Category: Politics

Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet

By Linda Herrera

Egypt's January 25 revolution used to be prompted via a fb web page and performed out either in digital areas and the streets. Social media serves as an area of liberation, however it additionally services as an enviornment the place competing forces vie over the minds of the younger as they conflict over principles as very important because the nature of freedom and where of the emerging iteration within the political order. This publication offers piercing insights into the continuing struggles among humans and gear within the electronic age.

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La mort de l'élite progressiste

By Chris Hedge, Nicolas Calvé

De plus en plus puissant, l’État-entreprise n’a même plus à répondre à ses détracteurs progressistes. Les médias, les syndicats, les universités, les artistes et le Parti démocrate se sont tous inclinés devant l. a. grande entreprise et, bardés de leur prétendue neutralité, défendent désormais les intérêts de celle-ci dans une consternante pantomime de démocratie. L’élite progressiste américaine, détachée du monde, dépourvue de toute crédibilité, a déserté l. a. tribune politique, cédant l. a. position au populisme d’extrême droite. À los angeles fois récit du naufrage volontaire du contre-pouvoir, depuis los angeles Première Guerre mondiale jusqu’à l’invasion de l’Irak, et constat d’un alarmant vide idéologique, ce livre salue aussi les révoltés, libres parias, qui power à épuiser le champ du attainable.

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Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance

By Arvind Subramanian

By way of such a lot money owed, China has speedy grown into the second one biggest financial system on the planet. during this debatable new publication, Subramanian argues that China has already turn into the main economically dominant state on this planet by way of wealth, alternate and finance. Its dominance and eclipsing folks worldwide fiscal energy is extra drawing close, extra broad-based and bigger in importance than someone has expected. Subramanian compares the commercial dominance of China with that of the 2 earlier financial superpowers, the USA and the uk, and highlights similarities and ameliorations. One corollary is that the basics are robust for the chinese language forex to exchange the buck because the world's reserve foreign money. the ultimate bankruptcy forecasts how the foreign economy is probably going to adapt because of chinese language dominance.

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Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

By Thomas Frank

A New York instances e-book Review Editors' Choice

From the bestselling writer of What's the problem with Kansas?, this witty and hugely provocative e-book asks an easy query: How is it attainable that the disastrous cave in of the loose marketplace economic climate in 2008 may have heralded a favored revival―of the right?

In Pity the Billionaire, an excellent, humorous, and aggravating travel de strength, Thomas Frank analyzes the sleight of hand concerned about the right's resurgence―all the upside-down grievances that experience reworked financial ache into valentines for the wealthy and robust. This nice chronicler of yank paradox dissects the contradictions on the middle of the country's politics, and during this "dazzling" e-book once more indicates himself as "one of the easiest left-wing writers the USA has produced" (The Guardian).

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Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America

By Eugene Robinson

“There was once a time while there have been agreed-upon 'black leaders,' whilst there has been a transparent 'black agenda,' after we may speak optimistically approximately 'the country of black America'—but no longer anymore.” —from Disintegration

The African American inhabitants within the usa has consistently been visible as a unmarried entity: a “Black the United States” with unified pursuits and wishes. In his groundbreaking ebook, Disintegration, Pulitzer-Prize profitable columnist Eugene Robinson argues that over many years of desegregation, affirmative motion, and immigration, the idea that of Black the USA has shattered. rather than one black the United States, now there are four:

• a Mainstream middle-class majority with an entire possession stake in American society;

• a wide, deserted minority with much less desire of escaping poverty and disorder than at any time considering Reconstruction’s crushing finish;

• a small Transcendent elite with such huge, immense wealth, strength, and impact that even white fogeys need to genuflect;

• and newly Emergent groups—individuals of mixed-race historical past and groups of modern black immigrants—that make us ask yourself what “black” is even imagined to mean.

Robinson exhibits that the 4 black Americas are more and more unique, separated by means of demography, geography, and psychology. they've got diversified profiles, diversified mindsets, various hopes, fears, and desires. What’s extra, those teams became so targeted that they view one another with distrust and apprehension. And but all are reluctant to recognize department.

deals a brand new paradigm for realizing race in the United States, with implications either hopeful and dispiriting. It shines precious mild on debates approximately affirmative motion, racial identification, and the final word query of no matter if the black neighborhood will suffer.

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Red Tory: How the Left and Right Have Broken Britain and How We Can Fix It

By Phillip Blond

Traditional politics is at crossroads. Amid recession, melancholy, poverty, expanding violence and emerging inequality, our present politics is exhausted and insufficient. In "Red Tory", Phillip Blond argues that just a radical new political cost can take on the issues we are facing. purple Toryism combines monetary egalitarianism with social conservatism, calling for an finish to the monopolisation of society and the personal sphere via the kingdom and the industry. Decrying the legacy of either the Labour and Conservative events, Blond proposes a really innovative Conservatism that may fix social equality and revive British tradition. He demands the strengthening of neighborhood groups and economies, finishing dispossession, redistribution of the tax burden and recovery the extended family. "Red Tory" bargains a unique imaginative and prescient for our destiny and asks us to query our long-held political assumptions. No political philosopher has aroused extra passionate debate in recent years. Phillip Blond's rules have already been praised or attacked in each significant British newspaper and magazine. difficult, stimulating and exhilarating, it is a booklet for our instances.

