The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East

By Nonie Darwish

Respected human rights activist Nonie Darwish assesses the opportunity of freedom to be successful following the hot revolutions within the heart East

The contemporary strong wave of heart East uprisings has fueled either wish and trepidation within the zone and world wide because the final fate—and fallout—of the Arab Spring proceed to hold within the stability. Born and raised as a Muslim in Egypt and now residing within the usa, Nonie Darwish brings an educated point of view to this conscientiously thought of evaluation of the capability consequence of the revolutions within the heart East. This thought-provoking ebook will upload to the continued debate on what the long run holds for the folk and the politics of the quarter and at the final compatibility of freedom and democracy within the Muslim world.

  • Takes an unflinching, in-depth examine the ramifications of the game-changing contemporary uprisings within the heart East
  • Examines the criteria that would hinder or aid freedom and democracy within the Muslim world
  • Written through a former journalist for the center East information company who has written largely at the heart East, Islam, and women's rights, and who's additionally the writer of Cruel and strange Punishment: The Terrifying Implications of Islamic Law and Now They name Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for the US, Israel, and the warfare on Terror

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Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The 'Absolute Democracy' or 'Defiled Republic'

Whereas Alexis de Tocqueville defined the USA because the 'absolute democracy' Karl Marx observed the country as a 'defiled republic' as long as it authorised the enslavement of blacks. August J. Nimtz argues that Marx, not like Tocqueville, not just famous that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression have been primary to democracy's consciousness yet used to be keen to behave on those convictions. This effective and insightful research into the ways of 2 significant thinkers offers clean perception into prior and current debates approximately race and democracy in the US.

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Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism

By Robert W Gehl

Robert Gehl's well timed critique, Reverse Engineering Social Media, conscientiously analyzes the information of social media and software program engineers, utilizing those principles to discover contradictions and fissures underneath the surfaces of modern websites reminiscent of fb, Google, and Twitter.

Gehl adeptly makes use of a mixture of software program reports, technological know-how and expertise reviews, and political economic system to bare the histories and contexts of those social media websites. taking a look backward at divisions of work and the method of person exertions, he offers case reviews that illustrate how binary "Like" purchaser offerings disguise surveillance structures that depend on clients to construct content material for webmasters who generate income promoting person facts, and that advertise a tradition of hysteria and immediacy over depth.

Reverse Engineering Social Media additionally offers methods out of this paradox, illustrating how activists, lecturers, and clients swap social media for the higher via construction choices to the dominant social media sites.

 

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Marx and Other Four-Letter Words

Karl Marx's vintage definitions of sophistication and society lower than capitalism are nonetheless general at the present time. principles corresponding to type, revolution, creation and oppression are hired throughout a extensive diversity of educational topics, attaining past politics, economics and sociology. but those options, inside of a in particular Marxist framework, usually are not constantly effortless to appreciate. This publication is a perfect scholar advent that explains, in transparent and concise chapters, definitely the right that means and implications of every of Marx's key innovations. additionally, the individuals convey how those rules remain correct, and the way they relate to fashionable society. The individuals comprise major lecturers within the box of politicial technological know-how. Outlining in actual fact what every one suggestion capability, they circulate directly to situate it inside of state of the art modern political conception. strategies comprise ancient materialism, capitalism, category, the country, imperialism, the department of labour, oppression, construction and replica, revolution, operating classification internationalism, equality and democracy.

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Why Are We at War?

By Norman Mailer

Starting together with his debut masterpiece, The bare and the lifeless, Norman Mailer has many times instructed the reality approximately battle. Why Are We at conflict? returns Mailer to the gravity of the battlefield and the grand hubris of the politicians who ship infantrymen there to die. First released within the early days of the Iraq struggle, Why Are We at struggle? is an explosive argument in regards to the American quest for empire that also consists of weight this day. Scrutinizing the Bush administration’s phrases and activities, Mailer unleashes his trademark ethical rigor: “Because democracy is noble, it really is regularly endangered. . . . to imagine blithely that we will export democracy into any nation we decide can serve sarcastically to inspire extra fascism at domestic and abroad.”
 
Praise for Why Are We at War?
 
“We’re overloaded with info nowadays, a few of it probably precise. Mailer bargains a provocative—and persuasive—cultural and highbrow frame.”Newsweek
 
“[Mailer] nonetheless has the stamina to churn out hard-hitting criticism.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Penetrating . . . There’s lots of irreverent wit and clean pondering on display.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Eloquent . . . considerate . . . Why Are We at conflict? pulls no punches.”Fort worthy Star-Telegram
 
Praise for Norman Mailer
 
“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and bigger than the other author of his generation.”The long island Times
 
“A author of the best and so much reckless talent.”The New Yorker
 
“Mailer is vital, an American treasure.”The Washington Post
 
“A devastatingly alive and unique artistic mind.”Life
 
“Mailer is fierce, brave, and reckless and approximately every little thing he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”The big apple evaluate of Books
 
