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

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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: 9/28/2004
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Misunderstanding power : explaining the popularity of 9/11 conspiracy theories 9
Ch. 2 Defending civilization and the myth of radical academia 15
Ch. 3 Toward a "decent left"? : liberal-left misrepresentation and selective targeting of left commentary on 9/11 20
Ch. 4 Who is the real criminal : Johnny Taliban or Donny Pentagon? 32
Ch. 5 Our tears, their opportunity 36
Ch. 6 Who hates America? 41
Ch. 7 Big brother Bush, "suicidal" Saddam, and the homegrown threat to liberal democracy 67
Ch. 8 State of deception : how stupid does the Bush gang think we are? 73
Ch. 9 Citizens or spectators? : democracy versus empire on the eve of "inevitable war" 77
Ch. 10 It's the empire, stupid 84
Ch. 11 Broadcast priorities : corporate media versus democracy in the streets 90
Ch. 12 "Ungrateful"? : America, France, Hitler, and debts of history 95
Ch. 13 Moments of truth, masters of war 99
Ch. 14 Resist despair 103
Ch. 15 Bad war : read "all about it" in the establishment press 110
Ch. 16 "Down the memory hole" with weapons of mass destruction 119
Ch. 17 Rachel Corrie, Jessica Lynch, and the unequal worthiness of victims 123
Ch. 18 It hurts to kill : "like I just did what the Lord says not to do" 128
Ch. 19 Systematic distortion : nonrandom material falsification and the White House agenda 131
Ch. 20 The readily available reality of American policy in an age of empire and inequality 147
Ch. 21 Just don't call it "class warfare" : invisible neighborhoods, irrelevant people from Chicago to Baghdad 152
Ch. 22 Mirror, mirror on the wall... 158
Ch. 23 Deep poverty, deep deception : facts that matter beneath the imperial helicopters (comments to the Illinois welfare reform symposium) 166
Ch. 24 Forbidden connections : class, cowardice, and war 172
Appendix for "Mirror, mirror on the wall... " 182
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