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They Rule: The 1% vs. Democracy

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This book reflects on key questions raised by recent movements and statements about the status of American politics and polity from the Tea Party to Occupy, from the 1% to the 47% to the 99% that is the rest of us. These questions have also been raised by previous generations of labor, farmer, socialist, anarchist, and populist protestors and critics: Who owns and rules Am ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Paradigm Publishers
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Ken Schaefer
I always enjoy Paul Street's books. He sees the problems very clearly and very clearly conveys them to the reader. However, in my opinion he, like Alperovits, Richard Wolff and their ilk look to reforming capitalism even though they talk against capitalism. It isn't enough to be anti-capitalist without having a solution that is other than capitalist. Changing our world society into anything other than a moneyless, wageless, stateless, classless society will still be capitalism. Even if we could ...more
Rory
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well researched and forcefully argued.
Martin Bassani
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
They Rule, and judging by general inability to do anything about it, they will continue to rule. Just look at what people are protesting about!

Paul Street makes a good job explaining the nature of our problem but I suspect most people reading this book are already aware of the problem. The vast majority of others know something is wrong, but without grasping the true nature of the problem we are utterly unable to focus on possible paths to real solutions.

Without the necessary wisdom all problem
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Thomas Stevenson
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that this book is a lot less about the growing wealth gap than about how those with wealth chose to use it to their ends. This is certainly not everyone in the 1%, at least not directly.

This is a very informative book even if it is not always that easy to read. A great deal was not new to me but I follow this sort of writing; for most readers this includes many jaw dropping points. Readers will be informed even as they may be depressed by how short are their odds of resto
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Malcolm Pellettier
surprisingly well researched....Well, it surprised me. Sadly, nothing terribly new or horribly insightful, but a wonderful compendium of progressive profs and theorists who do have powerful insights, thus making it pretty indispensable as a resource.
Daniel
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Until you know everything in this book, you are part of the problem.
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Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of six books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era(New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppressio ...more