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Fort Lauderdale, December 2006: Have Americans finally had enough of those weird Republican Party “values”? Have people finally grown tired of getting nowhere on the GOP’s “Kenny-Boy” policies that benefit only the wealthy?
Like a bad case of heartburn, Republican policies and values just seem to have a way of coming back. And like ostriches hiding their heads in the sand, we Americans have ignored, blinded ourselves to, and made excuses for any unpleasant indications of governmental malfeasance and dubious dealings. There have appeared, in the midst of our everyday lives, frightening signs of the power our government holds. James Polk’s newest book, Pathologies of Public America - The Triumph of Ignorance and Bliss offers one of the clearest indictments yet of the conservative/corporate power apparatus and its ideological base of dogmatic evangelical Christians.
Just when saner elements of the U.S. voting public had started to believe that the madness of supply-side Reaganomics was a thing of the past, Republicans hammered through an entire series of tax cuts benefiting the wealthy, while gutting fiscal stability and reducing what was once an economic powerhouse to the largest heap of debt the world has ever seen.
With its acceptance of deplorable means of interrogation, the extraordinary rendition of suspected enemies in secret prisons, and its outright rejection of global agreements on climate change, the administration of George W. Bush and its deep-pocketed backers in industry and finance have done more to undermine the moral integrity and weaken the political influence of the United States than many of our foes could ever have dreamed of.
A cutting examination of the overwhelmingly conservative elements of the American populace, Pathologies of Public America - The Triumph of Ignorance and Bliss critiques a mindset that spent millions impeaching a president caught with his pants down, while blithely ignoring the bitter reality of a more than questionable war.
About the Author:
Deeply influenced by both the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and twentieth-century phenomenology, James Polk pursued his graduate studies in philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. for work on Kant and Heidegger. Polk is a former fellow of the Heinrich Heine Stiftung für Philosophie und kritische Sozialwissenschaft and the author of Am Horizont der Zeit (Verlag Oberhofer). Previous publications also include a number of essays and translations in social philosophy and comparative social history. A native of northeastern Oklahoma, James Polk has lived in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.
Publication: Pathologies of Public America
Author: James Polk
Size: 7 x 10
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