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eBook Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy ePub

by William Greider

  • ISBN: 067168891X
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: William Greider
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (May 15, 1992)
  • Pages: 464
  • ePub book: 1475 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1672 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 697

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The Nation William Greider has given us the most subtle interpretation of contemporary American political culture yet to. .The most admirable aspect of Who Will Tell The People, in my estimation, is Greider's relentless optimism

The Nation William Greider has given us the most subtle interpretation of contemporary American political culture yet to appear in print. Who Will Tell the People is a call to action. The most admirable aspect of Who Will Tell The People, in my estimation, is Greider's relentless optimism. Some of us understand that government will never fully get it right until the King reigns in the coming age.

William Harold Greider (August 6, 1936 – December 25, 2019) was an American journalist and author who wrote primarily about economics

William Harold Greider (August 6, 1936 – December 25, 2019) was an American journalist and author who wrote primarily about economics. Greider was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 6, 1936 to Harold William Greider, a chemist, and Gladys (McClure) Greider, a writer, and raised in Wyoming, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb. William Greider went on to study at Princeton University, receiving a .

Greider explains exactly how this has come to pass. In 1982 the article was included in a book, The Education of David Stockman and Other Americans

Greider explains exactly how this has come to pass. And where are the institutions designed to represent the people? Where are the unions? The political parties? The press? Gone, Greider writes, ortransformed so radically that they no longer speak faithfully for the people. Citizen action is reduced to media stunts designed for shock value. In 1982 the article was included in a book, The Education of David Stockman and Other Americans. William Harold Greider was born in 1936 and graduated from Princeton University in 1958.

Includes bibliographical references and index. Mock democracy ; Well-kept secrets ; Bait and switch ; The grand bazaar ; Hollow laws ; The fixers - How may the people speak to power?

Includes bibliographical references and index. Mock democracy ; Well-kept secrets ; Bait and switch ; The grand bazaar ; Hollow laws ; The fixers - How may the people speak to power? The politics of "rude and crude" ; Political orphans ; Class conflict ; Democratic promise - Mediating voices. Who owns the Democrats? ; Rancid populism ; Angle of vision ; The lost generation ; Citizen GE - Triumph and loss. Crackpot realism ; The closet dictator - Conclusion: The American moment.

a book by William Greider. Greider is the swinging banjo in the movie Deliverance, forewarning us of grave repercussions should we continue to betray democracy and its principles. In this brilliant, thoughtful challenge to American democracy, Greider says: ìThe most troubling proposition in this book is that the self-correcting mechanisms of politics are no longer working. Most of them are still in place and functioning but, for the most part, do not produced the expected results.

The Betrayal Of American Democracy. This is democracy and it costs a fortune

The Betrayal Of American Democracy. This is democracy and it costs a fortune. Democracy-for-hire smothers the contemporary political debates and, while it does not always prevail, relatively few Americans have the resources to hire a voice for themselves. David Cohen of the Advocacy Institute, which trains citizens in how to lobby for their causes, recognizes a kind of class system emerging in the political process itself.

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His compelling inquiry is especially timely in an election year. Please tell us how we can improve it.

Describes the reality of the Washington decision-making process

Comments

Lanionge Lanionge
Reading this book in 2015 may be pointless since all the worst things Greider warned about have come to pass in spades. But it's still a necessary read for anyone wanting to understand how a tool like Brian Williams or Bill O'Really? could ever be viewed as journalists. Or how the press went from being the watchdog of power, to being the Man's well-trained lapdog.
Chankane Chankane
In trying to understand the modern day world - governments, societies, and general direction of the civilization - I found myself very confused. I wanted to find a professor who could get me up to speed on what is really going on in the world around me. As you know one must choose selectively because there are "so many books and so little time". Consequently I have chosen William Greider as my "Civics" professor.
I have finished my third book by William Greider this morning, "Who Will Tell the People." I thought that to be a wonderful title for a book. I have been asking myself that same questions on many different subjects for many years. If you have also been wondering "Who Will Tell the People", I think I can tell you quite sincerely that one of the people who will tell the people is certainly William Greider.
This book is about Washington, "K" street and the money, games and influence. I thought that I knew about all that stuff but unfortunately I didn't know the half of it.

