Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics

By Lindsay Mark Lewis, Jim Arkedis

When invoice Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992, their campaigns spent a complete of $192 million―combined! In 2012, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent over $7 billion, together with open air investment from superPACs―nearly 37 instances greater than simply twenty years earlier.

All that cash did not seem out of skinny air. In Political Mercenaries, Lindsay Mark Lewis tells the outrageous story of the fledgling days of fundraising and the way he raised over $200 million for the Democratic get together, its applicants, and its factors over a fifteen-year profession. bound to bring up the eyebrows of each person from traditional voters to voters United, he pulls again the veil of secrecy that has shrouded the relationships among politicians and their monetary backers during this thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud insider account.

The outrageous Lewis begins as a wide-eyed 22-year-old who thinks elevating political cash is a method to an end―helping Democrats win. Lewis' strategies aren't for the faint of center. alongside the way in which, he launders $40,000 from an (allegedly) murdered on line casino tycoon, smuggles marijuana, and passes an Elvis impersonator off as invoice Clinton! yet he turns into more and more conflicted as he keeps to promote entry to politicians in alternate for ever-larger assessments and a lack of keep watch over over the party's priorities. Lewis finally rises to his party's most sensible fundraising put up on the Democratic nationwide Committee, and makes an attempt to redeem himself by way of waging an eventually wasting conflict opposed to the party's elite billionaire donors, who strength him out.

Contrary to traditional knowledge, Lewis and co-author Jim Arkedis finish that the true harm is not the uncooked amount of cash spent on elections, yet quite the quantity of time politicians spend elevating it. it is time they need to spend governing. And Lewis lays a lot of that blame on the toes of the Democratic celebration, who offered out―not to company or lobbying pursuits, yet to a truly few liberal filthy rich elites.

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Road to Referendum

By Iain Macwhirter

In 2014, Scotland will make a decision. this can be the tale of the line to referendum and the adventure past. during this groundbreaking e-book to accompany the most important new three-part tv sequence by way of STV, the Herald's Iain Macwhirter tells the tale of the way Scots have reached the crossroads of independence, taking us again via Scottish background to give an explanation for how this certain occasion took place. Charting the increase of nationalism and the alterations within the united kingdom, Macwhirter's professional research takes us behind the curtain of the political global and divulges what the movers and shakers of this amazing political scene particularly imagine. available and ideal for specialists and people unusual with Scottish heritage alike, this landmark ebook from one of many UK's such a lot insightful political writers is vital studying for an individual who cares approximately the place the united kingdom may fit subsequent.

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Information Politics: Liberation and Exploitation in the Digital Society (Digital Barricades)

Clash over info has develop into a imperative a part of twenty-first century politics and tradition. The websites of fight are a variety of, the actors past count number. Currents of liberation and exploitation direction in the course of the debates approximately Edward Snowden and surveillance, nameless, se's and social media. In details Politics, Tim Jordan identifies most of these matters relating to a common realizing of the character of a knowledge politics that emerged with the increase of mass electronic cultures and the web. He additionally locates it inside a box of strength and uprising that's populated through many interwoven social and political conflicts together with gender, classification and ecology. The exploitations either facilitated by way of, and contested via, raises in info flows; the embedding of knowledge applied sciences in way of life, and the intersection of community and keep an eye on protocols are all tested in info Politics. a person hoping to become familiar with the swiftly altering terrain of electronic tradition and clash may still begin right here.

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Counterpower: Making Change Happen

By Tim Gee

This well timed publication argues that no significant move has ever been profitable with no counterpower, or the facility that the "have-nots" can use to take away the facility of the "haves."

Investigating the historical past and strategies of significant events of the prior and modern worldwide justice and human rights hobbies, Tim Gee demonstrates what works and what does not paintings. In displaying how counterpower might be strategically utilized, Gee has created an thought for activists and a useful source for academics and scholars of social change.

Tim Gee is a author and communications expert operating with campaigning enterprises within the uk and worldwide.

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Lloyd's MIU Handbook of Maritime Security

Managing the ever-changing nature and cross-disciplinary demanding situations of the maritime region calls for an entire figuring out of the designated features of the maritime house. The complexity of the operations of ships, ports, transport businesses, and naval and coast shield maritime safeguard operations―as good because the financial value and the inherent safeguard vulnerabilities of world maritime trade―requires a radical, holistic and adaptable knowing of industrial, legislation enforcement and naval maritime protection phenomena.

