Democracy Incorporated

Democracy Incorporated

Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

Book - 2008
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Democracy is struggling in America--by now this statement is almost cliché. But what if the country is no longer a democracy at all? In Democracy Incorporated , Sheldon Wolin considers the unthinkable: has America unwittingly morphed into a new and strange kind of political hybrid, one where economic and state powers are conjoined and virtually unbridled? Can the nation check its descent into what the author terms "inverted totalitarianism"?

Wolin portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive--and where elites are eager to keep them that way. At best the nation has become a "managed democracy" where the public is shepherded, not sovereign. At worst it is a place where corporate power no longer answers to state controls. Wolin makes clear that today's America is in no way morally or politically comparable to totalitarian states like Nazi Germany, yet he warns that unchecked economic power risks verging on total power and has its own unnerving pathologies. Wolin examines the myths and mythmaking that justify today's politics, the quest for an ever-expanding economy, and the perverse attractions of an endless war on terror. He argues passionately that democracy's best hope lies in citizens themselves learning anew to exercise power at the local level.

Democracy Incorporated is one of the most worrying diagnoses of America's political ills to emerge in decades. It is sure to be a lightning rod for political debate for years to come.

Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780691135663
Branch Call Number: 320.973 W834d 2008
Characteristics: xvii, 356 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Democracy Inc


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Nov 21, 2015

I read this much too fast the first time and will be reading, and savoring it, much more slowly this time.
An excellent example of Prof. Wolin's // inverted totalitarianism \\ would be the following in Washington state involving Sen. Patty Murray, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, the forced arbitration clause and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
As US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has repeatedly upheld the the so-called legality of the forced arbitration clause, which removes the right of the worker and/or consumer to the court for settling of legal issues. The corporate attorney originally responsible for this clause? John Roberts, of course. Now who confirmed John Roberts to the Supreme Court? Sen. Patty Murray, who would also vote to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Senate, and is an ardent supporter of it?
And what does the TPP do regarding the forced arbitration clause? It globalizes it with its ISDS.

Jul 27, 2015

Right-wing corporatists and christianists hate democratic government because it is of the people, by the people and for the people.
author info: . . . . . .
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“Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought” Expanded Edition
Believe "delfon" is referring to Joel Bakan. . . .

Jun 08, 2014

Prof. Wolin really explains political theater better than almsot anyone else alive. Although political theater is Tier Two, with finance and the plutocracy really occupying Tier One of societal control, it is important to understand the murky events out there! When Obama, McCain and [Hillary] Clinton were running for the presidency in 2008, their campaign staffs were made up of the same people, Wall Streeters connected to one another, and the PR people either worked for WPP, the UK-based PR/lobbyist multinational, or its subsidiary, Burson Marsteller. Inverted totalitarianism is a most apt description.


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