Richard Edward Noble - The Hobo Philosopher - Author of:

America On Strike - A survey of Labor strikes in America.
Rare Rare
A very detailed prospective on American politics and provides examples of how the Washington political system has been corrupted by money on both sides. This is not a new issue. It has simply achiev d new heights in Washington.
PanshyR PanshyR
If you are prone to getting angry. Don't read this book. It is a look at how the less that rich have been used and abused since the start of the republic. I'm not against anyone getting rich. In fact I think I might like to try it someday. I am against the rich being able to change the rules of the game or as in this case writing the rules right from the beginning.
Washington Washington
A must read by all if you really want to know how the system works!
Lestony Lestony
William Greider is a good writer and this was an excellent read- in 1992. Many of the complaints he has- such as a regressive tax code- are less applicable after the Clinton years. I just couldn't get into the S&L scandals anymore. Old news.
This is not to say there is nothing of value in the book. Greider does talk eloquently of the corruption of the political process by big money. I think the best part of the book is "Rancid Populism," a chapter on the Republicans' constant betrayal of the middle class and poor at the hands of the wealthy.

Perhaps this book needed an updated edition for the 21st century. Much of it seemed irrelevant today. Who cares whether Henry Gonzales (former Congressman) does on his Saturday nights?
Mr_NiCkNaMe Mr_NiCkNaMe
Book was to arrive from Ohio to Wisconsin March 3-10. Finally arrived on 3/15/2017. Was in good condition as described.
Greider employs a thoughtful structure by starting Who Will Tell The People with the topic of the mutual contempt between the governed and the authorities, and ending it with the essential core of democracy which is mutual respect. Greider's optimism exists despite his detailed awareness of many of the persistent impediments to effective human governance. In his own words, this book is, on one level, "...an attempt to explain the antidemocratic conditions that deform American politics" [page 406] and to expose the "...dissonance between fact and faith" [page 11].

To what extent did he reach that goal? In the context of exposing the influence of corporate selfishness and various other special interest groups, he succeeds on more than one level. He covers the trends, and gives specific and well documented examples as well. His footnotes and index are extensive, and his insightful writing style is precise and readable. I read the early 1992 edition, but was not left with the impression that too much of the content was out-dated. Indeed, from the perspective of principle, it rings as true today as the day it was written. And many events which unfolded after he published illustrated the very issues he was exposing.

Missing from this book, however, is any mention of the deeper problem of hidden scoundrels whose influence is also profound. For such omissions, one star is deducted. Perhaps the closest he gets to mentioning this facet of the reality appears on page 408 where he wrote: "...America has its full quota of fools and scoundrels." The omissions are, for some of us, glaring due to its relevance to the topic. There is no mention of Bilderberg or any of the other secretive groups and spurious mechanisms employed by the worst power mongers. The best analogy I can apply is that this book could be compared to a sermon series that thoroughly exposed sin-nature in men, but never mentioned the devil. As if no spirit realm even existed. Greider also never clarifies that the USA is a republic. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance to yourself, and notice that the word democracy is not included. It may be considered a technicality by some, but I believe it really could have been addressed in a book of this nature.

Since Who Will Tell The People omits the more conspiratorial power brokers, it is the perfect book to recommend to people who dismiss the idea of conspiracies by default, and are still trapped in the thinking that American government always does whatever it does for the benefit of the populace. Greider's book will leave such folks comfortable with no challenge to the former, but will firmly shake them loose from the latter.

The most admirable aspect of Who Will Tell The People, in my estimation, is Greider's relentless optimism. Some of us understand that government will never fully get it right until the King reigns in the coming age. But that does not mean that we should throw up our hands in disgust and withdraw from political concerns of any kind. Greider reveals, in detail, many of the problems we face, but also insists that solutions that have the potential to correct a dark trajectory exist and that they can and should be utilized. He also explains and documents by historical examples that we citizens hold more power in our hands than we have often been led to believe.

Both the hidden cabal and the unhidden special interest groups routinely pound the propaganda drums of the liberal / conservative divide specifically to undermine the type of mutual respect that would allow citizens to unite against concealed treachery. Keep the people fighting among themselves, they plot, and they'll never think to oppose us. Greider missed part of this. He saw the problems of disunity, lack of insight, and lack of respect, but did not fully see enough of the power manipulations hidden in the undercurrents. But, he was aware that real change does not come from the top. Real change in politics is the result of an upsurge from organized and informed citizens acting in concert despite their differences. This is the force that engenders justice and can be corrective of corruption. We should never expect good changes from the positions of authority which are most vulnerable to corruption. It's simply far too rare.

Anger about the persistent and obstinate dissonance between the idea of America and the reality of America is only beneficial if it prompts citizens to understand that we all possess the right to help define the destiny of our nation. Anger that merely confirms the disconnect between leadership and the governed leads to cynicism that atrophies the power of citizenry. Greider implores us all to educate ourselves and make the best choices going forward.

Or, we could just play video games (and more) to keep our individual entertainment enthroned. It's our choice.