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Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era

"[W]e cannot come off as a number of indignant white men.”
Robert Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party

One of the long-lasting legacies of the 2012 Presidential crusade was once the death of the white American male voter as a dominant strength within the political panorama. On election evening, after Obama was once introduced the winner, a distressed invoice O’Reilly lamented that he didn’t stay in “a conventional the United States anymore.” He was once joined by way of others who bellowed their grief at the speak radio airwaves, the normal redoubt of indignant white males. Why have been they so indignant? Sociologist Michael Kimmel, one of many best writers on males and masculinity on the earth at the present time, has spent hundreds and hundreds of hours within the corporation of America’s indignant white males – from white supremacists to men's rights activists to younger scholars –in pursuit of a solution. Angry White Men offers a entire prognosis in their fears, anxieties, and rage.

Kimmel locates this elevate in anger within the seismic financial, social and political shifts that experience so remodeled the yankee panorama. Downward mobility, elevated racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an anachronistic ideology of masculinity has left many males feeling betrayed and bewildered. Raised to anticipate unheard of social and fiscal privilege, white males are discomfort this present day from what Kimmel calls "aggrieved entitlement": a feeling that these merits that white males believed have been their due were snatched clear of them.

Angry White Men discusses, between others, the sons of small city the US, scarred via underemployment and salary stagnation. whilst America’s white males consider they’ve lived their lives the ‘right’ means – labored not easy and stayed out of difficulty – and nonetheless don't get financial rewards, then they need to blame someone else. much more terrifying is the phenomenon of offended younger boys. institution shootings within the usa are usually not simply the paintings of “misguided early life” or “troubled teens”—they’re all devoted by means of boys. those alienated younger males are reworked into mass murderers through a feeling that utilizing violence opposed to others is their right.

The way forward for the USA is extra inclusive and numerous. the alternative for indignant white males isn't whether they can stem the tide of historical past: they can not. Their selection is whether they are going to be dragged kicking and screaming into that inevitable destiny, or whether or not they will stroll overtly and honorably – a ways happier and more fit by the way – along these they’ve spent goodbye attempting to exclude.

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The Nixon Tapes: 1973

By Douglas Brinkley, Luke Nichter

The blueprint for Nixon’s downfall, in response to tapes published from 2010 to 2013, so much of that have by no means been released. whilst The Nixon Tapes: 1971–72 was once released in August of 2014, it jumped instantly onto the big apple occasions bestseller record & captivated media awareness for its many revelations. Brinkley & Nichter’s heroic efforts to transcribe & annotate the highlights of over 3700 hours of recorded conversations supplied an extraordinary window into the internal workings of a momentous presidency. Now, with a concluding quantity to hide the ultimate yr of the Nixon taping method, they inform the remainder of the story—once back with revelations on each web page, together with: how Nixon & Kissinger knew privately that the 1/73 Vietnam peace contract wouldn't carry, how Nixon & Kissinger expected the Yom Kippur conflict, Nixon’s risk to ship a “division” of tanks to kill local americans on the Wounded Knee standoff & more...

With Nixon’s dominating 1972 reelection receding into the history & the Watergate scandal looming, The Nixon Tapes: 1973 finds the interior tale of the tragedy that the triumph.

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The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century (Updated and Expanded)

"Paul Krugman is a hero of mine. learn his book."—Al Franken

nobody has extra authority to name the photographs the best way they are surely than award-winning economist Paul Krugman, whose provocative New York Times columns are keenly through thousands. one of many world's most dear economists, Krugman has been named America's most crucial columnist through the Washington Monthly and columnist of the yr by means of Editor and Publisher magazine.

an important bestseller, this influential and wide-ranging e-book has been praised by way of BusinessWeek as Krugman's "most provocative and compelling attempt yet," the New York evaluation of Books as "refreshing," and Library magazine as "thought-provoking...even funny." The American Prospect positioned it in shiny phrases: "In a time whilst too few inform it love it is...[Krugman] has taken at the conflict of our time."

outfitted from Paul Krugman's influential Op-Ed columns for the New York Times, this e-book galvanized the studying public. With wit, ardour, and a different skill to provide an explanation for complicated matters in undeniable English, Krugman describes how the state has been misled by means of a unethical administration.

during this long-awaited paintings containing Krugman's such a lot influential columns in addition to new statement, he chronicles how the growth financial system unraveled: how exuberance gave method to pessimism, how the age of company heroes gave method to company scandals, how economic accountability collapsed. From his account of the key background of the California strength hindrance to his devastating dissections of dishonesty within the Bush management, from the conflict in Iraq to the looting of California to the fake pretenses used to promote an fiscal coverage that merits just a small elite, Krugman tells the uncomfortable fact like not anyone else. And he offers us the line map we'll have to stick with if we're to get the rustic again on track.

The paperback version incorporates a new creation in addition to new writings.

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Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics

By Glenn Greenwald

Healthcare professional GENERAL’S WARNING:
Falling for the Marlboro guy advertising and marketing and sleazy takedown strategies of the Republican celebration will be detrimental to the future health of this nation!

Ever because the cowboy photograph of Ronald Reagan was once offered to american citizens, the Republican get together has used an analogous John Wayne imagery to aid its applicants and take elections. we know how they govern, however the right-wing propaganda laptop is particularly adept at hijacking debate and advertising their applicants as successfully because the Marlboro guy.

For instance:

Myth: The Republican nominee is an upstanding, average man who stocks the values of the typical man.
Reality: He divorced his first spouse that allows you to marry a tender multimillionaire heiress whose kin then funded his political occupation.

Myth: Republicans are powerful on safeguard and may hold us safe.
Reality: They prey on fears, and their unending wars make the USA some distance much less secure.

Myth: Republicans are the social gathering of financial restraint and small, restricted government.
Reality: hovering deficits, unchecked presidential energy, and an more and more invasive surveillance nation are par for his or her course.

“Intelligent, insightful.” —Daily Kos

“Glenn Greenwald has performed it again.” —Alan Colmes

“Glenn Greenwald is a treasure.” —BuzzFlash

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