Billionaire Democracy

Author: George Tyler
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 9781944648930
Release Date: 2018-01-30
Genre: Political Science

This isn’t your America. No matter who the president is. We’re told that when we vote, when we elect representatives, we’re gaining a voice in government and the policies it implements. But if that’s true, why don’t American politics actually translate our preferences into higher-living standards for the majority of us? The answer is that, in America, the wealthy few have built a system that works in their favor, while maintaining the illusion of democracy. The reality is that the quality of democracy in the United States is lower than in any other rich democracy, on a par with nations such as Brazil or Turkey. In the US, voters have little influence on eventual policy outcomes engineered by lawmakers. Political scientists call it the income bias and attribute it to the power of wealthy donors who favor wage suppression and cuts to important government programs such as public education and consumer protection. It causes American lawmakers to compete to satisfy preferences of donors from the top one percent instead of the middle class. It’s also why our economy has been misfiring for most Americans for a generation, wages stagnating and opportunity dwindling. The election of Donald Trump shocked the world, but for many Americans, it came as a stark reflection of mounting frustrations with our current system and anger at the status quo. We need to find a way to fix the way our government serves us. The only realistic pathway to improve middle-class economics is for Congress and the Supreme Court to raise the quality of American democracy. In Billionaire Democracy: The Hijacking of the American Political System, economist George R. Tyler lays out the fundamental problems plaguing our democracy. He explains how the American democratic system is rigged and how it has eroded the middle class, providing an unflinching and honest comparison of the US government to peer democracies abroad. He also breaks down where we fall short and how other rich democracies avoid the income bias created by the overwhelming role of money in US politics. Finally, Tyler outlines practical campaign finance reforms we can adopt when we finally focus on improving the political responsiveness of our government. It’s time for the people of this nation to demand a government that properly serves us, the American people.

The Hijacking of the American Political System

Author: Kodzo Mawusi
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781453508138
Release Date: 2010-08-31
Genre: Political Science

Mr. Kodzo Mawusi is a charismatic Roman Catholic Evangelist and Theologian. He is an active member of St. John Bosco parish, a member of the Parish Council, Stewardship Committee and, leads their Prayer and Bible Study group. After graduating and working for years in engineering, decided to pursue theological studies. He received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Newman Theological College in 1998, and the Master of Theology degree from St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon in 2003. He is an inspiring speaker on social and religious or spiritual issues and, have authored books on these subjects. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel and, an affiliate of the Hunter and Joan Hunter Ministries. His interest in social justice led him to take a closer look at the impact of politics on our social lives globally. The central theme of his message to all politicians is to transform their lives into real leaders capable of standing for morality and personal dignity in society. To refrain from their hypocritical behaviours, and show proper leadership qualities to make the world a better place for all.

System Under Stress Homeland Security and American Politics

Author: Donald F Kettl
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781452239903
Release Date: 2013-03-12
Genre: Political Science

In System under Stress, The Challenge to 21st Century Democracy, Third Edition, Donald F. Kettl looks at the latest stress to hit the system--the financial crisis of 2008. In his brief, gripping narrative, Kettl assesses how well the U.S. political system responds under extraordinary pressure--from 9/11, to Hurricane Katrina, to the Great Recession-- and asks if the government is ready to face that next challenge. A well-known scholar, commentator, and writer in the areas of federalism and governance, Kettl asks the hard questions, makes a credible and persuasive argument, and crafts a readable case study that is fascinating and thought-provoking.

Hijacking America

Author: Susan George
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745658858
Release Date: 2013-05-03
Genre: Political Science

George Bush leaves the White House in January 2009 and the United States goes back to “normal”, right? Wrong, argues Susan George in this fascinating, thorough and often chilling account of the decades-long transformation of American society and political culture. Using the four “Ms” – money, media, marketing, management—but above all with a keen sense of mission, the American secular and religious right has made its “long march through the institutions” and changed the way Americans think. As the left went about its business in blissful ignorance, convinced that its policies, programmes and projects spoke for themselves and would always prevail; the right’s well-oiled machine of foundations, lobbies, think-tanks, publications, political cadres, lawyers and activist organisations slowly and strategically took over. A broad alliance of neo-liberals, neo-conservatives and the religious right successfully manufactured a new common sense, assaulted Enlightenment values and targeted the top of society where culture is created and legitimized, because they knew that ideas have consequences—and not just in the United States. Hijacking America is that rarity of a book, a thoroughly researched page-turner. Clearly and gracefully written, it will enthral the general reader while providing plenty of factual nourishment for the student of politics, culture, religion or international relations. And for all those who hope for a different America in the future, the first step is to hold the present one up to the light and understand how it got that way.

