Democracy for the Few

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Cengage Learning, Mar 10, 2010 - Political Science - 336 pages
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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.
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User Review  - Jodie - Goodreads

I'm slowly reading through this book and knowing it was written in the 70's , much of what I've read so far still rings true today. The author of this book has got it spot on with his research of history and on the delusion known as democracy in America. Read full review

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User Review  - Stephanie Pavlos - Goodreads

This rating is based on my awful experience trying to choke this book down for intro poli sci in my first semester of college. However, much has changed in 10 years, so if I ever dare to try it again, it may very well deserve a higher rating. Read full review

Contents

Partisan Politics
1
A Constitution for the Few
5
Rise of the Corporate State
17
Wealth and Want in the United States
27
Institutions and Ideologies
47
Politics Who Gets What?
60
Health and Human Services Sacrificial Lambs
74
The Last Environment
90
Mass Media For the Many by the Few
163
Voters Parties and Stolen Elections
177
Congress The Pocketing of Power
197
The President Guardian of the System
215
The Political Economy of Bureaucracy
232
The Supremely Political Court
249
Democracy for the Few
268
Acknowledgments
287

Unequal before the Law
100
Political Repression and National Insecurity
119
The US Global Military Empire
137
Who Governs? Elites Labor and Globalization
151
Notes
289
Index
317
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Michael Parenti has taught political and social science at a number of colleges and universities, and now devotes himself full time to writing and guest lecturing. He is an internationally known, award winning author who has published 21 books, including: God and His Demons (2010); Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (2007); The Culture Struggle (2006), and The Assassination of Julius Caesar (2003).Various writings of his have been translated into some twenty languages. His publications, including previous editions of Democracy for the Few, have been read and enjoyed by students, lay readers, and scholars, and have been used extensively in hundreds of college courses across the country. Dr. Parenti lectures frequently throughout North America and abroad. His various talks and interviews have played widely on radio, television, and the Internet. Some 300 articles of his have been published in magazines, newspapers, websites, and scholarly journals, including American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Social Research, and New Political Science. For more information, visit his website: www.michaelparenti.org.