Hijacking America

Author: Susan George
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745658857
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George Bush leaves the White House in January 2009 and the United States goes back to “normal”, right? Wrong, argues Susan George in this fascinating, thorough and often chilling account of the decades-long transformation of American society and political culture. Using the four “Ms” – money, media, marketing, management—but above all with a keen sense of mission, the American secular and religious right has made its “long march through the institutions” and changed the way Americans think. As the left went about its business in blissful ignorance, convinced that its policies, programmes and projects spoke for themselves and would always prevail; the right’s well-oiled machine of foundations, lobbies, think-tanks, publications, political cadres, lawyers and activist organisations slowly and strategically took over. A broad alliance of neo-liberals, neo-conservatives and the religious right successfully manufactured a new common sense, assaulted Enlightenment values and targeted the top of society where culture is created and legitimized, because they knew that ideas have consequences—and not just in the United States. Hijacking America is that rarity of a book, a thoroughly researched page-turner. Clearly and gracefully written, it will enthral the general reader while providing plenty of factual nourishment for the student of politics, culture, religion or international relations. And for all those who hope for a different America in the future, the first step is to hold the present one up to the light and understand how it got that way.

Wingnuts

Author: John P. Avlon
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780984295111
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Discusses the increase of political pundits or individuals with extreme liberal and conservative ideologies, creating a state of hyper-partisanship in American politics that detrimentally affects the poltical process.

Hijacking America s Mind On 9 11

Author: Elias Davidsson
Publisher: Algora Publishing
ISBN: 0875869742
Format: PDF, ePub
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An international researcher of long date and an expert in international law and human rights, the author''s approach to the questions of 9/11 is essentially forensic. The book is narrative in style yet is highly factual and heavily annotated.

Predator Nation

Author: Charles H. Ferguson
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 0307952568
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A continuation of the documentary "No End in Sight" draws on new interviews to argue that the financial crisis occurred because of decades of deregulation that enabled the financial sector to commit industrial-scale fraud.

Billionaire Democracy

Author: George Tyler
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1944648933
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This isn’t your America. No matter who the president is. We’re told that when we vote, when we elect representatives, we’re gaining a voice in government and the policies it implements. But if that’s true, why don’t American politics actually translate our preferences into higher-living standards for the majority of us? The answer is that, in America, the wealthy few have built a system that works in their favor, while maintaining the illusion of democracy. The reality is that the quality of democracy in the United States is lower than in any other rich democracy, on a par with nations such as Brazil or Turkey. In the US, voters have little influence on eventual policy outcomes engineered by lawmakers. Political scientists call it the income bias and attribute it to the power of wealthy donors who favor wage suppression and cuts to important government programs such as public education and consumer protection. It causes American lawmakers to compete to satisfy preferences of donors from the top one percent instead of the middle class. It’s also why our economy has been misfiring for most Americans for a generation, wages stagnating and opportunity dwindling. The election of Donald Trump shocked the world, but for many Americans, it came as a stark reflection of mounting frustrations with our current system and anger at the status quo. We need to find a way to fix the way our government serves us. The only realistic pathway to improve middle-class economics is for Congress and the Supreme Court to raise the quality of American democracy. In Billionaire Democracy: The Hijacking of the American Political System, economist George R. Tyler lays out the fundamental problems plaguing our democracy. He explains how the American democratic system is rigged and how it has eroded the middle class, providing an unflinching and honest comparison of the US government to peer democracies abroad. He also breaks down where we fall short and how other rich democracies avoid the income bias created by the overwhelming role of money in US politics. Finally, Tyler outlines practical campaign finance reforms we can adopt when we finally focus on improving the political responsiveness of our government. It’s time for the people of this nation to demand a government that properly serves us, the American people.

The Skies Belong to Us

Author: Brendan I. Koerner
Publisher:
ISBN: 0307886115
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Documents the 1972 story behind the longest-distance hijacking in U.S. history, tracing the events of the hijacking against a backdrop of civil unrest and the skyjacking wave of the early 1970s.

The Way of the Shadow Wolves

Author: Steven Seagal
Publisher: 5th Palace Publishing
ISBN: 9780999497500
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Action adventure about a tribal police officer in Arizona who stumbles onto a crime involving international covert operations.

Right is Wrong

Author: Arianna Huffington
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307270203
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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With her trademark passion, intelligence, and devastating wit, Huffington Post editor in chief Arianna Huffington tackles the issues that are crucial to this year’s presidential election and, even more so, to the fate of the country. Huffington makes the case that America has been hijacked from within by a radical element—the “lunatic fringe” of the Right that has taken over the Republican Party. Despite holding views at odds with the majority of Americans, these zealots have given us an endless war in Iraq, a sputtering economy, a health care system on life support, a war on science and reason, and an immoral embrace of torture. But they haven’t done it on their own: they have been enabled by a compliant media that act as if there is no such thing as truth and are more interested in cozying up to those in power than in holding them accountable, and by feckless Democrats who have allowed themselves to be intimidated into backing down again and again. Both a withering indictment and a hopeful call to arms, Right Is Wrong is an explosive, boldly incisive work that will help set the national agenda. From the Hardcover edition.

What Went Wrong

Author: George R. Tyler
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1937856712
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A sobering assessment of the American economy argues that voter choices are behind most current problems while citing the more effective examples of other countries.