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Download E-books Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America PDF

By Mark R. Levin

In his acclaimed no 1 New York Times bestseller, Mark R. Levin explores the psychology, motivations, and historical past of the utopian flow, its architects—the Founding Fathers, and its modern day disciples—and how the person and American society are being wolfed through it.

Levin asks, what's this utopian strength that either allures a loose humans and destroys them? Levin digs deep into the prior and attracts astoundingly proper parallels to modern the United States from Plato’s Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, in addition to from the severe works of John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, Alexis de Tocqueville, and different philosophical pioneers who brilliantly clinically determined the character of guy and executive. As Levin meticulously pursues his topic, the reader joins him in an enlightening and compelling trip. And after all, Levin’s message is apparent: the yank republic is in nice peril. the folk needs to now make a choice from utopianism or liberty.

President Ronald Reagan warned, “freedom is rarely a couple of iteration clear of extinction.” Levin has the same opinion, and with Ameritopia, can provide one other glossy political vintage, an critical consultant for the US in our time and sooner or later.

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Download E-books Behind A Veil of Ignorance?: Power and Uncertainty in Constitutional Design (Studies in Public Choice, Volume 32) PDF

This quantity is a really attention-grabbing learn undertaking that incorporates the main cautious paintings on constitutional strength and boundaries to authority of which i'm acutely aware. normally, the members locate that constitutional negotiations in general came about in settings the place uncertainty was once enormous. additionally they locate that the extra distinct the characterization of strength relationships, the extra liberal and sturdy the democracy has a tendency to be.

This booklet addresses the problem of the influence of uncertainty in constitutional layout. To what volume do structure drafters and adopters make their judgements at the back of a veil of lack of information? extra essentially, will we infer from constitutional texts the measure of uncertainty confronted by way of structure drafters and adopters? After an advent (chapter 1), the publication proceeds in components. the 1st half (chapters 2 to four) introduces to the highbrow filiation of the undertaking and to its theoretical and methodological foundations. the second one half (chapters five to thirteen) offers 9 case reviews equipped at the comparable constitution: historic account of the making of the structure, result of the content material research of the constitutional textual content, and dialogue of particular matters raised within the research. bankruptcy 14 concludes.

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Download E-books Democracy for the Few PDF

This is often no traditional textbook on American govt. DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW is a provocative interpretation of yankee govt that you've most probably now not been uncovered to in basic college, highschool, or different collage classes, and definitely now not within the mass media. This textbook exhibits how democracy is again and again violated by way of company oligopolies, yet how renowned forces have fought again and sometimes made profits inspite of the approach. by way of targeting the connection among financial energy and political strength, discussing genuine executive practices and regulations, conspiracies, propaganda, fraud, secrecy and different ploys of presidency and politics, this ebook stands aside in its research of ways US govt works.

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Download E-books The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy (No-Nonsense Guides) PDF

By Richard Swift

Following the industrial meltdown and the triumph of Barack Obama, have the possibilities of actual democracy improved?

In this up-to-date variation of The No-Nonsense advisor to Democracy, Richard quick explores how democracy has been constricted and deformed by way of monetary energy agents and a self-serving political category from Birmingham to Bangalore. He considers the several instruments humans in strength have used to control democratic rules, resembling freedom, to their advantage.

The e-book comprises chapter-length discussions of subject matters akin to the industrial meltdown, Barack Obama, eco-democracy, democratizing the financial system, and democracy within the worldwide south. it's also a consultant to the wealthy variety of varieties of elected govt, and it comprises functional rules for empowering present day electorate round the world.

Richard Swift used to be co-editor for the New Internationalist journal from 1984 to 2007 and lives in Toronto. He has written and broadcast on questions of ecology and democracy for plenty of years.

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Download E-books Curriculum on the Edge of Survival: How Schools Fail to Prepare Students for Membership in a Democracy PDF

Typically, institution curriculum has been considered during the lens of training for the place of work or larger schooling, either invaluable goals. despite the fact that, this isn't the single lens, and maybe now not even the main strong one to exploit, if the target is to optimize the academic system. Curriculum at the fringe of Survival, 2d Edition, makes an attempt to outline simple facets of the curriculum whilst considered during the greater lens of a faculty because the relevant device wherein we keep a good democracy. if that's the case, the aim of schooling is to arrange our scholars to take their rightful position as lively contributors of a democracy. This goal is bigger than place of work or university readiness, and actually subsumes them. the second one variation of Curriculum at the fringe of Survival posits 4 significant beginning issues for schooling below the aim of getting ready scholars for useful club in a democracy: kindness, pondering, challenge fixing, and communications. those 4 foundational parts could be taught in each type, at each point, on a daily basis. They shape the spine of an excellent academic system.

