Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy

Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy

by Robert W. McChesney

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Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy by Robert W. McChesney

In the United States and much of the world there is a palpable depression about the prospect of overcoming the downward spiral created by the tyranny of wealth and privilege and establishing a truly democratic and sustainable society. It threatens to become self-fulfilling. In this trailblazing new book, award-winning author Robert W. McChesney argues that the weight of the present is blinding people to the changing nature and the tremendous possibilities of the historical moment we inhabit. In Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century, he uses a sophisticated political economic analysis to delineate the recent trajectory of capitalism and its ongoing degeneration. In exciting new research McChesney reveals how notions of democratic media are becoming central to activists around the world seeking to establish post-capitalist democracies. Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century also takes a fresh look at recent progressive political campaigns in the United States. While conveying complex ideas in a lively and accessible manner, McChesney demonstrates a very different and far superior world is not only necessary, but possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583674789
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 01/22/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Political Economy of Media, Communication Revolution, The Problem of the Media, and Rich Media, Poor Democracy.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

1 America, I Do Mind Dying 13

Part 1 Putting the Politics Back in Political Economy

2 After the Nader Campaign: The Future of U.S. Left Electoral Politics 30

3 A New New Deal under Obama? 51

4 The Wisconsin Uprising 62

5 This Isn't What Democracy Looks Like 70

Part 2 Money Doesn't Talk, It Swears

6 The U.S. Imperial Triangle and Military Spending 102

7 The Penal State in an Age of Crisis 120

Part 3 Media and Politics

8 The State of Media and Media Reform 138

9 Walter Lippmann and the Crisis of Journalism 160

10 The Personal Is Political: My Career in Public Radio 173

Part 3 Bringing It All Back Home

11 The Cultural Apparatus of Monopoly Capital 188

12 A Sharp Left Turn for the Media Reform Movement 219

Notes 237

Index 263

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