Empire and Inequality
America and the World Since 9/11
By (author) Paul Street
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Empire and Inequality by Paul Street
Book Description"This is an impressive collection: well-informed, well-written, covering highly important topics over an impressive range, with no hesitation about taking an honest stand that gets right to the heart of the matter in case after case." Noam Chomsky A frequent columnist in Z magazine, Black Commentator, and other magazines, Paul Street has closely monitored the deterioration of civil liberties since 9/11. In his new book, Street challenges the widely accepted notion that 'everything changed' on 9/11. The event of 9/11 changed the lives of thousands of people in tragic and lasting ways, but some things it did not drastically alter were the long-term goals of the Bush administration. Rather, the terrorist attacks offered a way for them to fully realize these goals, through waging war against fictional enemies abroad and against civil liberties at home. By pointing out rampant injustices in society and doggedly pursuing the blatant contradictions in current government policies, Street reveals a very different America than the government or media portray. Empire and Inequality shows how the jetliner attacks provided a windfall opportunity to accelerate pre-existing trends towards greater global and domestic hierarchy, inequality, and repression. Street shows how the elites of American government and business used classic propaganda mechanisms in pursuit of this regressive and authoritarian agenda in the "post-9/11 era." Street offers a cogent critique of the myth of the powerless state, showing that U.S. government's cup runs over when it comes to serving the wealthy and privileged few and is empty only when it comes to meeting the needs of the non-affluent majority. Empire and Inequality is a powerful reflection on the inseparable, deepening, and mutually reinforcing relationships that exist between empire abroad and inequality and repression at home in the "post 9/11 era."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594510595
(229mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Street
They Rule, Paperback (June 2014)
A masterful historical and political analysis, revealing what lies beneath the surface of US society.
Crashing the Tea Party, Paperback (August 2011)
Based on first-hand observation of local Tea Party chapters, undertakes a critical examination of the movement from the national and local level.
Empire's New Clothes, Hardback (September 2010)
Reveals that, after over a year in power, Barack Obama is still beholden to existing dominant domestic and global hierarchies and doctrines.
Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics, Hardback (January 2009)» View all books by Paul Street
Offers an understanding on the meaning of the 'Obama phenomenon'. This work looks at Obama in relation to contemporary issues of class, race, war, and empire. It considers Obama in the context of our nation's political history, with comparisons to FDR, JFK, Bill Clinton, and other leaders.
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Author Biography - Paul Street
Paul Street is an urban social policy researcher and teacher in Chicago. He writes regularly for Z Magazine and Black Commentator. His books include Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (2009) and Empire and Inequality (2005).
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