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Democracy for the Few, 9th Edition / Edition 9

Democracy for the Few, 9th Edition / Edition 9

by Michael Parenti


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Democracy for the Few, 9th Edition / Edition 9

Parenti's provocative critique of class power within traditional political institutions will arouse classroom debate and introduce students to a unique viewpoint of American capitalism. Unlike most book on the American political system, DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW emphasizes the political economy of public policy and who gets what.

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ISBN-13: 2900495911264
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 03/10/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Parenti has taught political and social science at a number of colleges and universities, and now devotes himself full time to writing and guest lecturing. He is an internationally known, award winning author who has published 21 books, including: God and His Demons (2010); Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (2007); The Culture Struggle (2006), and The Assassination of Julius Caesar (2003).Various writings of his have been translated into some twenty languages. His publications, including previous editions of Democracy for the Few, have been read and enjoyed by students, lay readers, and scholars, and have been used extensively in hundreds of college courses across the country. Dr. Parenti lectures frequently throughout North America and abroad. His various talks and interviews have played widely on radio, television, and the Internet. Some 300 articles of his have been published in magazines, newspapers, websites, and scholarly journals, including American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Social Research, and New Political Science. For more information, visit his website:

Table of Contents

Preface ix

About the author xii

Chapter 1 Partisan Politics 1

Beyond Textbooks 1

The Politico-Economic System 3

Chapter 2 A Constitution for the Few 5

Class Power in Early America 5

Containing the Spread of Democracy 7

Fragmenting Majority Power 10

Plotters or Patriots? 12

Democratic Concessions 14

Chapter 3 Rise of the Corporate State 17

The War Against Labor 17

Favors for Business 19

Pliable Progressives and Red Scares 21

The New Deal: Hard Times and Tough Reforms 23

Chapter 4 Wealth and Want in the United States 27

Capital and Labor 27

Capital Concentration: Who Owns America? 29

Downsizing and Profiteering 33

Inflation, the Profit-Price Spiral 34

Monopoly Farming 35

Market Demand and Productivity 37

The Hardships of Working America 39

Poverty in Paradise 42

The Human Costs of Economic Injustice 44

Chapter 5 Institutions and Ideologies 47

Corporate Plutocracy 47

Ideological Orthodoxy 49

Corporate Rule and Ruin: Some Examples 51

Left, Right, and Center 52

Public Opinion: Which Direction? 56

Democracy: Form and Content 57

Chapter 6 Politics: Who Gets What? 60

Welfare for the Rich 60

Federal Handouts to Corporate America 62

The Billion-Dollar Bailouts 64

Taxes: Helping the Rich in their Time of Greed 66

Unkind Cuts, Unfair Rates 69

Deficit Spending and the National Debt 70

Some Hidden Deficits 71

Chapter 7 Health and Human Services: Sacrificial Lambs 74

The Poor Get Less (and Less) 74

Social Insecurity: Privatizing Everything 76

A Sick Health System 77

The Health Insurance Racket 79

The “Socialist” Medical Menace? 81

Buyers Beware, and Workers Too 83

Creating Crises: Schools and Housing 85

“Mess Transit” 87

Chapter 8 The Last Environment 90

Toxifying the Earth 90

Eco-Apocalypse 93

Pollution for Profits 94

Government for the Despoilers 96

An Alternative Approach 98

Chapter 9 Unequal before the Law 100

Crime in the Suites 100

Big Crime, Small Punishment (Usually) 103

Class Law: Tough on the Weak 105

The Crime of Prisons 108

A Most Fallible System 110

Sexist Justice 112

The Victimization of Children 114

Racist Law Enforcement 115

Chapter 10 Political Repression and National Insecurity 119

The Repression of Dissent 119

Political Prisoners, USA 122

Political Murder, USA 125

The National Security Autocracy 129

CIA: Capitalism's International Army or Cocaine Import Agency? 131

Watergate and Iran-contra 133

Homeland Insecurity 134

Chapter 11 The U.S. Global Military Empire 137

A Global Kill Capacity 137

Pentagon Profits, Waste, and Theft 139

Harming Our Own 142

Economic Imperialism 143

Intervention Everywhere 146

Global Bloodletting 147

Chapter 12 Who Governs? Elites, Labor, and Globalization 151

The Ruling Class 151

Labor Besieged 154

Unions and the Good Fight 156

How Globalization Undermines Democracy 157

Chapter 13 Mass Media: For the Many, by the Few 163

He Who Pays the Piper 163

The Ideological Monopoly 167

Serving Officialdom 170

Political Entertainment 173

Room for Alternatives? 174

Chapter 14 Voters, Parties, and Stolen Elections 177

Democrats and Republicans: Any Differences? 177

The Two-Party Monopoly 179

Making Every Vote Count 181

Rigging the Game 182

Money, a Necessary Condition 184

The Struggle to Vote 187

The War Against Imaginary “Voter Fraud” 189

Shady Elections 191

Pale Democracy 196

Chapter 15 Congress: The Pocketing of Power 197

A Congress for the Money 197

Lobbyists: The Other Lawmakers 200

The Varieties of Corruption 203

Special Interests and Secrecy 205

The Legislative Labyrinth 208

Incumbency and Term Limits 210

Legislative Democracy under Siege 211

Chapter 16 The President: Guardian of the System 215

Salesman of the System 215

The Two Faces of the President 218

Feds vs. States 221

A Loaded Electoral College 222

The Would-be Absolute Monarch 225

Chapter 17 The Political Economy of Bureaucracy 232

The Myth and Reality of Inefficiency 232

Deregulation and Privatization 235

Secrecy and Deception, Waste and Corruption 238

Nonenforcement: Politics in Command 240

Serving the “Regulated” 242

Public Authority in Private Hands 245

Regulation and Business Ideology 247

Chapter 18 The Supremely Political Court 249

Who Judges? 249

Conservative Judicial Activism (Early Times) 252

Circumventing the First Amendment 255

Freedom for Revolutionaries (and Others)? 257

As the Court Turns 258

Conservative Judicial Activism (Present Day) 265

Chapter 19 Democracy for the Few 268

Pluralism for the Few 268

The Limits of Reform 271

Democracy as Popular Struggle 273

The Roles of the State 275

What Is to be Done? 277

The Reality of Public Production 283

Notes 289

Index 317

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Democracy for the Few, 9th Edition 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Exciting read. To learn more of the Korporate control of what I thought was our country.
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