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Regime Change Begins at Home

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Since 1980, America has been run by a corporate regime that has co-opted both political parties and shifted sovereignty from "we the people" to trans-national corporations. The result has been job insecurity for millions of workers, debts as far as the eye can see, and a dangerous quest for global domination. Democracy itself has been undermined and the Constitution weakened. This regime must be overturned! And, as Charles Derber demonstrates in his provocative new book, it can be. After all, Derber points out, there have been other corporate regimes in American history, although this latest version is by far the most extreme. Still, the corporate regimes of the Gilded Age and Roaring Twenties were overturned. To create regime change again, it will require bold, creative strategies, uniting progressives and conservatives in a new politics, which Derber outlines in detail. Regime Change Begins at Home exposes the many lies the corporate regime has used to maintain itself throughout its history, from the Cold War to the Iraq war, with a particular emphasis on how the Bush administration has cynically sought to, as Condelezza Rice once put it, "capitalize on the opportunities" presented by 9/11. Derber reveals how the Bush administration has used the so-called "war on terror" to frighten and distract the public. But regime change is possible. In Part III, Derber lays out the vision of a new regime, describing the social movements now fighting to achieve it, and the major new political realignment-one spanning the traditional conservative-liberal divide-that can make it happen. Derber does not minimize the difficulty of the task ahead, but he offers hope and specific, sophisticated, often surprising advice for defeating the regime and returning America to its citizens.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER PAGE
  2. TITLE PAGE
  3. COPYRIGHT PAGE
  4. TO ELENA
  5. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  6. INTRODUCTION: WHEN BAD REGIMES HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
    1. MEET DAVID BILLINGSLY
  7. PART I: THE CORPORATE REGIME
    1. CHAPTER 1: THE SINS OF THE REGIME
    2. CHAPTER 2: SNOOZING, TIPPING, AND WAKING UP
      1. REGIME CHANGE WITH BALLOTS
      2. SNOOZE ELECTIONS
      3. TIPPING BUT NOT TOPPLING
    3. CHAPTER 3: NORMAL POLITICS ♦ ♦ ♦ NOT!
      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
  8. PART II: Extreme Regime
    1. CHAPTER 4: MARRY YOUR ENEMY
      1. BAD FAITH AT BIRTH: THE REGIME AND THE EVIL EMPIRE
      2. THE ODD COUPLE: WHY BUSH NEEDS BIN LADEN
      3. THE BUSH REVOLUTION FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
    2. CHAPTER 5: DOG-WAGGING WITH BUSH
      1. DOG-WAGGING AS SURVIVAL
      2. SEE BUSH WAG THE DOG
      3. THE GREAT DOG-WAG OF 2004
      4. THE BLOGS GET IT
    3. CHAPTER 6: THE PERFECT STORM
      1. REMEMBER VIETNAM
      2. DO YOU BELIEVE SADDAM HUSSEIN CAUSED 9/11 ?
      3. WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?
      4. NO EXIT: THE QUAGMIRE THAT COULD SINK A REGIME
      5. IRAQ’S LIBERATION: DEJA VU
      6. THE VIETNAM SYNDROME
    4. CHAPTER 7: ECONOGATE
      1. LYING ABOUT THE WAR AT HOME
      2. TAXING LIES
      3. LEAVE ALL AMERICANS BEHIND
    5. CHAPTER 8: THE RULES OF EXTREMISM
      1. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY CIVIL LIBERTIES?
      2. HOW MANY FLORIDAS DOES IT TAKE TO ELECT A PRESIDENT?
      3. CORPORATIONS AGAINST CAPITALISM: EXTREME ECONOMICS
      4. THE ANTI-CAPITALIST CORPORATE REGIME
  9. PART III: REGIME CHANGE
    1. CHAPTER 9: REGIME CHANGE BEGINS WITH YOU
      1. REMEMBER THE POPULISTS!
      2. THE NEW POPULISTS
      3. ADD DEMOCRACY TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THEN STIR
      4. DONKEY MOVEON
    2. CHAPTER 10: A NEW, OLD ROAD MAP FOR CHANGE
      1. TAKE DOWN THE PILLARS OF THE THIRD CORPORATE REGIME
      2. BUILDING NEW DEMOCRACY
      3. THE NEW DEMOCRACY PROGRAM
      4. ANSWERS TO YOUR HARD-NOSED QUESTIONS
    3. CHAPTER 11: REQUILTING THE BIG TENT
      1. CONSERVATIVES: SOUTHERNERS, SMALL BUSINESS, AND PICKUP-TRUCK DADS
      2. THE REAGAN DEMOCRATS: URBAN, ETHNIC, AND IMMIGRANT WORKERS
      3. SUBURBANITES AND EXURBANITES: SOFTWARE GEEKS, SOCCER MOMS, AND OUTER-CITY MINORITIES
      4. RELIGIOUS VOTERS: FUNDAMENTALISTS, CHRISTIAN ACTIVISTS, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKERS
      5. THE BASE CAMP AND “AGGRESSIVE PROGRESSIVES”: MINORITIES, WOMEN, LABOR, AND THE NEW SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
      6. THE BIG TENT AND YOU
  10. APPENDIX: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROMOTE REGIME CHANGE
  11. NOTES
  12. INDEX
  13. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  14. BERRETT-KOEHLER PUBLISHERS