The Democrats: A Critical History (Updated edition)

The Democrats: A Critical History (Updated edition)

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by Lance Selfa
     
 

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The historic 2008 elections put a Democrat in the White House and in the majority in both houses of Congress, yet those hoping for change have been deeply disappointed. Lance Selfa looks at the Democrats in broad historical perspective, showing the institutional roots of today's betrayals, with a new introduction and chapter on the Barack Obama

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The historic 2008 elections put a Democrat in the White House and in the majority in both houses of Congress, yet those hoping for change have been deeply disappointed. Lance Selfa looks at the Democrats in broad historical perspective, showing the institutional roots of today's betrayals, with a new introduction and chapter on the Barack Obama presidency.

Lance Selfa is an editor of International Socialist Review and The Struggle for Palestine. He is also a regular contributor to the Socialist Worker newspaper, based in Chicago, Illinois.

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Praise for Lance Selfa The Democrats

“Lance Selfa has written one book that should be mandatory reading for everyone concerned with politics in the United States. The Democrats: A Critical History systematically debunks the notion that the Democratic Party is a progressive force, and that it can be pushed to the left by its voting base. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Selfa’s conclusion, he presents a case that cannot be ignored.”
—Robert W. McChesney, co-author, The Death and Life of American Journalism

“The Democratic Party, Lance Selfa demonstrates, is the graveyard of American social movements, its grassy knolls entombing the disappointed carcasses of Populism, Progressivism, Labor, and the Green movement. The Democrats should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand why Barack Obama turned out to be the undertaker of reform.”
—Roger D. Hodge, author, The Mendacity of Hope

“With a new, duly-deserved chapter on the Obama Era, Lance Selfa’s The Democrats reveals the many ways in which the establishment Democratic Party has not just dashed progressive hopes over centuries but served as a distraction from the desperately needed business of making real change in this country. Writing dismal history like this is dirty work, but somebody’s got to do it and Seifa’s straight talk actually lifts ones spirits.”
—Laura Flanders, host of The Laura Flanders Show

“At a time when our political discourse has reached its basest depths, and many are left scratching their heads as to why corporate America is stronger than ever while the rest of us reel in this recession, Lance Selfa’s timely book helps us understand clearly why the Democratic Party is its own worst enemy. With solid and meticulous research to back his claims, Selfa’s analysis is crucial to progressive understanding of the state of American politics.”
—Sonali Kolhatkar, host, Uprising Radio, KPFK

“Worthy reading for anyone who is interested in social change.”?—MediaMouse.org

“The Democrats is at its best not just when analyzing Democratic foibles — and there are plenty — but when assessing how the party stifles dissent…. Lance Selfa has crafted a smart, readable history of the Democrats that reminds us of the party’s allegiance to capital.”?—Eleanor J. Bader, The Indypendent
“If you’ve ever wondered where the democracy is in the Democratic Party and why US elections rarely seem to change anything, this book will explain the where and the why. Providing readers with the history of the Democrats from its genesis as the party of the slaveholders to the neoliberal DLC, author Selfa describes the Democrats’ role in diverting Americans’ desire for change.”?—Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608461929
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
733,715
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Lance Selfa is an editor of and contributor to International Socialist Review. He edited The Struggle for Palestine (Haymarket, 2002). He lives in Chicago.

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The Democrats: A Critical History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the title suggests, this is definately a critical history of what we know today as the Democratic party. However it is also much more than that, it not only chronicles the party's developments/history but the role it has historically played within the United States, particularly, as Selfa puts it being 'Capitalism's plan b'. I would highly recommend this title for both those on the left but also people generally interested in subject matter as per described by the title/back cover.