Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy

Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy

by Lewis Lapham
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Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy by Lewis Lapham

From one of America’s most important voices of protest, an urgent polemic about the strangling of meaningful dissent—the lifeblood of our democracy—at the hands of a government and media increasingly beholden to the wealthy few.

Dissent is democracy. Democracy is in trouble. Never before, Lewis Lapham argues, had voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation, so marginalized and muted by a government that recklessly disregards civil liberties, and by an ever more concentrated and profit-driven media in which the safe and the selling sweep all uncomfortable truths from view.

In the midst of the “war on terror”—which made the hunt for communists in the 1950s look, in its clarity of aim and purpose, like the Normandy landings on D-Day—we faced a crisis of democracy as serious as any in our history. The Bush administration made no secret of its contempt for a cowed and largely silenced electorate, and without bothering to conceal its purpose the government coordinates, “not the defense of the American citizenry against a foreign enemy, but the protection of the American oligarchy from the American democracy.”

Gag Rule is a rousing and necessary call to action in defense of one of our most important liberties, the right to raise our voices in dissent and have those voices heard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101190753
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 249 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lewis H. Lapham is the editor of Harper's Magazine, for which he writes an award-winning monthly column called “Notebook.” He is the author of numerous books, and his writing has appeared in major publications, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

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Lewis Lepham is remarkable in his dissent against our decadent culture that places unnecessarily reverent to military hardware, political correctness, and complacency--all deadly enemies to the American brand of democracy. As he highlights the current stretch for American empire is anathema to American freedom, and cannot live with other.