14 Jul 2013

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Christopher S. Parker, Matt Barreto, Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America

In Change They Can’t Believe in: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America, Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto have authored what is sure to be one of the most authoritative studies of the Tea Party phenomenon. It is a book worth reading by anyone who wants to understand the values and philosophy driving right wing and Republican politics today. The heart of Parker and Barreto’s work could be summarized by this quote, describing the motives driving Tea Party true believers: “support for the Tea Party captures the perceived existential threat to the mainly white, middle aged, middle class, largely male slice of America represented by the Obama presidency. Support for the Tea Party, in short, represents reactionary conservatism. Reactionary conservatism is a predisposition motivated by the anxiety associated with the perception that real Americans are losing their country” (p. 126). The book is sure to draw huge controversy for its thesis, but then again, any relevant book relevant to these polarizing times certainly should.

22 Sep 2010

The Permanent War Economy: What’s Really Behind the U.S.-Saudi Military Alliance

An analysis of the recent U.S.-Saudi military deal, and what domestic forces are driving this strategic relationship.

16 Sep 2010

Taking on Trickle-Down Economics: The Public Rejects Conservative Tax Cuts as a Means of Economic Stimulus

The public is widely opposed to the idea of extending tax cuts for the rich. One wouldn’t know this, however, from listening to Republicans in the media who frame the public as conservative on economic issues.

08 Sep 2010

Participation Crisis: The Left is in for a Rude Awakening this Fall

This article describes the decline of electoral participation among the young and minorities and the implications for the midterms

04 Sep 2010

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Paul Street, The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power

Paul Street’s new book, The Empire’s New Clothes, closely examines the first year of the Obama administration, critically evaluating it within a context of strong liberal-Democratic support and fierce – even hysterical right-wing opposition. Barack Obama is seen very differently by Americans. Many see him as a symbol of how far America has come since the days of openly-supported racial segregation and the terroristic violence directed against the black community. Others see Obama as a dangerous “socialist/Marxist” who is threatening the American middle class and crippling future generations with “big government” and “unsustainable” debt.