“The greatest brain and mind's eye [in sleek] American literature . . . not like with reference to each American author when you consider that Henry James, Mailer has controlled to develop and develop into richer in knowledge with each one new book.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Mailer is a grasp of his craft. His language contains you thru the tale like a leaf on a stream.”The Cincinnati Post

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Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerence

By Ian Buruma

A revelatory examine what occurs while political Islam collides with the secular West

Ian Buruma 's Murder in Amsterdam is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, a booklet with the intimacy and narrative regulate of against the law novel and the analytical brilliance for which Buruma is well known. On a chilly November day in Amsterdam in 2004, the prestigious and debatable Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was once shot and killed by means of an Islamic extremist for creating a motion picture that "insulted the prophet Mohammed." The homicide despatched surprise waves throughout Europe and worldwide. almost immediately thereafter, Ian Buruma again to his place of origin to enquire the development and its higher which means as a part of the nice issue of our time.

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American Notes

By Charles Dickens, Christopher Hitchens

American Notes is the attention-grabbing go back and forth magazine of 1 of nineteenth-century America's so much celebrated viewers: Charles Dickens. a full of life chronicle of his five-month journey round the usa in 1842, the e-book documents the author's adventures touring by way of steamboat and stagecoach, in addition to his impressions of every little thing from faculties and prisons to desk manners and slavery. greater than a travelogue, it's also a major discourse at the personality and associations of a tender democracy. Dickens distrusted a lot of what he observed, and he wrote so frankly that the hot York usher in pushed aside the paintings as 'the essence of balderdash.' looking back, American Notes could be learn because the account of a annoying day trip from which Dickens emerged, either emotionally and politically, a replaced guy. With a brand new creation by way of Christopher Hitchens.

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Ruling the Void: The Hollowing-Out of Western Democracy

By Peter Mair

Within the original democracies of Western Europe, electoral turnouts are in decline, club is shrinking within the significant events, and people who stay dependable partisans are sapped of enthusiasm. Peter Mair’s new ebook weighs the influence of those adjustments, which jointly exhibit that, after a century of democratic aspiration, electorates are deserting the political area. Mair examines the alarming parallel improvement that has obvious Europe’s political elites rework themselves as a homogeneous specialist classification, taking flight into nation associations that provide relative balance in an international of fickle citizens. in the meantime, non-democratic enterprises and practices proliferate and achieve credibility—not least between them the ecu Union itself, a firm contributing to the depoliticization of the member states and one whose infamous ‘democratic deficit’ displays the planned intentions of its founders.

Ruling the Void deals an authoritative and chilling overview of the clients for well known political illustration this present day, not just within the assorted democracies of Europe yet in the course of the built international.

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The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America

By Lawrence Goodwyn

This condensed model of Lawrence Goodwyn's Democratic Promise, the highly-acclaimed examine on American Populism which the Civil Liberties Review known as "a wonderful, entire study," deals new political language designed to supply a clean technique of assessing either democracy and authoritarianism today.

Populism used to be extra then a rhetorical style.... June 25, 2005
By Hulka

Most university childrens within the 70's have been force-fed RICHARD HOFSTADTER's e-book, The Age of Reform, which ridiculed populism.

But having grown up the son of a immigrant farm boy and county agent, my view of the midwestern populism and farm tradition used to be a lot a lot different.

So Goodwyn's ebook used to be a welcome documentation of what I had identified all along--that populism was once a uniquely American stream, and the spirit of the frontier was once by no means rugged individualism, yet community.

The Farmer-Laborer Alliances of the overdue nineteenth Century, and the People's get together that resulted, continually noted their reform stream as 'cooperation', and quoted Thomas Jefferson, and the founding fathers. during this context, populism was once uniquely American. It was once a fight among democratic capitalism vs. speculative and monopoly capitalism.

Real populism used to be approximately developing cooperative platforms to consolidate farmer's fiscal strength in festival with the railroads and the banks. It used to be the choice to the disasterous crop-lien approach of the agricultural south that grew to become such a lot of of Jefferson's yoeman farmers into destitute sharecroppers, that pressured them out in their houses to settle the western plains.

Goodwyn's publication debunks the assumption the William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech was once the defining highpoint of populism, while actually it was once it's destruction. Goodwyn issues out that loose silver was once by no means extra then a shadow move of an immensely renowned political movement.

Goodwyn additionally debunks the later-day revisionists like Michael Kazin's ebook, writer of The Populist Persuasion, that populism used to be a method of rhetoric than a coherent set of political principles or reforms.

While the People's social gathering was once co-opted and destroyed through the Democrat celebration, lots of the reforms encouraged via the populists got here to cross within the 1930's with the rural reforms of the 1930's. such things as the agricultural electrification, the rules of the railroads, the Farm credits management, and the federal reserve all grew out the unique populist rules. as a result populist proceedings, ultimately executive intervention within the grain and different foodstuff commodies industry used to be well-known because the technique of democraticizing and strengthing the marketplace approach, stablizing the meals offer, and strengthening the marketplace system.

But most significantly, the honor of the typical guy opposed to the wealthy and robust city elite entered American political discourse.

This is a vital e-book, and a welcome knowing of probably the main profitable stream through universal parents to regulate their very own future.

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