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The New American Crisis : Radical Analyses of the Problems Facing America Today - Greg Ruggiero

The New American Crisis

Radical Analyses of the Problems Facing America Today

By: Greg Ruggiero (Editor), Stuart Sahulka (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9781565843172
Number Of Pages: 272

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This work features some of America's leading activists and progressive thinkers examining the current conservative political climate and considering what constructive moves are possible. Noam Chomsky analyzes the conservative victory in the 1994 elections; Tom Athanasiou and Kristin Dawkins examine the impact of the trade agreements; Herbert Schiller questions the right of government and corporations to privatize information through the much-heralded "information superhighway"; Howard Zinn looks at the new corporate order's need for quick, clean wars; and Cornel West and bell hooks discuss America's increasing racial tensions.

An uneven collection of broadsides from the counterculture of complaint. In this gathering of pamphlets, interviews, and commissioned essays, editors Ruggiero and Sahulka, publishers of the Open Magazine Pamphlet Series, tough it up in the face of the conservative age. Left stalwarts like David Dellinger (who makes the curious claim that there are more protests occurring now than in the 1960s) and Noam Chomsky have at the failure of those of like mind to get together and make The Revolution. "Progressives," Joel Rogers writes by way of explanation, "have forsaken even the ambitions of a mass politics." Rogers advances some interesting ideas for ways in which the Left can stake out a new share in American politics. So, too, does economist Juliet Schor, who sees hope for an eventual leftward swing in what she candidly calls "the slaughter of the Democrats in the 1994 midterm elections." The contributors' takes on American politics may be of lesser interest to general readers, however, than are a set of translated documents from the front lines of Mexico's Zapatista Army of National Liberation, who face a crisis of their own. The sense of despair that runs through this volume is suitably postmodern, but much of the rhetoric is solid '60s: Corporations are out to conquer the planet; Somalia was invaded on behalf of Big Oil; Saddam Hussein uses chemical weapons, but we used napalm in Vietnam. "Now the Cold War is over," Dellinger says, "and the power-elite is desperately seeking replacements such as the war on drugs (except those brought in regularly by the CIA) and a series of invasions in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Somalia." And so it goes. All in all, comfort food for those who believe that the Trilateral Commission runs the world and that everything bad is fascist, but of little avail to anyone seeking a principled analysis of the nation's woes. (Kirkus Reviews)

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The New American Crisis
Hope for the Ninetiesp. 2
Rollbackp. 11
After the Summitp. 32
Notes on NAFTAp. 61
NAFTA, GATT, and the World Trade Organization: The New Rules for Corporate Conquestp. 66
Global Village or Global Pillage?: Resistance to Top-Down Globalizationp. 84
Power, History, and Warfarep. 91
Rebuilding America: A New Economic Planp. 105
Starting from Chiapas: The Zapatistas Fire the Shot Heard Around the Worldp. 126
Original Declaration of War from the Lacandon Jungle by the Zapatistas to the People of Mexicop. 139
Zapatista Communiquep. 142
Statement of the Zapatista Insurgentsp. 148
Who Is Marcos?p. 149
Learning from Native Peoplesp. 150
The Information Superhighway: 500 Ways to Pave Over the Public (Interview with Herbert I. Schiller)p. 170
Staking a Claim in Cyberspace: Ensuring a Public Place on the Info Highwayp. 182
A Call to Actionp. 204
On Malcolm X: His Message and Meaningp. 208
Breaking Bread: A Dialogue Among Communities in Search of Common Groundp. 224
This Is War!p. 242
A Sustainable Economy for the Twenty-first Centuryp. 266
How We Might Unitep. 288
Contributorsp. 311
More Informationp. 314
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ISBN: 9781565843172
ISBN-10: 1565843177
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1