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Sociopathic Society: A People's Sociology of the United States

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Charles Derber introduces and vividly explains the idea of a “sociopathic society”—and why the idea has become necessary to understand today’s world.

Sociopathic society is rooted in governments and economies, not psychiatry. The book offers a new sociology of societies organized around antisocial values, which ultimately lead to societal and planetary self-destruction. Most of the sociopathic behaviors are perfectly legal and are perpetrated ...

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Overview

Charles Derber introduces and vividly explains the idea of a “sociopathic society”—and why the idea has become necessary to understand today’s world.

Sociopathic society is rooted in governments and economies, not psychiatry. The book offers a new sociology of societies organized around antisocial values, which ultimately lead to societal and planetary self-destruction. Most of the sociopathic behaviors are perfectly legal and are perpetrated by governments, financial institutions, and corporate capitalism.

Focusing on the United States, Derber connects the dots of Wall Street meltdown, guns and murder, uninhibited greed, the 1% and the 99%, a new crisis of unemployable “surplus people,” Hurricane Sandy and global warming, cheating scandals, and more—including the war on democracy itself.

Although the book brings together a breathtaking set of stories of a system run wild, it also offers hope, showing pathways for confronting and avoiding the many ways a society can “commit sociocide.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612054384
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 815,057
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Derber, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, has written for Newsday, Newsweek, Business Week, Time, the Christian Science Monitor, and other magazines. He speaks frequently on National Public Radio, talk radio, and television. His most recent book is Capitalism: Should You Buy It? An Invitation to Political Economy (Paradigm 2014).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Noam Chomsky
Preface
Part I Sociopathic Society
1 An Anatomy of Sociopathic Society
Part II Sociopathy and the New American Dream
Introduction Sociopathic Individualism and Everyday Life
2 The Good Man Fills His Own Stomach: All-American Crimes and Misdemeanors
3 Conversational Narcissism and Sociopathic Talk
4 Newtown Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Part III Sociopathic Capitalism
Introduction Is US Capitalism Antisocial?
5 Capitalist Crises and Capitalism against Society
6 Manufacturing Surplus People
7 The New Robber Barons
8 Sins of the Corporate Regime
9 Romney’s “47 Percent” Blunder Reveals the Hidden Heart of His Agenda (with Yale Magrass)
10 Sociopathic Globalization
11 Kochamamie Democracy
Part IV War and Sociopathic Foreign Policy
Introduction Sociopathy and Empire
12 American Empire and Its Moral Big Stick (with Yale Magrass)
13 The “Wright Problem” (with Yale Magrass)
14 What Does It Mean to Call McCain a “War Hero” Candidate? (with Yale Magrass)
15 When Wars Come Home (with Yale Magrass)
Part V Climate Change as Sociopathy
Introduction Violence against the Earth
16 How Capitalism Causes Climate Change
17 Hurricane Sandy, Climate Sociopathy, and the Infrastructure Crisis
18 Consumerism as Sociopathy
Part VI Fascism: The Ultimate Sociopathic Society?
Introduction Sociopathy and the Far Right
19 Fascism Lite
20 History’s Magic Mirror: America’s Economic Crisis and the Weimar Republic of Pre-Nazi Germany (with Yale Magrass)
Part VII Alternatives and Activism
Introduction Beyond the Sociopathic Society
A. New American Values and the New America
21 Women’s Values and a New America
22 Capitalism: Big Surprises in Recent Polls
23 The New America Is Not about Identity Politics
24 The Democracy Deficit Is the Real Deficit (with Paul Shannon)
B. Alternative Systems
25 The UN, the Barbershop, and Global Democracy
26 Alternatives to Sociopathic Capitalism
27 Will the World Be Ruled by Money or Human Rights?
C. Activism and What You Can Do
28 What You Can Do Now
29 From Bowling Alone to Bowling Green

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