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Hidden Power

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Political parties and elections are increasingly political theatre, with real power hidden behind a smokescreen of propaganda, carefully manipulated cultural and religious wars, and voting rituals. But there is another kind of hidden power in America: the grassroots social movements working for progressive change. If the Democratic Party can ally with these movements, America can be returned to its people. Derber sees American history as a succession of regimes, each spanning several administrations. Since the end of the Civil War, regimes of hidden power, in which corporate interests control both parties behind the scenes, have alternated with more open, inclusive and democratic regimes. Derber details how and why these hidden power systems finally collapsed and what determined the types of regimes that succeeded them. Hidden Power reveals how the current regime, possibly the most corporate in history, has maintained power by intensifying the red/blue culture wars, supporting religious extremists, exploiting terrorism fears, and manipulating the electoral process. Will this latest corporate regime be replaced by one that is more progressive? Or it could turn even further right and yield to something even worse, a uniquely American form of fascism? The best hope for positive change lies in an alliance between the Democratic Party and the grass roots progressive movements that, Derber shows, have always been the catalysts for change. Hidden Power concludes with an impassioned argument for why this would be in the Democrats' best interests, as well as the country's, and a detailed program for exactly how to go about it. Thoughtful, eloquent, and compelling, Hidden Power offers real hope for restoring genuine democracy to America.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER PAGE
  2. TITLE PAGE
  3. COPYRIGHT PAGE
  4. OTHER BOOKS BY CHARLES DERBER
  5. TO MY STUDENTS
  6. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  7. INTRODUCTION: WHO REALLY RULES AMERICA
    1. THE REGIME
    2. FROM THE ELECTION TRAP TO REGIME CHANGE
    3. HIDDEN POWER, DEMOCRACY, AND HEGEMONY
    4. WHERE WE GO FROM HERE
  8. CHAPTER 1: AMERICAN REGIMES
    1. THE FIRST CORPORATE REGIME
    2. THE PROGRESSIVE REGIME
    3. THE SECOND CORPORATE REGIME
    4. THE NEW DEAL REGIME
  9. CHAPTER 2: THE POWERS THAT BE
    1. ENTER THE THIRD CORPORATE REGIME
  10. CHAPTER 3: THE RULES OF CHANGE
    1. RULE 1: EMBRACE DEFEAT
    2. RULE 2: PLAY OFFENSE, THINK BIG
    3. RULE 3: MAKE YOUR PARTY A SOCIAL MOVEMENT
    4. RULE 4: IT’S ALL ABOUT CREDIBILITY
  11. CHAPTER 4: CRACKS IN THE REGIME
    1. WHY REGIMES CRACK UP
    2. HISTORY OF A CRACK UP
    3. CRACKS IN THE THIRD CORPORATE REGIME
  12. CHAPTER 5: BLACK MAGIC
    1. CIVILIZATION UNDER THREAT
    2. THE ALIEN ESTABLISHMENT
    3. PERMANENT WAR
    4. THE ELECTION TRAP AND THE RED/BLUE DIVIDE
  13. CHAPTER 6: FASCISM LITE
    1. THE PROPHET OF AMERICAN FASCISM
    2. CAUSES AND CATALYSTS
    3. FASCISM TODAY
    4. WARNING SIGNS
  14. CHAPTER 7: THE AMERICAN RECIPE FOR CHANGE
    1. REMEMBER THE POPULISTS!
    2. THE PROGRESSIVES
    3. THE NEW PROGRESSIVE POPULISTS
  15. CHAPTER 8: WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE DEMOCRATS?
    1. THE PARTY JOINS THE REGIME
  16. CHAPTER 9: A CURE FOR THE BLUES
    1. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY GETS A MAKEOVER
    2. WHY THE DEMOCRATS MIGHT TAKE THE CURE
  17. CHAPTER 10: SAVING DEMOCRACY
    1. PULL EM DOWN
    2. BUILD IT UP
    3. THE NEW DEMOCRACY PROGRAM
    4. ANSWERS TO YOUR HARD-NOSED QUESTIONS
  18. APPENDIX I: WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
  19. APPENDIX II: OR GANIZATIONS TO JOIN
  20. APPENDIX III: MAGAZINES
  21. NOTES
  22. INDEX
  23. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  24. ABOUT BERRETT-KOEHLER PUBLISHERS
  25. BE CONNECTED