Written through a group of professional individuals, this ebook identifies and assesses the problems inherent in constructing and imposing maritime security features. It examines the recent maritime protection surroundings, together with the various yet complementary pursuits of the delivery and nationwide regulatory businesses. The insurance contains analyses of the various threats to maritime defense and the way they're perceived via various actors within the maritime area. The editors review the overseas and nationwide criminal frameworks constructed for particular sectors and the responses that diverse countries have given to those projects. finished in scope, the quantity addresses safeguard matters that pertain to a large spectrum of business delivery and maritime defense events, regulatory frameworks, sector-specific vulnerabilities, nearby nuances, and port facilities.

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Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech, and Opinion Control Since 9/11

By Nancy Snow

In info battle, former usa info organization worker Nancy Snow describes how U.S. propaganda efforts and covert operations are increasing extra speedily this day than at the other time in U.S. historical past, because the Bush management makes an attempt to extend U.S. dominance by means of curtailing dissent and controlling opinion. Snow lays out the propaganda strategies that the govt makes use of to regulate dissent within the twenty-first century, spotlights the most important gamers and their spinmeistering skills within the info struggle, and describes memorable "leaks" within the Administration’s efforts to behavior stealth propaganda courses and keep watch over details at domestic. finally she exhibits that dissent and actual democracy are the early casualties of those rules.

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The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?

By George Soros

The ecu Union may possibly quickly be something of the previous. Xenophobia is rampant and typically mirrored in elections around the continent. nice Britain might carry a referendum on no matter if to desert the union altogether. Spurred by means of anti-EU sentiments as a result euro problem, nationwide pursuits clash with a shared imaginative and prescient for the way forward for Europe. Is it too past due to maintain the union that generated unheard of peace for greater than part a century?

This isn't any mere educational query with constrained value for the US and the remainder of the area. some time past decade, the ecu has declined from a unified international energy to a fractious confederation of states with spectacular unemployment resentfully looking aid from a reluctant Germany. If the european collapses and the previous member states are remodeled back from companions into opponents, the U.S. and the realm will confront the intense fiscal and political results that follow.

In a chain of unveiling interviews carried out by means of Dr. Gregor Peter Schmitz, George Soros—a guy of significant ecu adventure whose own previous informs his current concerns—offers trenchant remark and concise, prescriptive suggestion: The euro challenge used to be no longer an inevitable final result of integration, yet end result of the avoidable blunders in politics, economics, and finance; and over the top religion within the self-regulating monetary markets that Soros calls industry fundamentalism encouraged incorrect institutional buildings that decision out for reform. regardless of the enormous perils of this era, George Soros continues his religion within the eu Union as a version of open society. This ebook is a testomony to his imaginative and prescient for a calm and efficient Europe.

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The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West

By Charles Kenny

America is in decline, and the increase of the East indicates a bleak destiny for the world’s simply superpower – so is going the normal knowledge. yet what if the normal measures of nationwide prestige are not any longer as vital as they as soon as have been? What if America’s overall healthiness used to be assessed in response to completely various factors?

In The Upside of Down, Charles Kenny argues that America’s so-called decline is just relative to the newfound luck of alternative nations. and there's super upside to existence in a wealthier global: american citizens can take advantage of larger offerings and less expensive costs provided by way of colleges and hospitals in emerging international locations, and, with out leaving domestic, avail themselves of the recent innovations and items these international locations will produce. the most important to thriving during this global is to maneuver earlier the jeremiads approximately America’s deteriorating prestige and determine how top to exploit its new position in a multipolar global. A clean antidote to prophecies of yankee decline, The Upside of Down deals a clean and hugely positive examine America’s destiny in a wealthier world.

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Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq

By Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer is the writer of Imperial Hubris, which used to be a brand new York instances hardcover bestseller for fifteen weeks and stirred up realization in each nationwide and native media outlet. he's a veteran CIA counterterrorism analyst who for a few years headed the Osama bin weighted down unit. In Marching towards Hell, Scheuer deals a scathing and scary examine how the Iraq battle has contributed to the enemy's energy and essentially replaced the geopolitical panorama in a manner that's damaging to U.S. pursuits and defense issues. Scheuer will research the ways that the warfare has widened the clash via virtually each degree, made the USA much less safe, and left us all more and more susceptible to assault.

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Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics After Yugoslavia

This quantity deals a profound research of post-socialist financial and political transformation within the Balkans, related to deeply unequal societies and oligarchical “democracies.” The contributions deconstruct the power imaginary of the Balkans, pervasive between outsiders to the quarter, who see it as not more than a repository of ethnic clash, corruption and violence. supplying a miles wanted severe exam of the Yugoslav socialist adventure, the amount sheds mild at the contemporary rebirth of radical politics within the Balkans, the place new teams and activities fight for a significantly democratic imaginative and prescient of society.

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