Changing the Powers That Be: How the Left Can Stop Losing and Win / Edition 1

Changing the Powers That Be: How the Left Can Stop Losing and Win / Edition 1

by G. William Domhoff
     
 

More equality, more fairness, more opportunity—these are themes on which progressives, now more than ever, could win elections and build social movements. Yet American progressives too seldom have put themselves in a position to capture the loyalty of American voters. In his newest book, Domhoff explains why the left's political strategies have failed, and he

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Overview

More equality, more fairness, more opportunity—these are themes on which progressives, now more than ever, could win elections and build social movements. Yet American progressives too seldom have put themselves in a position to capture the loyalty of American voters. In his newest book, Domhoff explains why the left's political strategies have failed, and he calls for new strategies and alliances that will lead to political success and a better America. Sure to be widely read and debated, the book reveals how campaigns by Nader and other third-party progressives have been misguided. Domhoff explains how and why third-party candidacies fail because of the structure of the political system, and then presents a new way for progressives to enter the political arena without compromising their basic values or their emphasis on participation in social movements. He shows how "planning through the market" holds more potential for freedom and fairness than centrally planned economies. He also shows how progressives can redefine who is "us" and who is "them" in a way that is more inclusive, allowing people across the class spectrum to support a renewed egalitarian vision.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742524910
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

G. William Domhoff, professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is the author of Who Rules America? (4th ed., 2002) and The Power Elite and the State (1990), and coauthor of Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue? (2003).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1 The What-If Nader Campaign of 2000 Chapter 2 2 Why Egalitarians Should Transform the Democratic Party Chapter 3 3 More Equality Through the Market System Chapter 4 4 Social Movements and Strategic Nonviolence Chapter 5 5 Redefining Who's Us and Who's Them Chapter 6 6 Keeping Leaders Accountable Chapter 7 7 A New Foreign Policy and a New Stance on Religion Chapter 8 8 Stop Blaming the Media Chapter 9 9 Making the Future Yours

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