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Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform Paperback – June 12, 2007
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That said, Miller periodically descends into shrill denunciations of the GOP and the Bush Administration that undercut the effectiveness of his narrative. Had the diatribes been cut, 'Fooled Again' would be a stronger read.
Bottom line: worthy of your time, but skip the portions heavy on rhetoric.
Tip: For another, extremely worthwhile, look at the 2004 election, try "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?" by Freedman and Bleifus.
and I found it useful in explaining to my father some of what has gone wrong in this country re: vote-fraud. The anecdotes are excellent, not least in that they cover the whole nation, not just the most outrageously fraudulent vote in the state of Ohio; but I think we need more than outrage at anecdotes to get the terrible touch-screen DRE machines out of this country's system. People on the right will always argue that the republican intimidation
tactics and dirty tricks, while heinously wrong, were within the margin of Bush's victory. In order for voting to be at all fair we must have paper ballot/optical scan machines in case of the need for a recount. Jimmy Carter said the U.S. voting system isn't even good enough to be worth monitoring. I monitored in Albuquerque, NM in 2004 and I have to agree. PS: In my later review of Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse, I decide that the racial and class discrimination, aside from DRE's, was beyond the margin after all. So I raise this one to five stars.
Miller is a clear and convincing writer. He's done his homework, and he makes a powerful case, calling the legitimacy of the Bush White House into question. This is a story that has been woefully neglected, even by the 'liberal' arm of the US press. It has been told piecemeal by internet bloggers and non-profit websites. In Europe and New Zealand (!) the story of the election heist of 2004 has been reported by the commercial press, and is common knowledge. But in America, it has been considered slightly loony to question the integrity of our electoral machinery.
'Fooled Again' may just prove to be a turning point for the conventional wisdom. What Miller has done with this book is far more than to document anecdotes of election fraud and put them in perspective. He paints for us a coherent picture that I, for one, have understood for the first time after reading his work. I had been familiar with the economic analysis of right-wing politics - the growing power of multinational corporations, the lobbyists and the PACS, and their dominance in setting our government's agenda. It had seemed to me to be the work of a distant, inaccessible money machine.
Miller adds a psychological perspective, making the actions of the power-grabbers very tangible, comprehensible and real. The subversion of our democracy was planned for decades by people who are not so much evil as afraid, and no more dishonest with us than they are with themselves. If the methods with which they push their agenda seem deceptive, autocratic and draconian, it is because they perceive their situation (and ours) to be desperate.
One weakness of the book is that it focuses exclusively on anecdotal evidence for election theft. There is another half of the story which is told by numerical evidence. The widespread statistical anomalies in the 2004 election provide a context for the anecdotes, so that they cannot be dismissed as isolated aberrations. The statistical story will be told in a forthcoming book by Steve Freeman.
Since November '04, I had been a follower of the internet dialogs about election fraud, and a minor contributor to the statistical analysis. I have found Miller's book to be empowering: He offers us a context in which we might hope to organize a new movement for electoral integrity, setting the system aright before it becomes entrenched.
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