No: The Equal Rights Amendment / Sam J. Ervin, Jr.) --
Do quota systems deny constitutional rights under the Equal Protection Clause? (Yes: Allan Bakke v. The Regents of the University of California / Stanley Mosk (for the majority) ; No: Allan Bakke v. The Regents of the University of California / Matthew O. Tobriner (dissenting)) --
Is enforced busing of students for the purpose of integration unnecessary? (Yes: The busing crusade / Irving Kristol ; No: Another perspective on busing / Norman Goldfarb). Do the television media distort the news? (Yes: TV news and public opinion / Marvin Maurer ; No: Broadcasters in a free society : common problems, common purpose / Herbert S. Schlosser) --
Do interest groups serve the public interest? (Yes: A senator looks at the lobbies / Eugene J. McCarthy ; No: Pluralist structures or interest groups? / George McGovern) --
Are there significant differences between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party? (Yes: How different are the two major parties? / Kenneth Prewitt and Sidney Verba ; No: The realities of American democracy / George Novack) --
Should we abolish the Electoral College? (Yes: A case for direct election of the president / Kenneth Kofmehl ; No: A case against direct election of the president / Austin Ranney) --
Should congressional elections receive public financing? (Yes: Congressional campaigns should be publicly financed / Dick Clark ; No: The case against public financing of congressional campaigns / John Tower). Are strong presidents desirable in the American political system? (Yes: The case for a strong presidency / Theodore Sorensen ; No: Against presidential greatness / Nelson W. Polsby) --
Was the Nixon presidency an aberration? (Yes: Portrait of a presidency / Peter Jenkins ; No: The abuse of Richard Nixon / Nick Thimmesch) --
Is more government intervention the best way to solve economic and political problems? (Yes: A hope / Michael Harrington ; No: Bureaucracy : paternalism on the Potomac / Sam Steiger) --
Should the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) be more closely monitored by Congress? (Yes: The CIA needs stronger congressional supervision / Frank Church ; No: Too much congressional intervention in foreign policy is dangerous / Barry Goldwater) --
Will sunset laws give Congress more power to control the bureaucracy? (Yes: Sunset laws are necessary / Peter DeLeon ; No: What's wrong with sunset laws / Ron Randall). Should Congress have stronger powers in the conduct of foreign policy? (Yes: The case for the War Powers Bill / Jacob Javits ; No: The case against the War Powers Bill / Barry Goldwater) --
Should the courts pursue a philosophy of judicial restraint? (Yes: The orthodox, or anti-activist view : Mr. Justice Frankfurter / Wallace Mendelson ; No: The role of the Supreme Court in a democratic society : judicial activism or restraint? / J. Skelly Wright) --
Are government subsidies the answer to America's urban crisis? (Yes: Is recovery really possible? / Paul R. Porter ; No: A Marshall plan for cities? / Norton E. Long) --
Should the government regulate the sale and ownership of guns? (Yes: We need to control guns / Edward Kennedy ; No: Gun control is a hoax / Robert J. Kukla) --
Should the government restrict the development of nuclear power? (Yes: The hazards of nuclear power / Mike Gravel ; No: Controversy over the safety of nuclear energy production / Mike McCormack). Is the United States defense establishment strong enough to cope with Soviet military threats? (Yes: It's budget time again : "The Russians are coming!" / David Cortright and Robert Borosage ; No: What is our defense program for? / Eugene V. Rostow) --
Does détente favor the Soviet Union? (Yes: Détente is a Soviet trick / Alexander Solzhenitsyn ; No: Détente with the Soviet Union / Henry Kissinger) --
Should the United States adopt an activist policy regarding human rights in other nations? (Yes: Human rights : more than mere rhetoric / Susan M. Davis ; No: Human rights and American security interests / Ryan J. Barilleaux) --
Should the United States impose economic sanctions on the South African government in order to promote majority rule? (Yes: The case for sanctions / Andrew Young ; No: South Africa and United States security interests / Robert L. Schuettinger).
Responsibility: Herbert M. Levine.

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