Description - Regime Change Begins at Home by Charles Derber
This new book is a call for regime change in the United States from the current dominant corporate regime. Charles Derber traces American history from the Civil War and finds that there have been five regimes in American society and politics: 1. The Gilded Age, which was the first corporate regime and lasted from 1865 (most historians date the start of this a little later than 1865) to the end of William McKinley's presidency in 1901; 2. The Progressive Age, an era of corporate reform that lasted from 1901 to 1921; 3. The second corporate regime, which started with Harding's presidency in 1921 and lasted until Franklin Roosevelt came into office; 4. The New Deal, which lasted until the 1970s; and; 5. The third corporate regime, which has lasted from Reagan's election in 1980 until now. Derber argues that Clinton's presidency was a continuation of the corporate regime rather than a regime change.
He analyzes the forces that lead to true regime change (such as structural contradictions in the economy and political system that the existing regime cannot solve) and shows why a true regime change is needed now and what can be done to hasten it before an economic catastrophe (such as the Great Depression) forces it to happen. In this provocative and timely book, Derber explains that electing a new president to replace Bush is a necessary step in ending the corporate regime, but a great deal more needs to happen to have a real regime change.
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(223mm x 149mm x 27mm)
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Author Biography - Charles Derber
Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and former director of its graduate program on Social Economy and Social Justice.