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Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obamaby Eric Alterman
Synopses & Reviews
In this "agenda-setting" polemic, journalist and historian Eric Alterman explains what is really happening with the Obama presidency. While Obama's many compromises have disappointed liberals, Alterman argues that these concessions are largely due to a political system that is rigged against progressive change. These structural impediments to democracy have made the keeping of Obama's campaign promises all but impossible.
Brilliantly blending incisive political analysis with a clear agenda for change, Kabuki Democracy cuts through the cliches of conservative propaganda and lazy mainstream media analysis to demonstrate that genuine "change" will come to America only when people care enough to challenge the system.
The best-selling author argues that Obama's failure to deliver on his promises is due to a political system that stymies democracy when voters choose progressive change.
About the Author
Eric Alterman is Distinguished Professor of English and journalism at Brooklyn College and the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. He is the author of the national bestsellers What Liberal Media?, The Book on Bush (with Mark Green), and When Presidents Lie. He is media columnist for the Nation, a blogger for Media Matters for America, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and a history consultant to HBO Films.
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