The Paradox of American Democracy

The Paradox of American Democracy

Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust

eBook - 2013
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John B. Judis, one of our most insightful political commentators, most rational and careful thinkers, and most engaged witnesses in Washington, has taken on a challenge that even the most concerned American citizens shrink from: forecasting the American political climate at the turn of the century. The Paradox of American Democracy is a penetrating examination of our democracy that illuminates the forces and institutions that once enlivened it and now threaten to undermine it. It is the well-reasoned discussion we need in this era of unrestrained expert opinions and ideologically biased testimony.

The disenchantment with our political system can be seen in decreasing voter turnout, political parties co-opted by consultants and large contributors, the corrupting influence of "soft money," and concern for national welfare subverted by lobbying organizations and special-interest groups. Judis revisits particular moments--the Progressive Era, the New Deal, the 1960s--to discover what makes democracy the most efficacious and, consequently, most inefficacious. What has worked in the past is a balancing act between groups of elites--trade commissions, labor relations boards, policy groups--whose mandates are to act in the national interest and whose actions are governed by a disinterested pursuit of the common good. Judis explains how the displacment of such elites by a new lobbying community in Whashington has given rise to the cynicism that corrodes the current political system.

The Paradox of American Democracy goes straight to the heart of every political debate in this country.
Publisher: New York [New York] :, Pantheon Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9780804150620
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 07, 2015

I sort of agree with everything the author says, except he is quite wordy and verbose in simply describing the absolute corruption extant in America today: of course they created // think tanks \\ frequently filled with members of former foreign bloody regimes supported by neocon presidents [just check out their personnel rosters sometime] and they are frequently interviewed by the stooges of Fox and PBS and NPR and CBS to manufacture the so-called news, with 40,000 D.C. lobbyists!
This isn't a historical cycle; but their endgame, and FDR and JFK won't come around again, especially as the traitorous Americans were never brought to justice for their public executions of JFK, MLK and RFK.


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