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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.
"Democracy for the Few is a radical text that will educate, entertain, inspire, and provoke students to read, think, and be critical." - Dan Brook, Ph.D., San Jose State University
"Democracy for the Few is the most clearly written, innovative and thought provoking textbook I've seen. I find it hard to imagine a better text! This book will make your students understand how the American government functions while forcing them to think for themselves. Even if you don't agree with the viewpoint taken by Parenti, this book will help spark invaluable classroom discussions." - Dr. William A. Pelz, Elgin Community College
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.
Preface 1. Partisan Politics. 2. A Constitution for the Few. 3. Rise of the Corporate State. 4. Wealth and Want in the United States. 5. Institutions and Ideologies. 6. Politics: Who Gets What? 7. Health and Human Services: Sacrificial Lambs. 8. The Last Environment. 9. Unequal before the Law. 10. Political Repression and National Insecurity. 11. The U.S. Global Military Empire. 12. Who Governs? Elites, Labor, and Globalization. 13. Mass Media: For the Many, by the Few. 14. Voters, Parties, and Stolen Elections. 15. Congress: The Pocketing of Power. 16. The President: Guardian of the System. 17. The Political Economy of Bureaucracy. 18. The Supremely Political Court. 19. Democracy for the Few.