Nuestra tragedia persistente

Author: Lorenzo Meyer
Publisher: Debate
ISBN: 6073116586
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Esta obra se propone explorar algunas de las razones por las cuales, en el tránsito de un siglo a otro, no ha cristalizado el gran potencial de cambio en las estructuras de poder en México. Y es que lo que sustituyó al arraigado autoritarismo priísta no fue precisamente una democracia... Nuestra tragedia persistente es una obra indispensable del reconocido especialista Lorenzo Meyer para comprender el rompecabezas de la política mexicana. Lo que sustituyó al arraigado autoritarismo priista no fue precisamente una democracia, sino un sistema mixto de dos conceptos contradictorios: autoritarismo y democracia. Desde el inicio de nuestra historia como nación independiente, la agenda de la transformación democrática ha estado cargada de problemas tan complejos como urgentes de resolver. Los obstáculos para llevar a cabo los cambios necesarios han resultado formidables. Entre ellos destacan los interesescreados y una cultura política en la que dominan fuertes rasgos conservadores: ambos han jugado una y otra vez a favor de la contención del cambio. Esta obra se propone explorar algunas de las razones por las cuales, en el tránsito de un siglo a otro, no ha cristalizado el gran potencial de cambio en las estructuras de poder en México. Y es que lo que sustituyó al arraigado autoritarismo priista no fue precisamente una democracia sin adjetivos, sino un sistema mixto, algo que contiene elementos propios de dos conceptos contradictorios: autoritarismo y democracia. En suma, a partir de una serie de reflexiones de gran alcance, en este libro Lorenzo Meyer invita al lector interesado a adentrarse en los grandes dilemas políticos de nuestro tiempo, así como a tomar decisiones cruciales como ciudadano. "No podía ser más oportuna la publicación de Nuestra tragedia persistente: la democracia autoritaria en México. La radiografía de la clase política y de la fallida transición, de la falsa democracia en que vivimos, es certera, despiadada, contundente y bien fundamentada. El profesor Meyer se reconfirma como uno de los más lúcidos analistas de la realidad nacional". Pedro Salmerón, La Jornada

Rules for Radicals

Author: Saul Alinsky
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307756893
Format: PDF, Mobi
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First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The United States and Mexico

Author: Josefina Zoraida Vazquez
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226852058
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Josefina Zoraida Vazquez and Lorenzo Meyer recreate, from a distinctly Mexican perspective, the dramatic story of how one country's politics, economy, and culture have been influenced by its neighbor. Throughout, the authors emphasize the predominance of the United States, the defensive position of Mexico, and the impact of the United States on internal Mexican developments.

Democracy in Latin America

Author: Ignacio Walker
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
ISBN: 026809666X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In 2009, Ignacio Walker—scholar, politician, and one of Latin America’s leading public intellectuals—published La Democracia en America Latina. Now available in English, with a new prologue, and significantly revised and updated for an English-speaking audience, Democracy in Latin America: Between Hope and Despair contributes to the necessary and urgent task of exploring both the possibilities and difficulties of establishing a stable democracy in Latin America. Walker argues that, throughout the past century, Latin American history has been marked by the search for responses or alternatives to the crisis of oligarchic rule and the struggle to replace the oligarchic order with a democratic one. After reviewing some of the principal theories of democracy based on an analysis of the interactions of political, economic, and social factors, Walker maintains that it is primarily the actors, institutions, and public policies—not structural determinants—that create progress or regression in Latin American democracy.

Mexico and the United States in the Oil Controversy 1917 1942

Author: Lorenzo Meyer
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477301011
Format: PDF, Mobi
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From reviews of the Spanish edition: “Meyer’s perceptive commentary on Mexican power politics presents new insights into the petroleum lobbies in Mexico City and Washington. With unbiased empathy he shows the validity of Mexico’s complaints about foreigners’ deriving an overabundance of profit from a nonrenewable natural resource. He understands United States history and never abuses his license to criticize.” —Hispanic American Historical Review “This useful addition to the literature on twentieth-century Mexican–United States diplomatic relations is a scholarly work, worthy of consideration by all students of the subject.”—American Historical Review Mexico and the United States in the Oil Controversy, 1917–1942 explores the relationship between the United States and Mexico during the first half of the twentieth century, with special attention to the Mexican nationalization of the oil industry. Relying on Mexican archival material never before analyzed, the author presents a unique perspective on the period following the Mexican Revolution and Mexico’s efforts to diminish its economic dependency on the United States. This work not only describes the political and economic struggle between the Mexican government and the U.S. oil companies but also serves to illustrate in general the nature of dependency between Latin American countries and the United States. It will be of interest not only to Mexican specialists but also to diplomatic and economic historians.

The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

Author: Oscar Wilde
ISBN: 9781540836175
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. The magazine's editor feared the story was indecent, and without Wilde's knowledge, deleted roughly five hundred words before publication. Despite that censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers, some of whom said that Oscar Wilde merited prosecution for violating the laws guarding the public morality. In response, Wilde aggressively defended his novel and art in correspondence with the British press, although he personally made excisions of some of the most controversial material when revising and lengthening the story for book publication the following year.

The Human Condition

Author: Hannah Arendt
Publisher: Rob Shepherd
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The past year has seen a resurgence of interest in the political thinker Hannah Arendt, “the theorist of beginnings,” whose work probes the logics underlying unexpected transformations—from totalitarianism to revolution. A work of striking originality, The Human Condition is in many respects more relevant now than when it first appeared in 1958. In her study of the state of modern humanity, Hannah Arendt considers humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable. The problems Arendt identified then—diminishing human agency and political freedom, the paradox that as human powers increase through technological and humanistic inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions—continue to confront us today. This new edition, published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of its original publication, contains Margaret Canovan’s 1998 introduction and a new foreword by Danielle Allen. A classic in political and social theory, The Human Condition is a work that has proved both timeless and perpetually timely.

Communication Power

Author: Manuel Castells
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199681937
Format: PDF
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Drawing on a wide range of social and psychological theories, Castells presents original research on political processes and social movements. He applies this analysis to numerous recent events - the misinformation of the American public on the Iraq War,the global environmental movement to preventclimate change, the control of information in China and Russia, Barak Obama's internet-based presidential campaigns, and (in this new edition) responses to recent political and economic crises such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. On the basis of these case studies he proposes a newtheory of power in the information age based on the management of communication networks.