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DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW is a provocative interpretation of American Government. It shows how democracy is repeatedly violated by corporate oligopolies, and 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.
- An extensive discussion of the causes and insufficient cures regarding the Great Recession of 2008-2009, with emphasis on corporate bailouts, hidden unemployment, and who benefits and who pays.
- Updated discussions and new materials for just about every policy area including the environment, growing economic inequality, new attempts at regulation, health care, and the hardships of working America.
- Updated discussions on the "unitary executive," conservative judicial activism, and the Obama administration.
- New materials on attempts to suppress the popular vote through fraud, disinformation, and coercion, including the 2004, 2006, and 2008 elections.
- This unique text challenges the assumptions of traditional American Government texts. In chapters such as "Wealth and Want in the United States," "A Constitution for the Few," and "The Supremely Political Court," the ways in which political organizations, the economy, and society itself inform and control access to power, wealth, class, and institutions are examined.
- 28 controversial political cartoons enhance students' understanding of the issues inherent in American culture.
- An internationally known author and progressive political analyst, Michael Parenti is a leading voice among political progressives. In this text, he helps students appreciate their freedom to question government actions and encourages them to do so.
- A unique interpretation of American capitalism, this compelling and well-documented critique of the political status quo offers students an alternative interpretation of the interplay between democracy and capitalism.
1. Partisan Politics.
2. A Constitution for the Few.
3. Rise of the Corporate State.
4. Wealth and Want in the United States.
5. Institutions and Ideologies.
6. Politics: Who Gets What?
7. Health and Human Services: Sacrificial Lambs.
8. The Last Environment.
9. Unequal before the Law.
10. Political Repression and National Insecurity.
11. The U.S. Global Military Empire.
12. Who Governs? Elites, Labor, and Globalization.
13. Mass Media: For the Many, by the Few.
14. Voters, Parties, and Stolen Elections.
15. Congress: The Pocketing of Power.
16. The President: Guardian of the System.
17. The Political Economy of Bureaucracy.
18. The Supremely Political Court.
19. Democracy for the Few.
"Democracy for the Few is a radical text that will educate, entertain, inspire, and provoke students to read, think, and be critical." - Dan Brook, Ph.D., San Jose State University
"Democracy for the Few is the most clearly written, innovative and thought provoking textbook I’ve seen. I find it hard to imagine a better text! This book will make your students understand how the American government functions while forcing them to think for themselves. Even if you don’t agree with the viewpoint taken by Parenti, this book will help spark invaluable classroom discussions." - Dr. William A. Pelz, Elgin Community College