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Download E-books Requiem for Modern Politics: The Tragedy of the Enlightenment and the Challenge of the New Millennium PDF

By William Ophuls

This long-promised sequel to Ophuls’ influential and arguable vintage Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity is an both provocative critique of the liberal philosophy of presidency. Ophuls contends that the trendy political paradigm—that is, the physique of political suggestions and ideology bequeathed to us via the Enlightenment—is not intellectually tenable or virtually possible. Our try and dwell individualistically, hedonistically, and rationally has failed totally, inflicting a accomplished drawback that's right now political, army, financial, ecological, moral, mental, and non secular. Liberal politics has deserted advantage, rejected group, and flouted nature, thereby changing into the writer of its personal demise.By exposing the intrinsically contradictory and self-destructive personality of Hobbesian political structures, Ophuls subverts our traditional knowledge at each flip. certainly, his impassioned textual content reads extra like a Greek tragedy than like a traditional political argument. He evaluations feminism, multiculturalism, the welfare nation, and a bunch of alternative “liberal” shibboleths—but Ophuls isn't really one other reactionary neoconservative. the purpose of his thesis is much extra radical and innovative, supplying a political imaginative and prescient that fullyyt transcends the kinds of liberal notion. His is a Thoreauvian imaginative and prescient of a “politics of recognition” rooted in ecology because the ethical and highbrow foundation for governance within the twenty-first century. Ophuls holds polity in keeping with a renewed erotic reference to nature bargains a real approach to this predicament of latest civilization and basically inside of this sort of polity will it's attainable to satisfy the precious liberal aim of person self-development.Ophuls’ paintings will curiosity and problem a large spectrum of readers, notwithstanding it is going to now not unavoidably be good loved or simply approved. not anyone will placed down this booklet together with his or her settled convictions approximately Western tradition intact, nor will readers ever back take sleek civilization and its survival for granted.

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Download E-books Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance (City Lights Open Media) PDF

By Heidi Boghosian

"Everyone folks is below the omniscient magnifying glass of the govt. and company spies. . . . How will we reply to this smog of surveillance? begin via studying Spying on Democracy: govt Surveillance, company strength, and Public Resistance through Heidi Boghosian"--Bill Moyers

"With ex-CIA staffer Edward Snowden’s leaks approximately nationwide safeguard service provider surveillance within the headlines, Heidi Boghosian’s Spying on Democracy: govt Surveillance, company energy, and Public Resistance feels particularly well timed. Boghosian finds how the govt acquires info from telecommunications businesses and different firms to create databases approximately 'persons of interest.'” -- Publishers Weekly

"Heidi Boghosian's Spying on Democracy is the reply to the query, 'if you are not doing something mistaken, why if you happen to care if a persons looking at you?'"—Michael German, Senior coverage advice, ACLU and previous FBI agent

Until the watershed leak of top-secret files by way of Edward Snowden to the Guardian UK and the Washington Post, so much americans didn't detect the level to which our executive is actively buying own info from telecommunications businesses and different enterprises. As made startlingly transparent, the nationwide defense employer (NSA) has gathered info on each cell name americans have remodeled the earlier seven years. In that very same time, the NSA and the FBI have received the facility to entry emails, images, audio and video chats, and extra content material from Google, fb, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Skype, Apple, and others, allegedly with a view to song international targets.

In Spying on Democracy, nationwide legal professionals Guild government Director Heidi Boghosian records the tense bring up in surveillance of normal electorate and the chance it poses to our privateness, our civil liberties, and to the way forward for democracy itself. Boghosian unearths how expertise is getting used to categorize and computer screen humans in keeping with their institutions, their hobbies, their purchases, and their perceived political views. She indicates how agencies and govt intelligence organisations mine info from assets as varied as surveillance cameras and unmanned drones to iris scans and scientific documents, whereas combing web content, e mail, mobilephone files and social media for resale to 3rd events, together with U.S. intelligence agencies.

