Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution by Matt K. Lewis

By Matt K. Lewis

From a number one voice between younger conservatives, an impassioned argument that to stick proper the Republican celebration needs to glance past momentary electoral earnings and re-commit to old conservative values.

In 1963 Richard Hofstadter released his landmark booklet Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. at the present time, Matt Lewis argues, America's inclination towards simplicity and stupidity is superior than ever, and its maximum sufferer is the Republican social gathering. Lewis, a revered conservative columnist and common visitor on MSNBC's Morning Joe, eviscerates the phenomenon of applicants with a "no event required" mentality and tea social gathering "patriots" who own bluster yet few center ideals.

Lewis strains the conservative movement's roots, from Edmund Burke to William F. Buckley, and from Goldwater's loss to Reagan's landslide victory. He highlights visionary thinkers who understood nuance and deep ideology and altered the process the state. As we technique the 2016 presidential election, Lewis has an pressing message for fellow conservatives: embody knowledge, humility, skills, and inclusion--or face extinction.

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Banking on Death: Or, Investing in Life: The History and by Robin Blackburn

By Robin Blackburn

The onset of globalization and the getting older of populations have inspired efforts to denationalise the investment of retirement, placing in danger public pensions in lots of nations and giving pension and assurance cash nice monetary strength. deepest money take pleasure in important public subsidy, within the form of significant tax breaks, but usually fail to provide their policyholders a say, or join wider social ambitions. Banking on Death lines the heritage of pension provision around the complicated capitalist international. It concludes that tax concessions will be restricted to these money which adhere to socially dedicated and sustainable funding courses, ideally on a not-for-profit foundation. Blackburn deals a lucid survey of the debates at the way forward for social defense within the usa and the struggles over pension provision in Britain , France and Germany. instantly radical and lifelike his research exhibits how grey capitalism should be reworked in pursuit of innovative pursuits.

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Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in by Kevin Lewis O'Neill

By Kevin Lewis O'Neill

"I’m no longer perfect," Mateo confessed. "Nobody is. yet I try." safe the Soul shuttles among the lifetime of Mateo, a born-again ex-gang member in Guatemala and the crowd prevention courses that paintings so tough to maintain him alive. alongside the way in which, this poignantly written ethnography uncovers the Christian underpinnings of primary American protection. within the streets of Guatemala City—amid indignant lynch mobs, overcrowded prisons, and paramilitary dying squads—millions of greenbacks empower church missions, faith-based courses, and possible secular protection tasks to avoid gang violence during the perform of Christian piety. With Guatemala more and more outlined through either God and gangs, safe the Soul information an rising technique of geopolitical importance: neighborhood safeguard when it comes to strong Christian residing.

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Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama by Eric Alterman

By Eric Alterman

During this agenda-setting essay, journalist and historian Eric Alterman explains what's fairly taking place with the Obama presidency. whereas Obama's many compromises have upset liberals, Alterman argues that those concessions are principally as a result of a political method that's rigged opposed to innovative swap. those structural impediments to democracy have made the protecting of Obama's crusade offers all yet impossible.
Brilliantly mixing incisive political research with a transparent schedule for swap, Kabuki Democracy cuts in the course of the clichés of conservative propaganda and lazy mainstream media research to illustrate that actual "change" will come to the USA basically while humans care sufficient to problem the procedure.

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The Poetics of Consent: Collective Decision Making and the by David F. Elmer

By David F. Elmer

The Poetics of Consent breaks new floor in Homeric reviews via reading the Iliad’s depictions of political motion when it comes to the poetic forces that formed the Iliad itself. Arguing that consensus is a significant subject matter of the epic, David Elmer analyzes intimately scenes within which the poem’s 3 political communities—Achaeans, Trojans, and Olympian gods—engage within the technique of collective choice making.

These scenes replicate an know-how of the negotiation curious about reconciling rival types of the Iliad over centuries. in addition they element past the Iliad’s global of gods and heroes to the here-and-now of the poem’s functionality and reception, within which the consensus over the form and which means of the Iliadic culture is consistently evolving.

Elmer synthesizes principles and techniques from literary and political concept, classical philology, anthropology, and folklore reviews to build an alternative choice to traditional understandings of the Iliad’s politics. The Poetics of Consent unearths the ways that consensus and collective determination making decided the authoritative account of the Trojan struggle that we all know because the Iliad.

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The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist by Arthur Goldwag

By Arthur Goldwag

From “Birthers” who declare that Barack Obama used to be no longer born within the usa to counter-jihadists who think that the structure is in drawing close threat of being changed with Sharia legislation, conspiratorial ideals became an more and more universal characteristic of our public discourse. during this deeply researched, attention-grabbing exploration of the guidelines and rhetoric that experience lively severe, as a rule right-wing hobbies all through American background, Arthur Goldwag finds the aggravating development of fear-mongering and demagoguery that runs during the American grain.
 
