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Indispensable Enemies: The Politics of Misrule in America Paperback – January 1, 2010
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The previous reviewer sums up one of the books main ideas very well. Another argument of the book is that power in America is almost totally monopolized by the two parties -- contrary to most opinion today which seeks to blame anyone and everyone for our problems except the most obvious suspects, the politicians who pass laws and frustrate reform. Since so many pundits blame either the "liberal media elite" or monopolistic corporations for our woes, Karp details the ways in which both groups are under the complete domination of the two parties (his analysis of the media is part of a separate book _Buried Alive_). As Karp points out, the idea isn't new. Madison, Jefferson, Washington, et. al. shouted until they were hoarse about the necessity of zealously watching politicians and rulers. They had little if any concern about journalists, manufacturers and bankers, except insofar as they might become willing tools for would-be despots and oligarchs. But no one except Karp has thoroughly explored the implications of this founding belief in the modern political context.
Karp has a thesis that is central to this work as well as his wonderful books Liberty Under Siege and The Politics of War and that is that those who govern do their best to make it appear as if forces beyond their control are always forcing them to act. This is not so, says Karp and he shows you why. Did Woodrow Wilson have to get us into war? Did the Germans attack us without provocation? Did FDR have to attempt (so blatantly and unconstitutionally) to pack the Court with "Activists" to get his New Deal made into law? Did LBJ really have no choice at Tonkin? Did JFK have to cave in to public funding for parochial schools? Why did the Democratic leadership always have so many of its own party legions defecting to the Republican cause when it had tremendous majorities in the House and Senate? The answers to these questions and more are in his books.Read more ›
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A masterpiece of political analysis. This books explains why party bosses will often support the candidate of the opposition party. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marvelous Mal
Actual expose of actual politics. Resolves many crisis news stories which fell off of the newspapers before closure. Most important book for political scientists... Read morePublished 12 months ago by hunter green
Uses exhaustive historical references to specific instances of election manipulation.
Offers a motive and structure to many of the issues that have seemed to be... Read more
Karp's "Indispensable Enemies" is a mind-blowing, eye-opening book!
If published in more recent times, it would have been a top seller, since
it exposes a... Read more
Everyone should read this. Americans are so snowed by the theater of politics that we're sitting ducks for tyranny coming from all quarters.Published on December 31, 2013 by Anne Martin
Karp is a controversial and spirited writer. You may not agree with some of his strongest claims, but well worth reading anyway.Published on December 20, 2013 by Alan G. Nasser Sr.
I have to concur with the five-star reviewers. This book is absolutely essential to a solid understanding of American politics. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by D. Milam
There are times when a critic approaches a popular subject of criticism, only from an angle exactly opposite to the common one. Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by M. A. Krul