The ACLU's Michael German says of the examples proven in Boghosian's booklet, "this unrestrained spying is unavoidably used to suppress the main crucial instruments of democracy: the clicking, political activists, civil rights advocates and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on company malfeasance and executive abuse." Boghosian provides, “If the craze is authorized to proceed, we'll quickly stay in a society the place not anything is exclusive, no info is actually safe, and our civil liberties are below consistent surveillance and control.” Spying on Democracy is a well timed, priceless, and available primer for an individual inquisitive about conserving privateness, freedom, and the U.S. Constitution.

Heidi Boghosian is the administrative Director of the nationwide legal professionals Guild. She co-hosts Law and Disorder, broadcast on WBAI-FM in big apple and over 40 stations national. She relies in ny City.

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Download E-books Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom PDF

By Irshad Manji

The New York Times bestselling writer to whom Oprah gave her first ever “Chutzpah” Award, Irshad Manji writes a bridge-building publication that's either a stirring mirrored image and a route to action.

In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a course for Muslims and non-Muslims to go beyond the fears that cease such a lot of people from dwelling with honest-to- God integrity: the phobia of offending others in a multicultural international in addition to the phobia of wondering our personal groups. in view that publishing her overseas bestseller, The difficulty with Islam at the present time, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She exhibits how any people can reconcile religion with freedom and hence observe the Allah of liberty and love—the common God that loves us adequate to offer us offerings and the capability to lead them to.

Among the main seen Muslim reformers of our period, Manji attracts on her adventure within the trenches to percentage tales which are deeply poignant, usually humorous and constantly revealing approximately those morally stressed instances. What prevents younger Muslims, even within the West, from expressing their desire for spiritual reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims approximately overtly assisting liberal voices inside Islam? How did we get into the mess of enduring insupportable customs, akin to honor killings, and the way will we switch that noxious established order? How can humans ditch dogma whereas preserving religion? specially, how can each one folks embark on a private trip towards ethical courage—the willingness to talk up while each person else desires to close you up?

Allah, Liberty and Love is the final word advisor to changing into a gutsy international citizen. Irshad Manji believes profoundly not only in Allah, but additionally in her fellow humans.

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Download E-books The Rights Revolution (CBC Massey Lecture) PDF

By Michael Ignatieff

Since the proclamation of the common statement of Human Rights in 1948, human rights became the dominant language of the general public reliable around the world. Nowhere is that this extra obvious than in Canada. The long-standing fights for aboriginal rights, the linguistic history of French-speaking Canadians, and same-sex marriage have urged the rustic right into a full-blown “rights revolution” — person who is being watched rigorously all over the world. Are workforce rights jeopardizing person rights? whilst every body asserts his or her rights, what occurs to collective accountability? Can households continue to exist and prosper while each one member has rights? Is rights language empowering participants whereas weakening neighborhood? those essays, taken from Michael Ignatieff's recognized Massey Lectures, addresses those questions and extra, arguing passionately for the Canadian method of rights that emphasizes deliberation instead of war of words, compromise instead of violence. In a brand new afterword, the writer explores Canada’s political achievements and precise stance on rights, and provides penetrating remark on newer global events.

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Download E-books The Myth of Digital Democracy PDF

Is the web democratizing American politics? Do political websites and blogs mobilize inactive voters and make the general public sphere extra inclusive? The delusion of electronic Democracy unearths that, opposite to renowned trust, the web has performed little to increase political discourse yet actually empowers a small set of elites--some new, yet so much familiar.

Matthew Hindman argues that, even though thousands of american citizens weblog approximately politics, blogs obtain just a miniscule part of internet site visitors, and so much web publication readership is going to a handful of mainstream, hugely trained pros. He indicates how, regardless of the wealth of self sufficient websites, on-line information audiences are targeting the head twenty retailers, and on-line organizing and fund-raising are ruled by means of a couple of robust curiosity teams. Hindman tracks approximately 3 million web content, interpreting how their hyperlinks are established, how voters look for political content material, and the way top serps! funnel site visitors to renowned retailers. He reveals that whereas the net has elevated a few different types of political participation and remodeled the best way curiosity teams and applicants manage, mobilize, and lift money, elites nonetheless strongly form how political fabric on the net is gifted and accessed.

The fable of electronic Democracy. debunks well known notions approximately political discourse within the electronic age, revealing how the net has neither reduced the viewers percentage of company media nor given higher voice to bland citizens.

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