By Glenn W. Smith
A compelling indictment of the Bush Administration's cynical, anti-democratic manipulation of the media
during this devastating research of yank politics at the present time, a former Democratic crusade consultant pulls again the curtain at the pervasive political manipulation of the media-and finds simply how fragile our democracy is. From political advertisements and speak exhibits to mainstream media reporting, Glenn Smith indicates how American political discourse is now ruled by means of conscientiously scripted pictures and rhetoric-most of which profit the Republicans and their company allies. the result's public apathy towards politics-and a true risk to American freedom.
To reclaim our country, Smith argues, we needs to revitalize politics on the grassroots level-and liberals needs to become aware of that faith and spirituality will not be antithetical to a innovative schedule. For somebody afflicted by means of manipulative political ads, self-aggrandizing megastar pundits, and the undiminished position of cash in politics, this beneficial e-book lays out the entire scope of the problem-and issues the best way towards solutions.
Glenn Smith (Austin, TX), a former journalist and political advisor, controlled MoveOn.org's protecting Democracy crusade. he's presently coping with DriveDemocracy.org, a spin-off of MoveOn, and a specialist to the Rockridge Institute, a revolutionary imagine tank.
By Bogdan Szajkowski
A reference device for knowing the resources of political instability and terrorism in the course of the global. Compiled by way of a few eighty participants from worldwide, this 4th variation covers all major businesses that function open air the accepted sphere of political job. those variety from violent terrorist devices in democratic societies to dissident teams working in authoritarian states. The publication covers each nation on the planet plus a world part on teams working past the bounds of the country country. Entries on corporations describe their management, objectives, aid, background and impression.
By Ted Daniels
The method of the 12 months 2000 has made the learn of apocalyptic events fashionable. yet teams expecting the top of the realm will proceed to foretell Armageddon even after the calendar clicks to triple 0s.
A Doomsday Reader brings jointly pronouncements, edicts, and scriptures written through famous apocalyptic activities from quite a lot of traditions and ideologies to provide a superb look at their trust systems.
Focused on achieving paradise, millenarianism usually anticipates nice, cosmic switch. whereas such a lot reflect on non secular trust as motivating such fervor, Daniels' comparative technique encompasses secular events akin to environmentalism and the Montana Freemen, and argues that such teams are frequently extra political than spiritual in nature.
The ebook contains files from teams comparable to the department Davidians, the Order of the sun Temple, Heaven's Gate, and white supremacists. every one rfile is preceded via a noticeable creation putting the circulation and its ideals in context.
This very important evaluate of latest politics of the tip will stay a worthwhile source lengthy after the yr 2000 has come and gone.
By Giles Merritt
*Shortlisted for 2016 ecu e-book Prize* Giles Merritt describes himself as a 'sceptical europhile'. for a few years one of the ideal commentators at the politics and economics shaping Europe, he used to be named by means of the monetary instances as one in all 30 'Eurostars' who're the main influential voices in Brussels.
Slippery Slope is much from the standard run of uncritical EU-related reports. Its goal is to set alarm bells ringing throughout Europe with its revealing insights into our more and more stricken destiny. Giles Merritt argues that the steepness and suddenness of Europe's decline within the 'Asian century' is determined by the activities we Europeans adopt. And there are key classes that we have to face from the start. first of all, the 'good instances' usually are not coming again and not using a large attempt on our half. And secondly, in a fast-developing international of 9-10 billion humans, no unmarried ecu kingdom can live to tell the tale and prosper on its own.
Merritt units out to style truth from fiction in his research of Europe's weaknesses, and the regulations had to deal with them. putting the outlook for Europe in its international context, he assesses Europe's decline in relative in addition to absolute phrases, and places ahead an bold yet practical 'to do' checklist for Europe's policymakers if our relatively privileged lifestyles kinds usually are not to be heavily threatened within the coming years.
In the wake of 'Brexit;, it is a hard-hitting caution that except Europeans shake themselves conscious their destiny can be more and more gloomy. somebody who believes that the commercial difficulty that begun in 2008 is simply a blip will locate this e-book a salutary lesson within the truth of Europe's position.
By Richard Stillman
During this illuminating and provocative learn, Stillman presents a brand new realizing of the root of the yankee state.Whether renewing a driver's license, touring on an aircraft, or simply gazing in fascination as a robotic probes Mars, all of us perform the typical workings of the trendy administrative nation. As Stillman demonstrates during this learn, notwithstanding, we've not, previously, totally investigated or preferred this administrative state?s origins or its evolution into the entity that so impacts our lives today.Stillman unearths that this contemporary firm emerged from a posh beginning of rules and beliefs instead of due to an easy, rational plan or cataclysmic occasion, as formerly contended. in reality, he reveals that the root for our present administrative country lies within the lives of the seven people who, through the past due nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, invented its numerous elements.Stillman additionally unearths that even though they lived at various instances, those seven founders-George William Curtis, Charles Francis Adams, Jr., Emory Upton, Jane Addams, Frederick W. Taylor, Richard Childs, and Louis Brownlow-had a lot in universal: all have been items of intensely Protestant, small-town the US, and all have been stimulated by means of powerful ethical idealism. certainly, Stillman reveals that country making within the usa has been a continuation of the Protestant target to "protest and purify."Some names are extra recognizable than others, yet all, via notable ethical fervor and remarkable management talents, invented the executive practices and methods so everyday this present day.
By A. James Gregor
By Julián Casanova
The Spanish Civil battle grew to become the surroundings for the fight among revolution and counter-revolution in addition to being, for lots of outsiders, where of armed clash among the forces of democracy and fascism. This booklet is a path-breaking synthesis of political, social and cultural heritage in regards to the anarchist revolution throughout the Spanish Civil conflict by means of Spain's major historian of the Civil warfare.
By Peter Baehr
This e-book examines the character of totalitarianism as interpreted via the various best minds of the 20th century. It specializes in Hannah Arendt's declare that totalitarianism used to be a completely unparalleled regime and that the social sciences had integrally misconstrued it. A sociologist who's a serious admirer of Arendt, Baehr appears sympathetically at Arendt's objections to social technology and indicates that her proceedings have been in lots of respects justified. keeping off large disciplinary endorsements or dismissals, Baehr reconstructs the theoretical and political stakes of Arendt's encounters with well-liked social scientists corresponding to David Riesman, Raymond Aron, and Jules Monnerot. In featuring the 1st systematic appraisal of Arendt's critique of the social sciences, Baehr examines what it capacity to determine an occasion as extraordinary. in addition, he adapts Arendt and Aron's philosophies to make clear glossy Islamist terrorism and to invite even if it's going to be classified along Stalinism and nationwide Socialism as totalitarian.