Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-first Century

Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-first Century

Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-capitalist Democracy

Book - 2014
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"In the United States and much of the world there is a palpable depression about the prospect of overcoming the downward spiral created by the tyranny of wealth and privilege and establishing a truly democratic and sustainable society. It threatens to become self-fulfilling. In this trailblazing new book, award-winning author Robert W. McChesney argues that the weight of the present is blinding people to the changing nature and the tremendous possibilities of the historical moment we inhabit. In Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, he uses a sophisticated political economic analysis to delineate the recent trajectory of capitalism and its ongoing degeneration. In exciting new research McChesney reveals how notions of democratic media are becoming central to activists around the world seeking to establish post-capitalist democracies. Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century also takes a fresh look at recent progressive political campaigns in the United States. While conveying complex ideas in a lively and accessible manner, McChesney demonstrates a very different and far superior world is not only necessary, but possible."--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Monthly Review Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781583674789
1583674780
Characteristics: 272 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

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Feb 10, 2015

McChesney has some interesting perspectives on some of the problems with contemporary democracies - but it seems mostly a rehash of what's been written elsewhere. He fails to present a coherent, sellable plan for how to remedy the problems (the hardest part).

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StarGladiator
Dec 11, 2014

Problem with McChesney is that he's quite gullible and naive, just recently evolving to where he is beginning to recognize that politicians aren't at the top level, the trillionaires are at the top level! His suggestions therefore fall into the nebulous and impotent category. My suggestions: first, immediately incorporate both statewide and federally, public banking system. Next, apolish the two parties who have rigged their system, and establish that votes will be on an individual basis. Next, publicly establish who the owners of the top banks, top oil companies, top defense contractors, et cetera, are.

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