New American Crisis: Radical Analyses of the Problems Facing America Today

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Based on the acclaimed Open Magazine Pamphlet Series, The New American Crisis is a call to action amid inertia. Featuring some of America's leading activists and progressive thinkers, these candid, trenchant essays and interviews address the key issues we face in the United States, and offer radical solutions otherwise unheard amid the current conservative political climate.

Noam Chomsky, Marc Cooper, Marge Piercy, bell hooks, and Seymour Melman are just a few of the...

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Overview

Based on the acclaimed Open Magazine Pamphlet Series, The New American Crisis is a call to action amid inertia. Featuring some of America's leading activists and progressive thinkers, these candid, trenchant essays and interviews address the key issues we face in the United States, and offer radical solutions otherwise unheard amid the current conservative political climate.

Noam Chomsky, Marc Cooper, Marge Piercy, bell hooks, and Seymour Melman are just a few of the leading activists and progressive thinkers who examine this nation's current conservative political climate in a candid and provocative book that issues a call to action amid inertia and represents trenchant radical analyses of the key issues Americans currently face.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book of essays, based in part on the Open Magazine Pamphlet series (which the editors publish), is a mixed bag. Several challenging essays, on topics like NAFTA or the Zapatistas are already dated. It's fine for Howard Zinn to decry the Gulf War, but this book says nothing about a radical posture toward Bosnia. Similarly, Manning Marable's thoughtful exegesis of the legacy of Malcolm X is followed by a transcript of a too vague discussion on race and politics between Cornel West and bell hooks. Some essays resonate: Nancy Kranich argues for a public infrastructure in cyberspace; the reliable Noam Chomsky deconstructs the spurious triumph of conservatism, noting that few 1994 voters truly backed the Contract With America; Seymour Melman suggests a demilitarized economy could yield rich fruits, but how to get there?; and Joel Rogers proposes enhanced grassroots democracy and support for the New Party (but doesn't discuss third-party possibilities like Colin Powell). The sensible closing essay, by New Party supporter Juliet Schor, offers ways (reduced hours, democratized corporate governance) to make the economy more people-oriented. An appendix lists organizations and resources for those ready to act. (Feb.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565843172
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The New American Crisis
Hope for the Nineties 2
Rollback 11
After the Summit 32
Notes on NAFTA 61
NAFTA, GATT, and the World Trade Organization: The New Rules for Corporate Conquest 66
Global Village or Global Pillage?: Resistance to Top-Down Globalization 84
Power, History, & Warfare 91
Rebuilding America: A New Economic Plan 105
Starting from Chiapas: The Zapatistas Fire the Shot Heard Around the World 126
Original Declaration of War from the Lacandon Jungle by the Zapatistas to the People of Mexico 139
Zapatista Communique 142
Statement of the Zapatista Insurgents 148
Who Is Marcos? 149
Learning from Native Peoples 150
The Information Superhighway: 500 Ways to Pave Over the Public (Interview with Herbert I. Schiller) 170
Staking a Claim in Cyberspace: Ensuring a Public Place on the Info Highway 182
A Call to Action 204
On Malcolm X: His Message and Meaning 208
Breaking Bread: A Dialogue Among Communities in Search of Common Ground 224
This Is War! 242
A Sustainable Economy for the Twenty-first Century 266
How We Might Unite 288
Contributors 311
More Information 314
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