"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 myth-making 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."
Enjoyed the article! I needed to lighten up a little ( I mean a lot!)
Having read John Dean's "Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches" and seen the effects of the "Citizens United vs the FEC" SCOTUS decision on this election, I don't think there is any way to reach "acceptance" of this neo-con Republican/Tea Party win. Not when their primary agenda seems to be becoming a permanent majority and silencing the voices of anyone who doesn't agree with them.
Here come the witch-hunts that waste time and taxpayer dollars.
Here come the redistricting done to favor the right, only this time the ultra-conservative leaning supreme court won't rule against it.
There goes campaign reform, health care reform, etc, etc...
Cried myself to sleep on election night and think I'll be grieving for a long, long time.
(I don't think I am going to finish reading Sheldon Wolin's "Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism". It might lead me to follow the "cultivate a drug habit" suggestion and since things tanked in 2008, I can't afford another rehab!)
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