Losing Our Democracy: How Bush, the Far Right and Big Business Are Betraying America--And How to Stop It

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"For those of us who understand that America's greatest progress is achieved not by cheering on things as they are but by demanding change, Mark Green's Losing Our Democracy is a must-read book." -Senator John Kerry

With Losing Our Democracy, Mark Green reveals how the far and religious right, a coalition of big business and, most shockingly, President Bush and his White House are in the process of undermining our democracy. With careful, reasoning and brilliant style, he provides anecdotes and extensive ...
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"For those of us who understand that America's greatest progress is achieved not by cheering on things as they are but by demanding change, Mark Green's Losing Our Democracy is a must-read book." -Senator John Kerry

With Losing Our Democracy, Mark Green reveals how the far and religious right, a coalition of big business and, most shockingly, President Bush and his White House are in the process of undermining our democracy. With careful, reasoning and brilliant style, he provides anecdotes and extensive evidence which demonstrate how our liberty has fallen under attack. Subjects include voter suppression, religious, corporate, and legislative tyranny, so-called tort reform, the problem of purchased politicians and the far right's Stone-Age approach to race and civil rights.

"Mark Green's Losing Our Democracy describes with compelling evidence how the Bush administration and the far right have, in the wake of 9/11, compromised our civil liberties and our national security policy." -Senator Russ Feingold
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402210433
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Green is the author/editor of 21 books on government and law, including the best-sellers Who Runs Congress? and The Book on Bush. He was elected Public Advocate for New York City (1993-2001). He was the founder of the new Democracy Project, a public affairs institute, and currently serves as president of Air America Radio.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Tom Paine or Robinson Crusoe?

I. Legislative Tyranny I: A Democracy Run by Lobbyists
DeLay and Abramoff: Corruption Squared
The Evil of Access: Money and Members
Washington Lobbyists and Tony Soprano

II. Legislative Tyranny II: A Democracy without Democrats
Excluding Half of America
Literal "Oversight"
Changing the Rules
A Teachable Moment?

III. Religious Tyranny: Is God Really a Republican?
Religion Yes-Theocracy No
Who Are They?
The Impact on America
The Evolution of Creationism
Co-opting the Courts
The Persecuted Majority: How Can 10% Repress 90%?
Pluralism Is Patriotism

IV. Corporate Tyranny I: Public Power in Private Hands
Political Power: Business, as Usual
Labor Pains

V. Corporate Tyranny II: Ethics and Profits
Corruption in the Boardroom
The New Aristocracy of Wealth
A Democratic Backlash to Crony Capitalism?

VI. Voter Suppression: After Florida and Ohio
The Leader of the Democratic World?
A Deficit of Democracy: Election Woes
Procedural Failures
Long-Term Structural Failures
Bringing Voters Back into Elections

VII.What Rule of Law? I: Taking Liberties
Winking at Torture
(Un)Patriotic Acts
Domestic Suppression
Chilling Free Speech
Spying on Americans

VIII.What Rule of Law? II: With Justice for Some
Why Break Laws When You Can Ignore Them?
Discrimination and Democracy
Access to Justice

IX. Information Manipulation I: How Deception Pollutes the Well of Democracy
Truth and Consequences

X. InformationManipulation II: Pro-Secrecy and Anti-Science
Secret's Out
Science Fiction

XI.Where Are the Media?
The Next Corporate Scandal
Fear and Loathing at the Press Club
Righting the Media
What Is the Truth? Calling a Spade a Shovel

Conclusion: Saving Our Democracy
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Index

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