Category: Politics

  • Download E-books Letters to a Young Activist PDF

    By Todd Gitlin

    "Be unique. See what happens." So Todd Gitlin advises the younger brain burning to do so to correct the wrongs of the area but in addition trying to find bearings, realizing, path, and useful examples. In Letters to a tender Activist, Gitlin appears to be like again at his eventful lifestyles, recalling his event as president of the ambitious scholars for a Democratic Society within the '60s, considering the spirit of activism, and arriving at a few rules of motion to steer the fervour and effort of these wishing to do strong. via a sequence of letters, he imparts to a brand new new release of radicals and activists the fervour he felt as an offended younger guy and the knowledge he has attained as a mature political author, instructor, and father. Gitlin considers the 3 complementary reasons of accountability, love, and experience, displays at the altering nature of idealism, and exhibits how righteous motion calls for life like in addition to idealistic considering. And he seems to be ahead to an doubtful destiny that's however filled with danger, a destiny the place patriotism and clever skepticism should not jointly specific. With compassion and hard-won perception, Gitlin invitations the younger activist to go into imaginatively into a number of the dilemmas, ethical and sensible, of being a contemporary citizen--the dilemmas that impact not just the issues of what to imagine but in addition the issues of what to like and the way to live.
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  • Download E-books John Kennedy: A Political Profile PDF

    By James MacGregor Burns

    The approved biography of John F. Kennedy bargains a clean and candid examine what formed the fellow the US got here to like and recognize, simply as he was once at the cusp of the presidency

    Historian, political scientist, and Pulitzer Prize–winning writer James MacGregor Burns wrote Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, the 1st quantity of his hugely acclaimed biography of FDR, in 1956. years later, Burns ran for a seat in Congress and have become shut acquaintances with John F. Kennedy, who used to be additionally campaigning through the nation for reelection to the Senate. After Burns misplaced his election, he determined to jot down a biography of JFK. with none regulations, Kennedy granted his pal entire entry to documents, kin files, and private correspondence. the 2 males spoke at nice size in Washington, DC, and on the Kennedy relations compound on Cape Cod, and afterwards, Kennedy requested his kinfolk, associates, and political colleagues to speak brazenly with Burns besides. the result's a frank, incisive, and compelling portrait of Kennedy from his formative years to his provider in global battle II and his time in Congress.

    While many political biographies—especially these of presidential candidates—intend to depict a undeniable personality, Burns wouldn't permit something except his personal conception to steer him. And so, John Kennedy concludes wondering no matter if JFK may make “a dedication not just of brain, yet of heart” to the good demanding situations that lay forward. (Burns could later admit that his topic did deliver either bravery and knowledge to his presidency.) First released simply as Kennedy used to be getting into the nationwide highlight, this biography supplies a simple and intriguing portrayal of 1 of the 20th century’s most vital figures.
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  • Download E-books Playing President: My Close Ecounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clinton--and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush PDF

    By Robert Scheer

    Robert Scheer's interviews with and profiles folks presidents have formed journalism historical past. Scheer constructed shut journalistic relationships with Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush I. His reporting on them had a tangible influence on nationwide debate, corresponding to the eminent 1976 Playboy interview within which Jimmy Carter, the then-presidential candidate, admitted to have lusted in his middle; and the 1980 interview with the L.A. Times, within which Bush I confessed to Scheer his dream of a "winnable nuclear war.”

    In Playing President, Robert Scheer bargains an unprecedented perception into the presidential brain. He analyses every one management on account that Nixon, and together with George W. Bush, providing insights that may shock the reader—particularly people with inflexible preconceptions in regards to the decision-making procedures of our leaders. the quantity also will comprise reprints of Scheer’s recognized presidential interviews, besides formerly unpublished interview transcripts and choose earlier writings.

    Robert Scheer is the writer of six books, together with Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking loss of life: Essays at the Pornography of Power; With adequate Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War; and America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals. besides Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, he's the coauthor of The 5 largest Lies Bush instructed Us approximately Iraq (Seven Stories/Akashic). Scheer is at the moment a medical professor of communications on the Annenberg institution on the collage of Southern California. he's a nationally syndicated columnist dependent on the Los Angeles Times, a contributing editor on the Nation, and a bunch of NPR-affiliate KCRW's Left, correct, and Center.
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  • Download E-books Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class PDF

    By Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson

    This acclaimed paradigm-shifting paintings identifies the genuine offender in the back of one of many nice financial crises of our time—the transforming into inequality of earning among the majority of americans and the richest of the rich.

