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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant formulation of the American dilemma, June 18, 2008
This review is from: Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism (Hardcover)
Author makes a compelling case that the direction of our contemporary politics is toward a political system that is the very opposite of what our leadership, the mass media, opinion leaders, think tanks etc. claim it is--ie, the world's foremost exemplary of democracy. The consummated union of corporate power and governmental power has resulted in an American version of a total system, which he calls "inverted totalitarianism." Unlike traditional totalitarianism (Nazi Germany, Stalin's USSR etc.) the American system of control is not to mobilize the populace, but to distract it, to encourage a sense of dependency (by cultivating fear, calling everything a "war,") and by actully encouraging political disengagement (claiming that our government, which is supposed to be democracy's agent for helping promote the common good, is actually the "enemy.") The destiny of the USA is fast slipping from popular control, while our citizenry shows little interest or concern.
A very provocative book.
LFFenster
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2012 4:55:34 PM PST
BroBeer says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013 9:03:07 PM PDT
Pythagorus says:
So, would you call Stalin a "friend of the people", a role model? I guess you dismiss the Gulag, the murder of millions? Are you off your rocker?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 10:32:54 AM PDT
BruceK says:
Thank you for a descriptive review that tells me something more than this is a good or bad book.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2014 10:52:06 AM PDT
BruceK says:
Uh, so what? What is the point of trying to make that distinction, which would need a book of its own with proof, data, history, documentation, etc.

What do you mean that the "totalitarian model" has been dismissed? Are you saying that the word totalitarian does not mean anything or that there is no such thing as a totalitarian government? What would you have called East Germany?

I think all governments are mixes of various dimensions, totalitarianism, being a characteristic of group cohesion and command structure.

War is the metaphor which most governments relate to the most these days - so to have order and peace there must be a context where the one true society can legitimately war on other societies until peace is establish. True society meaning rule of law, basic rights respected and continually expanded, responsibility and flexibility to change and evolve.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2016 6:38:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2016 6:39:18 AM PDT
sb says:
is there such a thing as "the people" as a political monolith? if there is, is the political act of "the people" always righteous by definition?

if there isn't, what would YOU as a political leader do with the elites in power over the lesser among "the people" who are determined to exploit or kill the lesser?

i await your wisdom.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 6:40:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2016 6:41:10 AM PDT
sb says:
inverted "totalitarianism" is more a fate (as the logical conclusion) than a dilemma of capitalism, based on your own description.
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