Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11

Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11

by Paul Street
     
 

A frequent columnist in Z Magazine, Black Commentator, and other magazines, Paul Street has closely monitored the deterioration of civil liberties since 9/11. In his new book, Street challenges the widely accepted notion that "everything changed" on 9/11. Empire and Inequality shows how the jetliner attacks provided a windfall opportunity to accelerate pre-existing… See more details below

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A frequent columnist in Z Magazine, Black Commentator, and other magazines, Paul Street has closely monitored the deterioration of civil liberties since 9/11. In his new book, Street challenges the widely accepted notion that "everything changed" on 9/11. Empire and Inequality shows how the jetliner attacks provided a windfall opportunity to accelerate pre-existing trends toward greater global and domestic hierarchy, inequality, and repression. Street shows how the elites of American government and business used classic propaganda mechanisms in pursuit of this regressive and authoritarian agenda in the "post-9/11 era." Street offers a cogent critique of the myth of the powerless state, showing that the U.S. government's cup runs over when it comes to serving the wealthy and privileged few and is empty only when it comes to meeting the needs of the non-affluent majority. Empire and Inequality is a powerful reflection on the inseparable, deepening, and mutually reinforcing relationships that exist between empire abroad and inequality and repression at home in the "post 9/11 era."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594510588
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Street is an independent journalist, policy adviser, and historian. Formerly he was Vice President for Research and Planning at the Chicago Urban League. Among his recent books are Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Paradigm, 2008), Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: A Living Black Chicago History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), and Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in Post-Civil Rights America (Routledge, 2005). His many articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune; In These Times; Dissent; Z Magazine; Black Commentator; Monthly Review, Journal of American Ethnic History; Journal of Social History, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Misunderstanding power : explaining the popularity of 9/11 conspiracy theories9
Ch. 2Defending civilization and the myth of radical academia15
Ch. 3Toward a "decent left"? : liberal-left misrepresentation and selective targeting of left commentary on 9/1120
Ch. 4Who is the real criminal : Johnny Taliban or Donny Pentagon?32
Ch. 5Our tears, their opportunity36
Ch. 6Who hates America?41
Ch. 7Big brother Bush, "suicidal" Saddam, and the homegrown threat to liberal democracy67
Ch. 8State of deception : how stupid does the Bush gang think we are?73
Ch. 9Citizens or spectators? : democracy versus empire on the eve of "inevitable war"77
Ch. 10It's the empire, stupid84
Ch. 11Broadcast priorities : corporate media versus democracy in the streets90
Ch. 12"Ungrateful"? : America, France, Hitler, and debts of history95
Ch. 13Moments of truth, masters of war99
Ch. 14Resist despair103
Ch. 15Bad war : read "all about it" in the establishment press110
Ch. 16"Down the memory hole" with weapons of mass destruction119
Ch. 17Rachel Corrie, Jessica Lynch, and the unequal worthiness of victims123
Ch. 18It hurts to kill : "like I just did what the Lord says not to do"128
Ch. 19Systematic distortion : nonrandom material falsification and the White House agenda131
Ch. 20The readily available reality of American policy in an age of empire and inequality147
Ch. 21Just don't call it "class warfare" : invisible neighborhoods, irrelevant people from Chicago to Baghdad152
Ch. 22Mirror, mirror on the wall...158
Ch. 23Deep poverty, deep deception : facts that matter beneath the imperial helicopters (comments to the Illinois welfare reform symposium)166
Ch. 24Forbidden connections : class, cowardice, and war172
Appendix for "Mirror, mirror on the wall... "182

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