The New Hate takes readers on a shocking, usually stunning, occasionally bizarrely a laugh journey during the swamps of nativism, racism, and paranoid speculations approximately funds that experience lengthy thrived at the American fringe. Goldwag exhibits us the parallels among the hysteria in regards to the Illuminati that wracked the hot American Republic within the 1790s and the McCarthyism that roiled the Fifties, and he discusses the similarities among the anti–New Deal forces of the Thirties and the Tea celebration circulation at the present time. He strains Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism and the toilet Birch Society’s “Insiders” again to the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and he relates white supremacist nightmares approximately racial pollutants to nineteenth-century fears of papal plots.
 
“The so much salient characteristic of what i've got come to name the hot Hate,” Goldwag writes, “is its sameness throughout time and area. the main miserable factor concerning the demagogues who tirelessly take advantage of it—in pamphlets and books and partisan newspapers centuries in the past, on websites, digital social networks, and twenty-four-hour cable information today—is how a lot alike all of them prove to be.”

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Our Broad Present: Time and Contemporary Culture by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

By Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Contemplating quite a number present-day phenomena, from the immediacy results of literature to the influence of hypercommunication, globalization, and activities, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht notes a tremendous shift in our dating to historical past and the passage of time. even though we proceed to exploit recommendations inherited from a "historicist" point of view, a idea of time articulated within the eighteenth and 19th centuries, the particular building of time within which we are living in this present day, which shapes our perceptions, studies, and activities, isn't any longer historicist. with out absolutely knowing it, we now inhabit a brand new, unnamed house within which the "closed future" and "ever-available past" (a previous we've not controlled to go away at the back of) converge to supply an "ever-broadening current of simultaneities."

This profound switch to a key measurement of our lifestyles has advanced results for how within which we expect approximately ourselves and our relation to the fabric global. whilst, the ubiquity of electronic media has eradicated our tactile experience of actual area, changing our conception of our global. Gumbrecht attracts on his mastery of the philosophy of language to complement his daily observations, touring to Disneyland, a small city in Louisiana, and the heart of Vienna to supply impressive sketches of our wide presence on the planet.

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The Passions and the Interests: Political arguments for by Albert O. Hischman

By Albert O. Hischman

During this quantity, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the highbrow weather of the 17th and eighteenth centuries to light up the complicated ideological transformation that happened, in which the pursuit of fabric pursuits --so lengthy condemned because the lethal sin of avarice --was assigned the position of containing the unruly and harmful passions of guy. Hirschman the following bargains a brand new interpretation for the increase of capitalism, one who emphasizes the continuities among previous and new, not like the idea of a pointy holiday that could be a universal characteristic of either Marxian and Weberian pondering. one of the insights provided here's the ironical discovering that capitalism used to be initially alleged to accomplish precisely what was once quickly denounced as its worst function: the repression of the passions in desire of the "harmless," if one-dimensional, pursuits of business existence. To painting this long ideological swap as an endogenous technique, Hirschman attracts at the writings of a big variety of thinkers, together with Montesquieu, Sir James Steuart, and Adam Smith.

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It's Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment by Pete Dolack

By Pete Dolack

The trail to a greater global can’t be discovered with out wisdom of heritage. It’s now not Over analyzes makes an attempt to supplant capitalism long ago in an effort to draw classes for rising and destiny routine that search to beat the political and fiscal crises of this day. This background is gifted in the course of the phrases and activities of the boys and girls who made those revolutions, and the standard reports of the hundreds of thousands of people that positioned new progressive principles into perform below the pressures of large inner and exterior forces. this can be background that may be utilized to today’s struggles to form our international, during which new rules are rising to result in the commercial democracy that's vital to a rational and sustainable future.

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“As chilly battle taboos on sincere discussions of capitalism and socialism lose their strength, vital books like this are rising. They ask why capitalism retains frightening hobbies to head past it, why they've got no longer but accomplished that objective, and what we needs to examine from them so the subsequent efforts end up more beneficial. Dolack the following contributes to the very important rising answers.” —Richard Wolff, writer of Democracy at paintings: A treatment for Capitalism and host of the commercial replace radio program

“There is a brilliant volume of information to be received from this formidable paintings that takes us from the Paris Commune to the Sandinista revolution. It’s now not Over sifts via greater than a century of innovative heritage many times looking the teachings to be drawn from it for the development of a non-capitalist international. the result's unique and important ebook that are supposed to now not be missed.” —Silvia Federici, writer of Caliban and the Witch: girls, The physique and Primitive Accumulation and co-founder of the overseas Feminist Collective

“Over 20 years following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, this booklet offers a well timed and finished appraisal of its inner and geopolitical contradictions and a grounded normal schematic for workers’ routine to be able to shape and construct new socialist states within the close to destiny. Dolack cogently acknowledges the magnificent advances of socialism in enhancing the standard of lifestyles between employees and peasants. the teachings of It’s no longer Over aspect to the basic value of employee keep watch over in organizing a sustainable and equitable method of social exchange.” —Immanuel Ness, urban college of latest York and writer of Southern Insurgency: the arrival of the worldwide operating Class

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