    A groundbreaking paintings that identifies the genuine wrongdoer in the back of one of many nice financial crimes of our time— the growing to be inequality of earning among nearly all of americans and the richest of the wealthy.

    We all be aware of that the very wealthy have got much richer those earlier few many years whereas such a lot american citizens haven’t. in reality, the exorbitantly paid have endured to thrive through the present monetary obstacle, at the same time the remainder of american citizens have persevered to fall in the back of. Why do the “haveit- alls” have a lot more? and the way have they controlled to restructure the economic system to harvest the lion’s percentage of the earnings and shift the prices in their new financial playground downward, tearing new holes within the safeguard web and saddling we all with elevated debt and chance? plenty of so-called specialists declare to have solved this nice secret, yet nobody has rather gotten to the ground of it—until now.

    In their vigorous and provocative Winner-Take-All Politics, renowned political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson show convincingly that the standard suspects—foreign alternate and fiscal globalization, technological alterations within the office, elevated schooling on the top—are principally blameless of the costs opposed to them. as an alternative, they indict an not going suspect and take us on an interesting travel of the mountain of facts opposed to the perpetrator. The responsible social gathering is American politics. Runaway inequality and the current monetary trouble replicate what govt has performed to help the wealthy and what it has now not performed to protect the pursuits of the center classification. The winner-take-all economic climate is basically due to the winner-take-all politics.

    In an leading edge old departure, Hacker and Pierson hint the increase of the winner-take-all economic climate again to the past due Seventies while, below a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress, a big transformation of yankee politics happened. With significant enterprise and conservative ideologues organizing themselves to undo the rules and innovative tax regulations that had helped ascertain a good distribution of financial rewards, deregulation received below means, taxes have been minimize for the wealthiest, and enterprise decisively defeated hard work in Washington. And this variation persisted less than Reagan and the timber in addition to below Clinton, with either events catering to the pursuits of these on the very best. Hacker and Pierson’s gripping narration of the epic battles waged in the course of President Obama’s first years in workplace unearths a nasty yet catalyzing fact: winner-take-all politics, whereas lower than problem, continues to be greatly with us.

    Winner-Take-All Politics—part revelatory heritage, half political research, half highbrow trip— exhibits how a political process that normally has been conscious of the pursuits of the center classification has been hijacked by way of the superrich. In doing so, it not just alterations how we predict approximately American politics, but additionally issues how to rebuilding a democracy that serves the pursuits of the various instead of simply these of the rich few.
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  • Download E-books Selections from The Wealth of Nations PDF

    By Adam Smith

    This rigorously annotated choice beneficial properties the most research of the operation of an financial system, the introductory bankruptcy of the nice assault on mercantilism, and parts of the research of the capabilities of the state-Books I, IV, and V. Edited through George J. Stigler, this helpful quantity comprises an creation and a bibliography.
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  • Download E-books The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East PDF

    A  manifesto that exposes the issues within the two-state coverage of the us towards Israel and the Palestinians and provides an immediate and robust demand Israeli sovereignty within the region.
    The reigning consensus in elite and educational circles is that the U.S. needs to search to solve the Palestinians' clash with Israel via imposing the so-called two-state answer. constructing a Palestinian nation, so the pondering is going, will be a panacea for the entire region’s ills. it should finish the Arab world’s clash with Israel, as the cause the Arab international is anti-Israel is that there's no Palestinian kingdom. it's going to additionally approximately erase the imperative explanation for the violent extremism within the remainder of the center East.

    In a time while American politics are marked through partisan gridlock, the two-state answer sticks out for its skill to draw supporters from either side of the ideological divide. however the nice irony is that it really is the most irrational and failed regulations the U.S. has ever adopted.

    among 1970 and 2013, the us offered 9 diverse peace plans for Israel and the Palestinians, and for the earlier two decades, the 2 country resolution has been the center-piece of U.S. heart East coverage. yet regardless of this laser concentration, American efforts to enforce a two-state peace deal have failed—and with each one new try, the center East has turn into much less strong, extra violent, extra radicalized, and extra inimical to democratic values and interests. 

         In The Israeli Solution, Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor to the Jerusalem Post, examines the heritage and misconceptions at the back of the two-state coverage, such a lot notably:

    - the massive blunders made in counting the particular numbers of Jews and Arabs within the sector. The 1997 Palestinian Census, upon which so much two-state coverage relies, wildly exaggerated the numbers of Palestinians dwelling within the West financial institution and Gaza.

