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Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama


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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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Flora55, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by Flora55)
I am a longtime Alterman fan,and in this new book he systematically takes apart the tangled knot that is our system of government and with each loose strand he explains what is wrong and how it can realistically be improved. Everyone who wants REAL change in Congress and thinks that our corrupt, deadlocked and partisan sysytem needs a truly progressive makeover needs to read it.

Eric Alterman is one of the most reasoned and logical writers and media critics we have, and his patient explanations and workable ideas are a soothing balm for anyone who is sick of the foaming-at-the-mouth extremisim of the right wing "news" media. Reading about how Congress really works is not pretty, but it's necessary, and Mr. Alterman's incisive style is as good as it gets for when we have to take our dose of reality medicine. Drink up!
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Alterman, Eric
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Practical Politics
Political Process - General
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