Election Law in the American Political System

Author: James A. Gardner
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454829003
Release Date: 2014-12-09
Genre: Law

This accessible, comprehensive casebook is flexible enough to permit the professor to teach a survey course that covers all of the major pillars of the field. It is also easily customizable to emphasize certain materials over others or to support an in-depth seminar. Features: Comprehensive approach to the topic, including the right to vote, redistricting, campaign finance, election administration, the Voting Rights Act, and rights of political parties. Compact presentation of material, assisting efficient transmission of the material to students. Contextualizes legal doctrine by providing short and useful background readings in democratic theory, history, policy, and political science. Thoughtful selection and careful editing of cases. Accessible expository material both introduces each topic and follows the cases for further elucidation. Carefully selected readings and cases illuminate each topic without overwhelming the student with excessive recitation of cases. Equally useful to a course that is more focused on cases and doctrine as well as a course that integrates democratic theory and practice with the doctrine. Suitable for a graduate or advanced undergraduate political science course on election law

Journey to Aztlantica

Author: Richard S. Flores
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781493129003
Release Date: 2013-11-15
Genre: Philosophy

THE JOURNEY TO ATLANTICA Aztlantica is the spiritual homeland of the Meso-America Quetzalcatl Prophecy. The Journey attempts to bring forth new insights, hidden history, and a future in peril. The Journey to Aztlantica is a call for awakening and the need to transition from an old degenrating world to the promise of a sustainable a new world that will be able to survive the perials of the future . The Journey expresses concern about the degenerating trajectory of capitalistic economic and political systems. About their questionable influence on the future stabilities of world societies and governments. The old-world economic worldview has reached it's limitation. It is on the path of regression and is condusive to social dis-integration. This book alludes to the need for individuals to prepare themselves to confront and survive the calamities of climatic change and man-made calamities of the future. The Journey calls for human evolution. For the building of an alternative economic system as a way to change the human character and behavior. A system that would support the principles of natural human evolution, a more equalitarian society and would support the development of a humanitarian worldview. The Journey proposes the establishment of new social, cultural, educational and spiritual models. It calls for establishing a philosophical model based on a respectful and balanced relationship with the natural environment and within the human community. The Journey proposes a new spiritual movement for the new world, an organized religion that would be compatible with the new worldview of Aztlantica. The old religions are an integral part of a degenerating old world. Aztlantica calls for the refinement and rejuvenation of human cultures in order to promote respect, peace, balance, and harmony around the world. The Journey stresses the need to crossover to a new worldview reality, the circular worldview. In order for humanity to survive adequately in a perialous future and in order to create a sustainable world in which the human community can live, prosper and advance: individuals must first transform themselves before they can transform into the future.

Islamophobia

Author: Stephen Sheehi
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 093286399X
Release Date: 2011-06
Genre: Political Science

"Sheehi's analysis of Islamophobia as an ideological formation brings a much needed dose of fresh air and analytical clarity ... A worthy update of Said's seminal discussion of Orientalism and one that leaves few players in the contemporary foreign policy establishment, in particular so-called liberals, unscathed." Mark Levine, Author of why they Don't Hate us and Heavy Metal Islam.

Media Access

Author: E. Page Bucy
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0805841105
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

In Media Access: Social and Psychological Dimensions of New Technology Use, editors Erik P. Bucy and John E. Newhagen present the latest work, theoretical explorations, and original research findings on media access from a team of internationally renowned media and technology researchers. Chapters develop expanded definitions and conceptual understandings of access to stimulate further research, offer new perspectives on policy discussions, and facilitate media participation among those at risk of being left behind. Broadening our understanding of information technology use, this collection offers: *Novel perspectives--chapters demonstrate new methods of addressing persistent questions regarding motivation, cultural context, socioeconomic resources, technical knowledge, and psychological skills required for effectual use of information and communication technologies. *Conceptual integration--each chapter addresses a vital aspect of media access and summarizes pertinent findings, weaving together results to provide much-needed integration across communication and technology studies. *Multidisciplinary approaches--chapters represent a variety of conceptual and methodological approaches, deriving social explanations from large-scale survey data, psychological explanations from experimental data, and cultural explanations from depth interviews and ethnographic methods. *Shifting the policy and research agenda--this volume extends and redirects aspects of the digital divide debate while elaborating the "media access" approach to studying new technology use. Taken as a whole, Media Access reveals complications associated with full access to new communication technologies and proposes analytical frameworks that open new avenues of scholarly investigation and policy consideration. It is intended for scholars and graduate students in journalism, mass communication, telecommunications, media studies, information science, public policy, psychology, sociology, informatics, human-computer interaction, and other disciplines concerned with the issue of media access.

Administrative Law in the Political System

Author: Kenneth F. Warren
Publisher:
ISBN: 0133399877
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Genre: Law

This abridged edition focuses on the practical aspects of administrative law within the context of the political system. The text addresses the most recent court decisions with scholarly articles and related commentary, examining the impact of the re-inventing of government and of neo-conservatism on the development of administrative law. The book aims to provide in-depth, comprehensive coverage of administrative law, its principles, doctrines and current case law in non-technical language.

