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Hidden Power

Book Description

American democracy, argues Charles Derber, is being subverted in the name of democracy itself. Derber shows how the current regime has maintained power by intensifying the red/blue culture wars—supporting religious extremists, exploiting terrorism fears, and manipulating the electoral process. And he reveals our best hope for positive change: an alliance between the Democratic Party and another source of hidden power—the grass roots progressive movements that have always been catalysts for change. 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