Since Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal the Democrats have positioned themselves as the party of the workers and the poor in contrast to Republican plutocrats, but since Bill Clinton's tenure they too have jumped on the neoliberal sell-out bandwagon. America and the rest of the world breathed a sigh of relief at the end of Bush's Republican neocon nightmare but the Obama administration has shown itself to be largely commited to the same policies, if with less belligerence: Bush lite, HOPE unveiled as HYPE.
Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney (2013) Detailed look at the corrosive power of corporate money on U.S elections and media coverage.
Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank (2012) Lively look at how the American Right used the mythical "free market" to spin public outrage over the Wall Street bailouts into support for the Tea Party. Also Audiobook CD
The Obama Syndrome: Surrender At Home, War Abroad by Tariq Ali (2010) Details Obama's failure to provide a real change from Bush's policies.
The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule by Thomas Frank (2008) Chronicles the rise of the Republican right since Reagan, the distortions used to frame their agenda, and the damage done.
The Selling of ‘Free
Trade’: NAFTA, Washington and the Subversion of American Democracy by John R Macarthur (2000) Political manoeuvering in
the U.S. behind the push for NAFTA.
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