State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush

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Torture. Secret prisons. Wiretaps on Americans. Even with a new president in the White House, daily headlines contain disturbing revelations about how the United States conducts itself in the “war on terror.” While other books have analyzed specific, shocking issues about the war on terror, there is a surprising disconnect in them: they don’t connect the actions of the George W. Bush administration to those of previous administrations. State Power and Democracy is the first to do that. It shows that the Bush ...

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Overview

Torture. Secret prisons. Wiretaps on Americans. Even with a new president in the White House, daily headlines contain disturbing revelations about how the United States conducts itself in the “war on terror.” While other books have analyzed specific, shocking issues about the war on terror, there is a surprising disconnect in them: they don’t connect the actions of the George W. Bush administration to those of previous administrations. State Power and Democracy is the first to do that. It shows that the Bush police state didn’t commence when Bush was inaugurated. It proves, instead, that the seeds of an American police state can be traced all the way back to the founding of the republic.

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"Since the tragic events of 9/11, the United States has gutted its democratic ideals in the name of security while increasing its authoritariantendenciesas part of the war on terror.State Power and Democracynot only rigorously takes note of how the Bush administration (and increasingly the Obama government) undermined any promise of a democracy in the United States but also vividly illustrates the long trajectory of authoritarian practices and punishing policies that have been deeply ingrained in American history. Andrew Kolin provides both a powerful warning and a wake-up call about the death of democratic ideals in the United States." - Henry Giroux, Chair, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University and author of Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror

"Andrew Kolin exposes the persistent efforts of autocrats to suppress popular democracy. His treatment is wide-ranging, historically informed, and most relevant to the police-state transgressions occurring in today's America." - Michael Parenti, author of God and His Demons and Contrary Notions

"This compelling book traces the assault on democracy and the rise of a police state that reached its zenith in the George W. Bush administration. From the war on communism to the war on terrorism, our government has used surveillance, preventive detention, torture, and a climate of fear to consolidate its power and neutralize dissent. Under the guise of nurturing democracy at home and abroad, the U.S. government has actually undermined it. Required reading for all who seek to recapture our democracy." - Marjorie Cohn, Professor, Firedoglake.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230109353
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Kolin is Professor of Political Science at Hilbert College near Buffalo, NY. He earned his doctorate in political science from the City University of New York Graduate Center; he previously taught throughout CUNY and in several units the State University of New York and private colleges. He is the author of The Ethical Foundations of Hume’s Theory of Politics (1990); One Family: Before and During the Holocaust (2000) and State Structure and Genocide (2008).

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Table of Contents

Growth of State Power and the Assault on Democracy
• Eroding Democracy in a Time of Crisis
• Accelerating the Assault on Democracy
• Absolute Power at the Expense of Democracy
• A Police State
• Actions Taken Against Enemies of the State
• Exporting An American Police State
• The Future?

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