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Hidden Power: What You Need to Know to Save Our Democracy
by Charles Derber (Goodreads Author)
America has been run as a corporate regime for several years -- a merger of big business and government that makes profits more important than human rights and erodes the democratic tradition. Costly wars abroad, a national debt that grows exponentially year after year, and the inability to deliver stable work and essential social services are undermining the legitimacy of ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
(first published January 1st 2005)
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Forget the goofy cover art and throw-away subtitle. This book loosely describes three major periods of big business dominance in American politics since the civil war: 1865-1901 "robber barons", 1920s "roaring twenties", and 1980-present "Reagan revolution". Derber's purpose is to reveal the system of hidden corporate power that dominates American politics (and, increasingly, world politics). In examining the rise and fall of corporate political dominance, he discovers some important lessons abo ...more
Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and has written 17 books - on politics, economy, capitalism, war, the culture wars, culture and conversation, and social change. He writes for and has been reviewed in the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Truthout, and other leading media. His books are translated into Chinese, Korean, Tamil, German and Polish- and he is a ...more