Predator Nation

Author: Charles H. Ferguson
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 9780307952578
Release Date: 2012-05-22
Genre: Business & Economics

Charles H. Ferguson, who electrified the world with his Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, now explains how a predator elite took over the country, step by step, and he exposes the networks of academic, financial, and political influence, in all recent administrations, that prepared the predators’ path to conquest. Over the last several decades, the United States has undergone one of the most radical social and economic transformations in its history. · Finance has become America’s dominant industry, while manufacturing, even for high technology industries, has nearly disappeared. · The financial sector has become increasingly criminalized, with the widespread fraud that caused the housing bubble going completely unpunished. · Federal tax collections as a share of GDP are at their lowest level in sixty years, with the wealthy and highly profitable corporations enjoying the greatest tax reductions. · Most shockingly, the United States, so long the beacon of opportunity for the ambitious poor, has become one of the world’s most unequal and unfair societies. If you’re smart and a hard worker, but your parents aren’t rich, you’re now better off being born in Munich, Germany or in Singapore than in Cleveland, Ohio or New York. This radical shift did not happen by accident. Ferguson shows how, since the Reagan administration in the 1980s, both major political parties have become captives of the moneyed elite. It was the Clinton administration that dismantled the regulatory controls that protected the average citizen from avaricious financiers. It was the Bush team that destroyed the federal revenue base with its grotesquely skewed tax cuts for the rich. And it is the Obama White House that has allowed financial criminals to continue to operate unchecked, even after supposed “reforms” installed after the collapse of 2008. Predator Nation reveals how once-revered figures like Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers became mere courtiers to the elite. Based on many newly released court filings, it details the extent of the crimes—there is no other word—committed in the frenzied chase for wealth that caused the financial crisis. And, finally, it lays out a plan of action for how we might take back our country and the American dream.

23 L gen die sie uns ber den Kapitalismus erz hlen

Author: Ha-Joon Chang
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641041403
Release Date: 2010-10-04
Genre: Business & Economics

Provokantes Debattenbuch über den Kapitalismus vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen Weltwirtschaftskrise Mit seiner provokanten Streitschrift macht Ha-Joon Chang Front gegen die heiligen Kühe des Kapitalismus. In dreiundzwanzig Thesen und Gegenthesen analysiert er die Grundzüge der Marktwirtschaft des 21. Jahrhunderts, sagt, was sie ist und was sie nicht ist, was sie kann und was sie nicht kann. Dabei verbindet er ökonomischen Sachverstand mit gesellschaftlichem Scharfblick und Menschenkenntnis. Knapp, präzise und streitbar bietet Ha-Joon Chang dem Leser das Rüstzeug, die herrschenden Illusionen einer kapitalistischen Ökonomie zu durchschauen, ihre Möglichkeiten realistisch einzuschätzen und zum Wohle aller zu nutzen. Stellt elementare Lehrmeinungen der freien Marktwirtschaft in Frage.

The administrative bungling that hijacked the 2000 U S presidential election

Author: Garvin Karunaratne
Publisher: Univ Pr of Amer
ISBN: 0761827269
Release Date: 2004-01
Genre: Political Science

In this book, author Dr. Garvin Karunaratne examines the administrative bungling which enabled George W. Bush to clinch a victory in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election. Karunaratne explores the debacle in Florida, where a winner was announced before all ballots had been counted. Faulty and confusing ballot design, incomplete voter registration, counting of votes by outmoded and erratic voting machines, the inefficiency of the administration of the election at the County and the State level, and harassment of voters at the hands of police, are some of the aspects analyzed in detail.

Wie Demokratien sterben

Author: Steven Levitsky
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 9783641222918
Release Date: 2018-05-29
Genre: Political Science

Ausgezeichnet mit dem NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis 2018 als bestes Sachbuch des Jahres Demokratien sterben mit einem Knall oder mit einem Wimmern. Der Knall, also das oft gewaltsame Ende einer Demokratie durch einen Putsch, einen Krieg oder eine Revolution, ist spektakulärer. Doch das Dahinsiechen einer Demokratie, das Sterben mit einem Wimmern, ist alltäglicher – und gefährlicher, weil die Bürger meist erst aufwachen, wenn es zu spät ist. Mit Blick auf die USA, Lateinamerika und Europa zeigen die beiden Politologen Steven Levitsky und Daniel Ziblatt, woran wir erkennen, dass demokratische Institutionen und Prozesse ausgehöhlt werden. Und sie sagen, an welchen Punkten wir eingreifen können, um diese Entwicklung zu stoppen. Denn mit gezielter Gegenwehr lässt sich die Demokratie retten – auch vom Sterbebett.