    - overlook of the lengthy historical past of Palestinian anti-Semitism, refusal to barter in strong religion, terrorism, and denial of Israel’s correct to exist.

    - omit for Israel’s better claims to territorial sovereignty less than overseas legislation, in addition to the lengthy background of Jewish presence within the region.

    - Indifference to polling information that indicates the Palestinian humans recognize Israeli society and governance. regardless of a half-century of family and overseas terrorism, anti-semitism, and armed forces assaults from neighborhood buddies who reject its correct to exist, Israel has thrived because the center East’s lone democracy.
    After a century spent chasing a two-state coverage that hasn’t introduced the Israelis and Palestinians any in the direction of peace, The Israeli Solution bargains another route to balance within the center East according to Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.
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  • Download E-books The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan PDF

    By Rick Perlstein

    The New York Times bestselling spectacular portrait of the US at the verge of a apprehensive breakdown within the tumultuous political and monetary instances of the 1970s.

    In January of 1973 Richard Nixon introduced the top of the Vietnam warfare and ready for a effective moment term—until televised Watergate hearings published his White apartment as little larger than a mafia den. the subsequent president declared upon Nixon’s resignation “our lengthy nationwide nightmare is over”—but then congressional investigators uncovered the CIA for assassinating overseas leaders. The cave in of the South Vietnamese govt rendered moot the sacrifice of a few 58,000 American lives. The economic system was once in tatters. And as american citizens all started puzzling over their kingdom in a brand new way—as yet another kingdom between countries, not more providential than any other—the pundits declared that to any extent further profitable politicians stands out as the ones who venerated this chastened new nationwide mood.

    Ronald Reagan by no means bought the message. Which used to be why, while he introduced his goal to problem President Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination, those self same pundits brushed off him—until, amazingly, it began to seem like he simply could win. He was once inventing the recent conservative political tradition we all know now, within which a imaginative and prescient of patriotism rooted in a feeling of yankee limits used to be derailed in America’s Bicentennial 12 months via the increase of the smiling baby-kisser from Hollywood. opposed to a backdrop of melodramas from the Arab oil embargo to Patty Hearst to the near-bankruptcy of America’s maximum urban, The Invisible Bridge asks the query: what does it suggest to think in the USA? To wave a flag—or to reject the glibness of the flag wavers?
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  • Download E-books The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception PDF

    By David Corn

    "George W. Bush is a liar. He has lied huge and small, without delay and via omission. He has mugged the truth--not purely in sincere blunders, yet intentionally, continuously, and repeatedly." --from the Introduction

    All American presidents have lied, yet George W. Bush has relentlessly abused the reality. during this scathing indictment of the president and his internal circle, David Corn, the Washington editor of The country, unearths and examines the deceptions on the middle of the Bush presidency. In a gorgeous paintings of journalism, he information and substantiates the numerous instances the Bush management has knowingly and deliberately misled the yankee public to increase its personal pursuits and time table, including:

    Brazenly mischaracterizing intelligence and resorting to misleading arguments to whip up public help for conflict with Iraq

    Misrepresenting the provisions and results of the president's supersized tax cuts

    Offering deceptive explanations-- rather than telling the entire fact -- concerning the September 11 attacks

    Lying approximately connections to company crooks

    Presenting misleading and disingenuous claims to promote debatable rules at the surroundings, stem phone examine, missile protection, Social defense, white-collar crime, abortion, power, and different the most important issues

    Running a truth-defying, down-and-dirty crusade through the 2000 presidential contest and recount drama

    The Lies of George W. Bush isn't a partisan whine--it is as a substitute a gently built, fact-based account that in actual fact denotes how Bush has trusted deception--from the crusade path to the Oval Office--to win political and coverage battles. With wit and elegance, Corn explains how Bush has controlled to break out with it and explores the harmful effects of such presidential deceit in a dangerous age.
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  • Download E-books Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left PDF

    By Jeff Sparrow, Antony Loewenstein

    The 2008 monetary quandary opened the door for a daring, revolutionary social circulation. yet regardless of common revulsion at financial inequity and political opportunism, after the crash little or no has replaced. Has the Left failed? What schedule should still progressives pursue? And what possible choices do they dare to visualize? Left flip is aimed toward the various Australians disenchanted with the political technique. It contains passionate and tough contributions by way of a various variety of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to man Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. those essays supply views mostly excluded from the mainstream. they provide chances for resistance and for a renewed fight for swap.
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