You Call this a Democracy?
I've been a big fan of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn for many years, as no doubt many here are also. I'm not sure how I stumbled across the title, but I recently bought You Call This a Democracy?, by Paul Kivel. I have a few books by G. William Domhoff but haven't read them yet for some reason. Kivel takes the ideas of Domhoff and applies them to a critical examination of the social and economic structures in this country, with predictable results. If you haven't heard of Paul Kivel, go to his website and learn more about him. Here is a sampling of chapter titles to whet your appetite for the book:
How Does the Power Elite Communicate?
How Do Members of the Ruling Class Increase Their Wealth?
Protecting Their Power
Dealing With Resistance
Dealing With Resistance in Other Countries
The Ruling Class and the Buffer Zone
Why We Don't Focus Attention on the Ruling Class: the Role of the Mass Media
Beyond Survival - Getting Together
I haven't finished reading the book, but so far, I am very impressed with how the author has managed to lay out his argument without engaging in hyperbole. I've read a lot of books over the years, but I can't recall reading one which weaves all of the issues we progressives care about into one unified whole. At this stage of my life, I'm more interested in learning about how everything is linked together - I'm weary of reading about the endless outrages perpetrated upon us. I'm familiar with the broad outlines of Marxism and appreciate the insights of Gramsci, but this book puts it all together in one place for me.