Democracy Gone

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In Democracy Gone, Abele argues that the last eight years in particular have shown us that our democracy has largely disintegrated, leaving behind only an exoskeleton that was once its original vertebrae of ends and principles. This book questions whether or not the American democratic experiment has run out of steam and if, through our inattention, we have replaced our democracy with politicians lustful for power and central authority that is out of touch with the needs of common people. The essays included in Democracy Gone focus specifically on two questions. First, how true are we staying to our founding values in our national actions and dialogues? Second, how consistent and universal is our application of the principles and standards we claim to hold dear? The underlying call is that it is critical to our form of democracy in the United States that citizens once again become active participants in the issues of the day: nothing less than the reclamation of our democracy is at stake.

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Editorial Reviews

Southwest Philosophy Review
A useful and provocative stimulus to continued discussion concerning the serious and unresolved issue of racism in our society.....
— Manuel Davenport, Texas A&M University
Southwest Philosophy Review - Manuel Davenport
A useful and provocative stimulus to continued discussion concerning the serious and unresolved issue of racism in our society.....
Social Theory and Practice, Vol.26, No.1 (Spring 2000) - Torin Alter
Schelder writes in a straightforward, analytical style, and he is well informed about the history relevant to the issues he addresses.....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761846758
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert P. Abele, Ph.D., is the author of two other books: A User's Guide to the USA PATRIOT Act (2005) and The Anatomy of a Deception: A Logical and Ethical Analysis of the Decision to Invade Iraq (2009), both published by University Press of America, as well as numerous articles on politics and U.S. government foreign and domestic policies. He is an instructor of philosophy at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 The Roberts Court Chapter 4 Christian America? (Part I) Chapter 5 Christian America? (Part II) Chapter 6 Christian America? (Part III) Chapter 7 History Repeated: The Resurrection of the Intelligent Design Argument (Part I) Chapter 8 History Repeated: The Resurrection of the Intelligent Design Argument (Part II) Chapter 9 Samuel Alito: The Judge Inside the Black Robe Chapter 10 Assault on the Academy Chapter 11 A Defense of Liberal Values Chapter 12 Primary American Values: Liberty and the Common Good (Part I) Chapter 13 Primary American Values: Liberty and the Common Good (Part II) Chapter 14 Primary American Values: Liberty and the Common Good (Part III) Chapter 15 The Values of the Religious Right are Neither Religious or Right (Part I) Chapter 16 The Values of the Religious Right are Neither Religious or Right (Part II) Chapter 17 Bush and the Abuse of Science (Part I) Chapter 18 Bush and the Abuse of Science (Part II) Chapter 19 What is a Jihad, Anyway? Chapter 20 Democracy and Global Economic Imperialism Chapter 21 Is American Culture Dying? Chapter 22 Keeping the Enlightenment Alive Chapter 23 New Orleans Teachers Chapter 24 The Extremist Attack on College Education Chapter 25 The Coming War with Iran (Part I) Chapter 26 The Coming War with Iran (Part II) Chapter 27 The Coming War with Iran (Part III) Chapter 28 The Coming War with Iran (Part IV) Chapter 29 The Ethical and Logical Need for Consistency Chapter 30 Was the 2004 Election Stolen? (Part I) Chapter 31 Was the 2004 Election Stolen? (Part II) Chapter 32 Are Diebold Machines Reliable? Chapter 33 Media Conglomeration is a Bad Idea for Democracy Chapter 34 Religious Right Warriors Chapter 35 Neocon Philosophy and its Near Demise Chapter 36 Vision for a Democratic and Ethical Future Chapter 37 A Presidential Signing Statements Chapter 38 Privatization of Government Chapter 39 Do We Have the Right to Privacy? Chapter 40 The Common Good and Democracy Chapter 41 Torture (Part I) Chapter 42 Torture (Part II) Chapter 43 Freedom of Conscience as the Basis of Freedom of Religion Chapter 44 The Don Imus Affair Chapter 45 Militarism and Democracy Chapter 46 Money and Democracy Chapter 47 The Lame Democratic Congress Chapter 48 Why We Can't Support the Troops without Supporting the War Chapter 49 Healing Our Wounds Chapter 50 The Meaning of the Fourth of July Chapter 51 Why We Need International Law Chapter 52 The Art of Reasoning in Democracy Chapter 53 How the United States is Conducting the War in Iraq Chapter 54 What Do We Do About Iraq? Chapter 55 Why Do They Hate Us? Chapter 56 How Do We Define "Terrorism"? Chapter 57 The Old Hippie and the Republic Chapter 58 Chomsky, Jello, and 9/11 (Part I) Chapter 59 Chomsky, Jello, and 9/11 (Part II) Chapter 60 9/11: Some Political Questions (Part I) Chapter 61 9/11: Some Political Questions (Part II) Chapter 62 Groupthink versus Critical Thinking Chapter 63 "Legislating from the Bench" Chapter 64 Mukasey, Torture, and the Democratic Congress Chapter 65 A Method for Constitutional Interpretation Chapter 66 The Need to OPen the Debate Chapter 67 Domestic Dissent as Terrorism Chapter 68 What Does the Right to Free Speech Mean? Chapter 69 History Revisited Chapter 70 Democratic Principles and Congressional Legislation Chapter 71 "Barackstar" the Actor Chapter 72 The New Push for Christian Nation Status Chapter 73 Wars and More Wars Chapter 74 "Show Me Your Papers!" Chapter 75 America for Sale Chapter 76 Corporate Personhood Chapter 77 What Should Be the President's Emergency Powers? Chapter 78 What True Patriots Fight and Die For Chapter 79 The Democrats' War Investments Chapter 80 The Radicalism of Originalism Chapter 81 Blackwaters and the U.S. Constitution Chapter 82 Is Terrorism Ever Morally Justifiable? Chapter 83 Reviving Democracy After November Chapter 84 Socrates and Callicles Chapter 85 The Loss of True Liberalism Chapter 86 The Problem with Liberals "Framing" Chapter 87 The Seventh Anniversary of 9/11 Chapter 88 Sarah Palin and the Age of Reason Chapter 89 The Beginning of the Crash Chapter 90 Are We Ready for the Revolution? (Part I) Chapter 91 Are We Ready for the Revolution? (Part II) Chapter 92 The March Toward Authoritarian America (Part I) Chapter 93 The March Toward Authoritarian America (Part II) Chapter 94 A Charge to President-Elect Obama Chapter 95 Progressives, Beware of Premature Euphoria Chapter 96 Gay Civil Rights Chapter 97 Obama's Actions Show The Need for Real Change Chapter 98 Chomsky's Radical Critique of Government Chapter 99 Notes Chapter 100 Bibliography Chapter 101 Index Chapter 102 About the Author

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