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Sheldon Wolin's recent work provides an absolutely essential theoretical underpinning for anyone who finds himself (or herself) suspecting that what's going on with the U.S. is really, really uncool. Unlike the well-known media fascisti, it welcomes some real historical knowledge (NOT the bullsh-t platitudes that pass for such) and provides a nuanced, balanced account (Wolin spent many years teaching political philosophy at some major universities) of how real power functions today. If you find writers like Chris Hedges compelling, Wolin is the next logical place to go.
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As an educator, I highly recommend this book as an essential companion to social studies curricula.
Knowing the process of how democracy has been co-opted allows us to resist and proceed accordingly. The concept of inverted totalitarianism correlates with the formula posed in the Powell Memo. Folks like Naomi Klein, Chomsky, Henry Giroux, and Richard Wolff have addressed the further dismantling of what's left of our democracy.
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