Democracy For The Few

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  • Edition: 9th
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  • Copyright: 2010-03-10
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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Parenti's provocative critique of class power within traditional political institutions will arouse classroom debate and introduce students to a unique viewpoint of American capitalism. Unlike most book on the American political system, DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW emphasizes the political economy of public policy and who gets what.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
About the authorp. xii
Partisan Politicsp. 1
Beyond Textbooksp. 1
The Politico-Economic Systemp. 3
A Constitution for the Fewp. 5
Class Power in Early Americap. 5
Containing the Spread of Democracyp. 7
Fragmenting Majority Powerp. 10
Plotters or Patriots?p. 12
Democratic Concessionsp. 14
Rise of the Corporate Statep. 17
The War Against Laborp. 17
Favors for Businessp. 19
Pliable Progressives and Red Scaresp. 21
The New Deal: Hard Times and Tough Reformsp. 23
Wealth and Want in the United Statesp. 27
Capital and Laborp. 27
Capital Concentration: Who Owns America?p. 29
Downsizing and Profiteeringp. 33
Inflation, the Profit-Price Spiralp. 34
Monopoly Farmingp. 35
Market Demand and Productivityp. 37
The Hardships of Working Americap. 39
Poverty in Paradisep. 42
The Human Costs of Economic Injusticep. 44
Institutions and Ideologiesp. 47
Corporate Plutocracyp. 47
Ideological Orthodoxyp. 49
Corporate Rule and Ruin: Some Examplesp. 51
Left, Right, and Centerp. 52
Public Opinion: Which Direction?p. 56
Democracy: Form and Contentp. 57
Politics: Who Gets What?p. 60
Welfare for the Richp. 60
Federal Handouts to Corporate Americap. 62
The Billion-Dollar Bailoutsp. 64
Taxes: Helping the Rich in their Time of Greedp. 66
Unkind Cuts, Unfair Ratesp. 69
Deficit Spending and the National Debtp. 70
Some Hidden Deficitsp. 71
Health and Human Services: Sacrificial Lambsp. 74
The Poor Get Less (and Less)p. 74
Social Insecurity: Privatizing Everythingp. 76
A Sick Health Systemp. 77
The Health Insurance Racketp. 79
The “Socialist” Medical Menace?p. 81
Buyers Beware, and Workers Toop. 83
Creating Crises: Schools and Housingp. 85
“Mess Transit”p. 87
The Last Environmentp. 90
Toxifying the Earthp. 90
Eco-Apocalypsep. 93
Pollution for Profitsp. 94
Government for the Despoilersp. 96
An Alternative Approachp. 98
Unequal before the Lawp. 100
Crime in the Suitesp. 100
Big Crime, Small Punishment (Usually)p. 103
Class Law: Tough on the Weakp. 105
The Crime of Prisonsp. 108
A Most Fallible Systemp. 110
Sexist Justicep. 112
The Victimization of Childrenp. 114
Racist Law Enforcementp. 115
Political Repression and National Insecurityp. 119
The Repression of Dissentp. 119
Political Prisoners, USAp. 122
Political Murder, USAp. 125
The National Security Autocracyp. 129
CIA: Capitalism's International Army or Cocaine Import Agency?p. 131
Watergate and Iran-contrap. 133
Homeland Insecurityp. 134
The U.S. Global Military Empirep. 137
A Global Kill Capacityp. 137
Pentagon Profits, Waste, and Theftp. 139
Harming Our Ownp. 142
Economic Imperialismp. 143
Intervention Everywherep. 146
Global Bloodlettingp. 147
Who Governs? Elites, Labor, and Globalizationp. 151
The Ruling Classp. 151
Labor Besiegedp. 154
Unions and the Good Fightp. 156
How Globalization Undermines Democracyp. 157
Mass Media: For the Many, by the Fewp. 163
He Who Pays the Piperp. 163
The Ideological Monopolyp. 167
Serving Officialdomp. 170
Political Entertainmentp. 173
Room for Alternatives?p. 174
Voters, Parties, and Stolen Electionsp. 177
Democrats and Republicans: Any Differences?p. 177
The Two-Party Monopolyp. 179
Making Every Vote Countp. 181
Rigging the Gamep. 182
Money, a Necessary Conditionp. 184
The Struggle to Votep. 187
The War Against Imaginary “Voter Fraud”p. 189
Shady Electionsp. 191
Pale Democracyp. 196
Congress: The Pocketing of Powerp. 197
A Congress for the Moneyp. 197
Lobbyists: The Other Lawmakersp. 200
The Varieties of Corruptionp. 203
Special Interests and Secrecyp. 205
The Legislative Labyrinthp. 208
Incumbency and Term Limitsp. 210
Legislative Democracy under Siegep. 211
The President: Guardian of the Systemp. 215
Salesman of the Systemp. 215
The Two Faces of the Presidentp. 218
Feds vs. Statesp. 221
A Loaded Electoral Collegep. 222
The Would-be Absolute Monarchp. 225
The Political Economy of Bureaucracyp. 232
The Myth and Reality of Inefficiencyp. 232
Deregulation and Privatizationp. 235
Secrecy and Deception, Waste and Corruptionp. 238
Nonenforcement: Politics in Commandp. 240
Serving the “Regulated”p. 242
Public Authority in Private Handsp. 245
Regulation and Business Ideologyp. 247
The Supremely Political Courtp. 249
Who Judges?p. 249
Conservative Judicial Activism (Early Times)p. 252
Circumventing the First Amendmentp. 255
Freedom for Revolutionaries (and Others)?p. 257
As the Court Turnsp. 258
Conservative Judicial Activism (Present Day)p. 265
Democracy for the Fewp. 268
Pluralism for the Fewp. 268
The Limits of Reformp. 271
Democracy as Popular Strugglep. 273
The Roles of the Statep. 275
What Is to be Done?p. 277
The Reality of Public Productionp. 283
Notesp. 289
Indexp. 317
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