Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism / Edition 1

Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism / Edition 1

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by Sheldon S. Wolin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691135665

ISBN-13: 9780691135663

Pub. Date: 04/07/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Democracy is struggling in America--by now this statement is almost cliché. But what if the country is no longer a democracy at all? In Democracy Incorporated, Sheldon Wolin considers the unthinkable: has America unwittingly morphed into a new and strange kind of political hybrid, one where economic and state powers are conjoined and virtually

Overview

Democracy is struggling in America--by now this statement is almost cliché. But what if the country is no longer a democracy at all? In Democracy Incorporated, Sheldon Wolin considers the unthinkable: has America unwittingly morphed into a new and strange kind of political hybrid, one where economic and state powers are conjoined and virtually unbridled? Can the nation check its descent into what the author terms "inverted totalitarianism"?

Wolin portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive--and where elites are eager to keep them that way. At best the nation has become a "managed democracy" where the public is shepherded, not sovereign. At worst it is a place where corporate power no longer answers to state controls. Wolin makes clear that today's America is in no way morally or politically comparable to totalitarian states like Nazi Germany, yet he warns that unchecked economic power risks verging on total power and has its own unnerving pathologies. Wolin examines the myths and mythmaking that justify today's politics, the quest for an ever-expanding economy, and the perverse attractions of an endless war on terror. He argues passionately that democracy's best hope lies in citizens themselves learning anew to exercise power at the local level.

Democracy Incorporated is one of the most worrying diagnoses of America's political ills to emerge in decades. It is sure to be a lightning rod for political debate for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691135663
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

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Chapter One: Myth in the Making 4

Chapter Two: Totalitarianism's Inversion: Beginnings of the Imaginary of a Permanent Global War 15

Chapter Three: Totalitarianism's Inversion, Democracy's Perversion 41

Chapter Four: The New World of Terror 69

Chapter Five: The Utopian Theory of Superpower: The Official Version 82

Chapter Six: The Dynamics of Transformation 95

Chapter Seven: The Dynamics of the Archaic 114

Chapter Eight: The Politics of Superpower: Managed Democracy 131

Chapter Nine: Intellectual Elites against Democracy 159

Chapter Ten: Domestic Politics in the Era of Superpower and Empire 184

Chapter Eleven: Inverted Totalitarianism: Antecedents and Precedents 211

Chapter Twelve: Demotic Moments 238

Chapter Thirteen: Democracy's Prospects: Looking Backwards 259

Notes 293

Index 339

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Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
aberr More than 1 year ago
Sheldon S. Wolin gets at the truth and tells it like no other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago