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Democracy Incorporated

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The description for this book, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, New Edition, will be forthcoming.

"Despite being written shortly before both the financial crisis and the Obama victory, the main lineaments of his analysis are still alarmingly cogent."---Tom Angier, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

Sheldon S. Wolin (1922-2015) was professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University. His books include Politics and Vision and Tocqueville between Two Worlds (both Princeton).


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. Now with a new introduction by Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Chris Hedges, Democracy Incorporated remains an essential work for understanding the state of democracy in America.

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Titre: Democracy Incorporated
Introduction par:
Code EAN: 9780691178486
ISBN: 978-0-691-17848-6
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Genre: Médias et communication
nombre de pages: 376
Poids: 466g
Taille: H25mm x B216mm x T139mm
Année: 2017
Auflage: New. Revised