Where Do We Go from Here?

Where Do We Go from Here? : American Democracy and the Renewal of the Radical Imagination

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Progressive politics has long been in crisis in the United States. As the radical Left realizes the dire consequences of defining themselves solely by what they are against, this collection challenges leading engaged academics and activists to show how radical politics can lead to a more fruitful democracy. Dealing with pressing issues of the day such as health care, race, immigration, religion, foreign policy, unions, feminism, liberalism, education, and the media, this edited volume looks at the prospects for a progressive turn in U.S. politics. In doing so, it hopes to inspire the radical imagination by showing where we can go from here. As technology continues to enable greater access to ideas around the world, the power of intellectuals is greater than ever. And given that the world is full of crushing poverty, sexism, uneven development, environmental degeneration, religious fanaticism, racism, and imperialism, the need for intellectuals to inspire the radical imagination by championing principles of economic and social justice, democracy, and universality is also greater than ever. However, political visions are required to guide that struggle. This is the aim of this book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739137182
  • 9780739137185

Table of contents

Part 1 Part I: The Global Imagination Chapter 2 1 Democracy, Foreign Policy, and War Chapter 3 2 Immigration Policy: A View from the Left Part 4 Part II: The Domestic Policy Imagination Chapter 5 3 From Private Profits to Public Goods? A Human Rights Assessment of Health Care Reform Chapter 6 4 Higher Education: Reclaiming the University as a Democratic Public Sphere Chapter 7 5 The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers Chapter 8 6 Charlie Brown, Machiavelli, and Labor's Passive Revolution Part 9 Part III: Beyond Policy Chapter 10 7 Radical Feminism in the Age of Choice Chapter 11 8 Religion, Spirituality, and the Progressive Imagination Chapter 12 9 Race and Democracy: The American Oxymoron Chapter 13 10 Sketching a More Progressive Public Philosophy: The Theory of Republican Modernity
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Those of us rooted in radical critiques of unjust and unsustainable systems are often told we must moderate our views to be practical. The authors in this volume remind us that an honest assessment of contemporary crises makes it clear that the only practical strategies to create a more just and sustainable world are, in fact, the ones rooted in radical thinking. These essays draw on the best of the past thinking and articulate new directions in which we need to go. -- Robert Jensen, Director of the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin Mark Major has assembled an impressive collection of radical thinkers, each of whom points the way towards creation of a new, more democratic, more humane and less imperialist America. Read it, and then get to work! -- Dave Lindorff, veteran journalist and author of The Case for Impeachment
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About Mark Major

Mark Major is a is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University.
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