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Gag Rule : On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy - xx edition

Gag Rule : On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy ()

Summary: Dissent is Democracy. Democracy is in Trouble. Never before, Lewis Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation, so marginalized and muted by a government that recklessly disregards civil liberties, and by an ever more concentrated and profit-driven media in which the safe and the salable sweep all uncomfortable truths from view. In the midst of the "war on terror" -- which makes the hunt for Communists in the 1950 mores look, in its clarity of aim and purpose, like the Normandy landings on D-Day -- we face a crisis of democracy as serious as any in our history. The Bush administration makes no secret of its contempt for a cowed and largely silenced electorate, and without bothering to conceal its purpose the government coordinates "not the defense of the American citizenry against a foreign enemy but the protection of the American plutocracy from the American democracy." Gag Rule is a rousing and necessary call to action in defense of one of our most important liberties, the right to raise our voices in dissent and have those voices heard. less

Edition/Copyright: XX
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Year Published: 2004
International: No

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