The Democrats: A Critical History

The Democrats: A Critical History

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by Lance Selfa
     
 

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"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

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"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

Offering a broad historical perspective, Selfa shows how the Democratic Party has time and again betrayed the aspirations of ordinary people while pursuing an agenda favorable to Wall Street and U.S. imperial ambitions.

He examines the relationship between party leaders and social movements, from the civil rights struggle to the movement to end the Iraq war; reveals the unhappy marriage between U.S. labor and the “party of the people;” and assesses the mixed record of attempts to build a third party alternative.

Further, Selfa argues that the Democrats’ record of backing the rich and breaking promises to its voting base is not a recent departure from an otherwise laudable past, but results from its role as one of two parties serving the interests of the U.S. establishment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931859554
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.62(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.