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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567513808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567513806
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,479,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel S. Hirschhorn has been a professor, environmental consultant and public policy analyst. He has worked for the U.S. Congress and the National Governors Association. He has published hundreds of papers and articles, lately on many progressive Internet sites.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel S. Heilig on September 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
What can you say about someone who gets it right? Once you see through the veils, it's all too painfully clear. The author of this hard-headed, warm-hearted book gets it right, and right on the nose. His dissection of our "fearless leader" in debate -- with prompting from a device wired to his back, giving him facts to use in the debate -- is alone worth the price of this book. He has painstakingly researched what happened and how it could technically have been done (the author is a trained engineer); and his discussion of the silence of the mainstream media describes a national scandal that never happened, but one that keeps happening, day in and day out, on our pablum maintstream "news" broadcasts.

I run an executive resume service in the Pentagon. I hear and see a lot of spinning and worse about enough to make any citizen sick. The country is being hypnotized, and the Red and the Blue are each being convinced of their righteous wrath. No one listens, everyone yells. Here is a book that deconstructs the delusion and din, and offers sound ideas about how to move forward in rebuilding our national democracy. We could all do a lot worse than to spend a few illuminating, but disturbing, hours with the author as he takes us step by painful step through the mists and minefields of our delusions toward the profile of a clear-eyed vision for a possible future. Books like this deserve an audience. Authors like this deserve readers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Panico on October 16, 2006
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A must read book!

This book is well written and concise. It serves as a fantastic wake-up call to the American people. It succinctly describes the anti-democratic practices, tendancies, and directions in society, the economy, the mass media, and government that have been eroding our participatory institutions by distracting citizens for decades.

It is an indictment of the corruption that flourishes at all levels of society and particularly in government. It exposes the culture of lying and spin and describes how untruth damages democracy.

This book gives form and focus to the discontent shared by people around the country. It is a clear call to arms against the status quo in our time and offers thought-provoking and unconventional ideas for how to reform the system through citizen action.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 3, 2008
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Could a second American Revolution be required to set America on the correct path once more? "Delusional Democracy: Fixing the Republic without overthrowing the Government" is a deftly written call to action - not to overthrow the government, no, but to do whatever they can to set our democratic institution on the right path once more, to cut through the oceans of false information and misrepresentation that do no right for its citizens. Offering advice and protocol to save America while there's still time, "Delusional Democracy: Fixing the Republic without Overthrowing the Government" is highly recommended to community library political shelves everywhere and for anyone who wants an honest look at today's government.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2011
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This is an important book, one of many about the downfall of democracy in the USA with some suggestions for action that are a mix of great ideas, out of date items, and a couple, such as Instant Run-Off, that I also fell prey to and have now been corrected on by the crowd-sourcing of the Electoral Reform Act of 2012 (easy to find online).

First off, the author was well-ahead of his time and this book joins four books in particular:

Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny
Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It
Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders
The Broken Branch : How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Institutions of American Democracy)

Here is what the author himself summarizes as the key changes we need to make--I agree that Electoral Reform is the ONE THING that we can all agree on, but he has not availed himself of all of the expertise possible as I have in my open call for input, so we each lose one star--I wrote a book that was not focused on solutions, and he has written a book that needs to be updated and fleshed out.

A number of electoral reforms are necessary to rescue American democracy:

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