To keep it that way, the Citizens United case allowed unlimited amounts of money to be contributed to political campaigns. My problems had nothing to do with the quality of the book. So maybe all their efforts are doomed to failure. Indeed, it was very well-written. While this contains comprehensive notes on research, I wonder if some liberal abuses were missed - e.
My problems had nothing to do with the quality of the book. And he travels from Rust Belt cities to southern towns to show us how these efforts are hurting the most vulnerable Americans and preventing progress on pressing issues. There are references in the back. Conservatives are now outspoken that popular democracy is not social good, but rather that for the good of the country, voting needs to be difficult and restricted to people of higher sophistication and social standing. It's very interesting to see how Roth frames fundamental democracy and voting rights as an issue that separates the left and the right - and the more I think about it, the more that I believe this is an issue becoming more and more partisan I even seem to recall Fox News hos The more I learn about the right wing's voter suppression efforts, the more I get anxious about the future of our democracy - particularly given the stolen Supreme Court seat that Gorsuch took after this book was published.
He also explains how this wariness is affecting our ability to interact with government. Roth''s succinct, well-written report examines disparate events and rulings of the past decade, arguing that conservative efforts to thwart the popular will have gone beyond partisan politics and are dismissive of the democratic process. The author does a great job in explaining them, the philosophy behind what's going on, how it affects our democracy, and how the two are inevitably tied together. Quick topic summary: Voting who should have the right? Control of the country is up for grabs--and Republicans have been rigging the game in their favor. Fairly short book, quite timely.
Firstly, I'm glad it exists. However, I think this book could have benefited from being longer, giving itself space to dive deeper into tactics from the elite on not just the conservative side but the liberal side too that seek to unde Interesting. So I'd recommend picking this up at the local library if you remain interested in the subject. A sharp, searing polemic in the tradition of Rachel Maddow and Matt Taibbi, The Great Suppression is an urgent wake-up call about a threat to our most cherished values, and a rousing argument for why we need democracy now more than ever. There has been change in conservative tactics, but Roth hasn't fully accepted the true Constitution. The middle is where it's at man. Its signature strength is to identify the actors who hatched and promoted policies that chip away at democratic institutions and practices.
This reflects a difference in emphasis between conservatives and progressives. And he travels from Rust Belt cities to southern towns to show us how these efforts are hurting the most vulnerable Americans and preventing progress on pressing issues. Roth's succinct, well-written report examines disparate events and rulings of the past decade, arguing that conservative efforts to thwart the popular will have gone beyond partisan politics and are dismissive of the democratic process. There are statistics, reporting, anecdotes that all bear this out. Conservatives and libertarians put property rights at a much higher priority than most people do.
At one point during this read, I sent a Facebook message telling the author that I had to keep putting his book down. The research and references were thorough, and the writing was not just for an academic audience. But he also lifts up recent successes in expanding voting rights and reducing money in politics, suggesting hope for a path forward. One of the book's first examples of overturning local laws had to do with a local law against fracking within the town. Some amendments have changed voting and selection of Senators, but rules blocking majority will over the rich generally remain - and this Constitutional bias is very hard to change.
As reporter Zachary Roth reveals, a growing number of Republicans distrust the very idea of democracy:and they're doing everything they can to limit it. Roth mixes scenes from contemporary America, that resonate emotionally and intellectually, with fascinating historical anecdote. I agree with some critical reviews out there: the book is too long at about 180 pages. . Indeed, it was very well-written. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has eviscerated campaign finance laws, boosting candidates backed by big money.
But the reality is even more disturbing: a growing number of Republicans distrust the very idea of democracy--and they're doing everything they can to limit it. Speaking of corporations, Roth also dedicates a lot of time to campaign finance, the nitty-gritty of which might bore the casual reader, but is necessary reading for anybody who wants to understand how the 1% use their money to buy the political landscape they want. How many ways is our democracy flawed? Zachary Roth''s book about the deliberate campaign to transform our democracy into an oligarchy is lucid and compelling, and could hardly be more urgent. Quick topic summary: Voting who should have the right? Which unfortunately was a bit of a detriment for the book. Control of the country is up for grabs—and Republicans have been rigging the game in their favor. It's also very topical so if you want to read something directly related to the election or to get ready for the next one this would be quite fitting. Found myself reading a chapter and then putting the book down to contemplate, and occasionally seethe.