Dime's Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils

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You hear the drumbeats every day: Anybody But Bush, Anybody But Bush. The rampage of the President and his gang of neo-cons and corporadoes is presented by many liberal powerbrokers as a uniquely evil experience in the history of the American republic. Bush is cast as Hitler, and it becomes a moral imperative for progressives to rally behind any Democrat, because in comparison to an American Hitler, all challengers must be benign. Right?—Wrong.

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Overview

You hear the drumbeats every day: Anybody But Bush, Anybody But Bush. The rampage of the President and his gang of neo-cons and corporadoes is presented by many liberal powerbrokers as a uniquely evil experience in the history of the American republic. Bush is cast as Hitler, and it becomes a moral imperative for progressives to rally behind any Democrat, because in comparison to an American Hitler, all challengers must be benign. Right?—Wrong.

Dime’s Worth of Difference shatters these myths once and for all. A must-read in this election year, it’s the new collection edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, editors of the hugely popular radical website CounterPunch.org and the investigative newsletter CounterPunch.

From judicial nominees to the environmental pillage, economic policy to health care, military aggression to civil liberties, the Democrats and Republicans have acted as a two-headed beast, pursuing the same policies, often underwritten by the same financial sponsors. Both parties insist that there are real differences that divide them. But after 12 years of Clinton/Bush, those differences are harder than ever to detect. Only the rhetoric, backed by scare tactics, remains. In Dime’s Worth of Difference, Cockburn and St. Clair, and a team of CounterPunch writers, blow away the rhetorical smog that has polluted our politics for the last few decades.

Dime’s Worth of Difference shows, for all who dare look, that the fake choice of the lesser of two evils still leaves you with evil. It doesn’t matter which door you chose. This timely book calls on progressives to begin a new movement outside the death-embrace of the Democratic Party.

Nationally syndicated journalists Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair have co-authored numerous best--sellers, including Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and The Press, Washington Babylon and Al Gore: A User’s Manual.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904859031
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Alexander Cockburn is a syndicated national columnist, whose work appears regularly in the Nation, NY Free Press, and LA Times, amongst others. Together with Jeffrey St. Clair, he is the editor of the online journal Alexander Cockburn is co-editor of the online journal Counterpunch and has authored and edited numerous books, including the best-selling Whiteout. Jeffrey St. Clair is an award-winning investigative journalist, co-editor of political newsletter CounterPunch and author of nine books, including Grand Theft Pentagon (2005)
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Table of Contents

Presidential elections : not as big a deal as they say 1
What happened to the economy under Clinton? 17
How Monica Lewinsky saved Social Security 31
War on the poor 43
Women and the Democratic Party 61
The instructive history of Jackson's Rainbow 73
Clinton and black Americans 93
Notes from the big empty 101
The slick swindler Senator Max Baucus 113
John McCain, phony "maverick" 121
One Wyden; many masters 129
Santorum : that's Latin for asshole 137
Marc Racicot : Bush's main man 145
Paul Wellstone : a liberal icon? 153
The political business of Terry McAuliffe 169
Rove : the manager and the playing field 181
Oil for one and one for oil 193
Bipartisan origins of the war on drugs 215
Civil rights down through the presidencies 225
Capitalism's warehouses 237
Rand Beers and Colombia 249
Phonying up the defense budget 257
Alliances and the American empire 263
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