Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense: Restoring America's Promise at Home and Abroad

Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense: Restoring America's Promise at Home and Abroad

By: Alan Curtis (editor), Kevin Phillips (foreword_author)Paperback

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Featured on CNN, C-SPAN, FOX News, NBC's Today Show, Democracy NOW!, News Hour with Jim Lehrer and other leading talk shows. In the late 1960s, the bipartisan Eisenhower Violence Commission, formed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson and extended by President Richard Nixon, warned that most civilizations have fallen less from external assault than from internal decay. Over recent years, the internal decay prophesied by the Violence Commission, but also by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his military-industrial complex farewell speech, has been reflected in American public policies. The fault lies on both sides of the political aisle. After Pearl Harbor, "Mr. Republican," Senator Robert A. Taft, said criticism is patriotic. Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense assembles more than three dozen patriots. They range from Kevin Phillips, chief political strategist for Richard Nixon's victory in 1968, and former Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, called a "true American hero" by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, to Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former Oklahoma Senator Fred R. Harris, who advocated grassroots, populist policies when he ran for president in the 1970s. Why have American policies failed? What alternative policies can return America to its promise, internally and in the eyes of a global community shaken by, among other things, American torture and sexual humiliation of prisoners in Iraq? Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense answers these questions in a preposterous way. It asks citizens and policy makers to actually connect the dots-to move America forward by developing mutually supportive and complementary foreign, national security, Middle East, economic, domestic, inner city, media, campaign finance and voting reform policies. Too much to expect of our civilization? This important and timely effort is published in cooperation with The Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation. From Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Se

About Author

Alan Curtis is president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Eisenhower Foundation. He was executive director of President Carter's urban and regional policy group. Dr. Curtis has written or edited ten books and coauthored one of the task force reports of the National Violence Commission. Leader of many delegations to China, he is a critic of that country's nondemocratic government and a supporter of Tibetan independence. He has degrees from Harvard, the University of London, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Contents

Chapter 1 The Big Picture Chapter 3 The Challenge of Managing Dominance Chapter 3 National Security in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 4 A Compromised Central Intelligence Agency: What Can Be Done? Chapter 5 Does America Have the Wisdom to Grasp the Opportunity? Chapter 6 The Courage to Keep On Talking Chapter 7 The European Mistrust of American Leadership Chapter 8 America Needs Europe Chapter 9 Challenging Empire: The United Nations in a New Internationalism Chapter 10 Speaking Truth to Power: Preventive Diplomacy Backed by Force Chapter 11 American Foreign Policy: A Tragic "Success" Chapter 12 Concern and Credibility Chapter 13 The Necessity of Persuasion: Keeping Congress Engaged Chapter 14 Security and Democracy in the Post-September 11 Era Chapter 15 Village Democracy and Presidential Leadership Chapter 16 Domino Democracy: Challenges to United States Foreign Policy in a Post-Saddam Middle East Chapter 17 American Leadership to Create a Two-State Solution Chapter 18 Awakening the American Political Debate on Palestine and Israel Chapter 19 The Future Political and Economic Architecture of the Middle East Chapter 20 We Are Still All Americans Chapter 21 The Financial, Political, and Moral Deficits of the American Empire Chapter 22 The Coming Budget Crisis and the Rising Threat of Large-Scale Federal Disinvestment Chapter 23 Full Employment and the Perils of Empire Chapter 24 Concentrated Power Without Responsibility Chapter 25 The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy Chapter 26 The Failure of "Free Market Tough State" Ideology Chapter 27 September 11 and the Criminal Justice System Chapter 28 The Missing Debate Chapter 29 It is Time to Break the Silence Chapter 30 Civil Liberties and Effective Investigation Chapter 31 Creation of the Media Democracy Reform Movement Chapter 32 Electronic Advocacy and Fundraising: The State of the Art Chapter 33 Electronic Counter-Power and Collective Action Chapter 34 Independent Reporting and The People's Media Chapter 35 Lessons from 1964 Chapter 36 Thieves in High Places:They're Stealing Our Country, and It's Time to Take It Back Chapter 37 Generating Political Hope in a Time of Fear Chapter 38 Who Has the Emerging Majority Now? Chapter 39 American Politics and Policy: We Don't Have Time to Despair

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  • ISBN13: 9780742542174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 496
  • ID: 9780742542174
  • weight: 603
  • ISBN10: 0742542173

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