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University In Chains

Author: Henry A. Giroux
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131724981X
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President Eisenhower originally included 'academic' in the draft of his landmark, oft-quoted speech on the military-industrial-complex. Giroux tells why Eisenhower saw the academy as part of the famous complex - and how his warning was vitally prescient for 21st-century America. Giroux details the sweeping post-9/11 assault being waged on the academy by militarization, corporatization, and right-wing fundamentalists who increasingly view critical thought itself as a threat to the dominant political order. Giroux argues that the university has become a handmaiden of the Pentagon and corporate interests, it has lost its claim to independence and critical learning and has compromised its role as a democratic public sphere. And yet, in spite of its present embattled status and the inroads made by corporate power, the defense industries, and the right wing extremists, Giroux defends the university as one of the few public spaces left capable of raising important questions and educating students to be critical and engaged agents. He concludes by making a strong case for reclaiming it as a democratic public sphere.

American Amnesia

Author: Jacob S. Hacker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451667841
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A “provocative” (Kirkus Reviews), timely, and topical work that examines what’s good for American business and what’s good for Americans—and why those interests are misaligned. In American Amnesia, bestselling political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century and show how a viable mixed economy has long been the dominant engine of America’s prosperity. We have largely forgotten this reliance, as many political circles and corporate actors have come to mistakenly see government as a hindrance rather than the propeller it once was. “American Amnesia” is more than a rhetorical phrase; elites have literally forgotten, or at least forgotten to talk about, the essential role of public authority in achieving big positive-sum bargains in advanced societies. The mixed economy was the most important social innovation of the twentieth century. It spread a previously unimaginable level of broad prosperity. It enabled steep increases in education, health, longevity, and economic security. And yet, extraordinarily, it is anathema to many current economic and political elites. Looking at this record of remarkable accomplishment, they recoil in horror. And as the advocates of anti-government free market fundamentalist have gained power, they are hell-bent on scrapping the instrument of nearly a century of unprecedented economic and social progress. In the American Amnesia, Hacker and Pierson explain the full “story of how government helped make America great, how the enthusiasm for bashing government is behind its current malaise, and how a return to effective government is the answer the nation is looking for” (The New York Times).

Of Divine Warning

Author: Jane Anna Gordon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317255291
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This book offers a theory of disaster in modern and contemporary society and its impact on the construction of social and political life. The theory is premised upon what the authors call "the sign continuum," where disaster spreads across society through efforts to evade social responsibility for its causes and consequences. Phenomena generated by such efforts include the social manifestation of monstrosity (disastrous people and other forms of living things) and an emerging antipolitics in an effort to assert rule and order. A crucial development is the attack on speech, a fundamental feature of political life, as manifested by the increased expectations of categories of people whose containment calls for shunning and silence.

Breaking The Zero Sum Game

Author: Aldo Boitano
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1787431851
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Escaping the win-lose dynamics of zero-sum game approaches is crucial for finding integrated, inclusive solutions to complex issues. This book uncovers real-life examples of inclusive leaders that have broken the zero-sum game, providing insights that help the reader develop their inclusive leadership skills.

The Politics Of Possibility

Author: Gary A. Olson
Publisher: Paradigm Pub
ISBN: 9781594514456
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In the probing interviews in this vibrant new book, eminent scholars struggle with some of the most crucial issues facing contemporary intellectuals. Poststructuralist philosopher Judith Butler discusses the “pain” of rigorous intellectual work, saying that it is “necessarily extremely hard labor,” as she examines the intersection of discourse and political action. Award-winning filmmaker, philosopher, and social theorist David Theo Goldberg reviews his life’s work, especially on issues of racism. Literary critic and feminist philosopher Avital Ronell sets out to disrupt the standard logic of signification, to force readers into fresh ways of perceiving a subject at hand. Postcolonial theorist Homi Bhabha discusses how critical literacy is intimately connected to the question of democratic representation, and he elaborates on how cultural difference can lead to a politics of discrimination. And neo-Marxist cultural critic Slavoj Žižek takes readers on an exhilarating journey through a wide range of critical subjects.

Where Do We Go From Here

Author: Mark Major
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739137190
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Dealing with pressing issues of the day including health care, race, immigration, liberalism, religion, foreign policy, unions, feminism, education, and the media, this edited volume looks at the prospects for a radical turn in US politics. In doing so, it hopes to inspire the radical imagination by showing where we can go from here.

Eine Kurze Geschichte Der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Politics After Hope

Author: Henry A. Giroux
Publisher: Paradigm Pub
ISBN: 9781594518539
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"Henry A. Giroux has been tracking the war on youth and decline of education and democracy throughout the Bush-Cheney era. In Politics After Hope, Giroux shows how problems of youth, race, education, militarism, and the decline of democracy are rooted in the previous era and provide serious challenges to the Obama administration. Grounding himself in Obama's politics of hope, Giroux sees early problems and failures concerning Obama's response to key issues and provides challenges for the Obama administration to match their rhetoric. A timely look at current political and pedagogical issues that should be of concern to educators and citizens alike."---Douglas Kellner, UCLA, author of Media Culture (1995) and Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Virginia Tech Massacre (2008) "Giroux's book reminds readers that while Obama has already become a captive of the Presidency as an institution in American politics, his campaign rhetoric had offered an opportunity to revisit the vigor of radical ideas and democracy as an ideal in contemporary America. Focusing upon the linkages among youth, citizenship, education, and social change, Giroux offers a rich array of analysis and ideas that could help to transcend the politics of failure that has increasingly defined American life since the 1960s."---Cary Fraser, Penn State University "Giroux may be our best champion of youth and here he paints a stark picture of the complicity between corporate greed and governmental abandonment that continues to leave our children vulnerable. This may be Giroux's most accessible book, probably his most timely, and certainly his most powerful."---Richard Quantz, Miami University "Among many virtues, this book offers a trenchant critique of the war rhetoric in the age of neoconservatism and neoliberalism, and their legacies in the Obama administration. Giroux bases his critique in the characteristically detailed research, historical understandig, and theoretical insight for which he is well knwon, and challenges the Obama administration---and all of us on whom genuine democracy depends---to take heed of no less than the proverbial reminder of what could be repeated from a failure to learn from the lessons of history."---Lewis R. Gordon, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institue for the Study of Race and Social Thought at Temple University and co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (Paradigm 2009)

Der Stumme Fr Hling

Author: Rachel Carson
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406704220
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Der stumme Frühling erschien erstmals 1962. Der Titel bezieht sich auf das eingangs erzählte Märchen von der blühenden Stadt, in der sich eine seltsame, schleichende Seuche ausbreitet … Das spannend geschriebene Sachbuch wirkte bei seinem Erscheinen wie ein Alarmsignal und avancierte rasch zur Bibel der damals entstehendenÖkologie-Bewegung. ZumerstenMal wurde hier in eindringlichem Appell die Fragwürdigkeit des chemischen Pflanzenschutzes dargelegt. An einer Fülle von Tatsachen machte Rachel Carson seine schädlichen Auswirkungen auf die Natur und die Menschen deutlich. Ihre Warnungen haben seither nichts von ihrer Aktualität verloren.

Stormy Weather

Author: Henry A. Giroux
Publisher: Paradigm Pub
ISBN: 9781594513299
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Uses the handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to examine the strengthening of antidemocratic forces and their threat to freedoms in the United States.