Is America Necessary? Conservative, Liberal, & Socialist Perspectives of United States Political Institutions

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17 Political programs

In a departure from the format followed in the preceding sections--that of selecting one essay to delineate each of the three political perspectives--the reader will have an opportunity to read a wider range of articles, and to formulate his or her own conclusions as to which of these readings presents a conservative, liberal, or socialist perspective.

This will not only be a valuable exercise in demonstrating what was learned from a careful reading and analysis of the previous chapters, but should also provide firm bases for future studies in political science. For it will be seen that categorization is a difficult task and that, in fact, in more cases than not the classification of materials or authors exemplifying one particular viewpoint will be difficult. For example, within one single essay an author may propose certain techniques easily identifiable as liberal, and at the same time promulgate theories which are much more at home within the realm of socialism. The reader will also, no doubt, when embarking on more extensive reading, find that some of these same thinkers will--on different political issues--treat one with conservative prescriptions and another with liberal remedies.

The questions brought to mind by a thorough reading of the following political strategies are endless. But it is the editors' hope that by presenting a broad choice, certain solutions will assume precedence, and the reader's ideas and options will become crystallized enough so that a clearer understanding of one's own role and thinking, and of political science as a viable tool in our society will be achieved.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One 15
  • 1 - Where Do I Stand? 17
  • Conservative 21
  • Conclusion 28
  • Socialist 44
  • Notes 46
  • Part Two 57
  • 2 - The Presidency 61
  • Conservative 67
  • Socialist 79
  • Notes 85
  • 3 - The Pentagon 101
  • Conservative 107
  • Socialist 117
  • 4 - The Secret Police 133
  • Conservative 139
  • Socialist 152
  • Notes 160
  • Part Three 167
  • 5 - Elite Clubs and Associations 169
  • Conservative 173
  • Notes 184
  • Notes 192
  • 6 - Multinational Corporations 209
  • Conservative 213
  • Socialist 221
  • Notes 244
  • 7 - Organized Crime 257
  • Conservative 259
  • Socialist 264
  • Part Four 283
  • 8 - Congress 285
  • Conservative 289
  • Socialist 296
  • Notes 303
  • 9 - The Courts 315
  • Conservative 319
  • Socialist 330
  • Notes 337
  • 10 - Regulatory Agencies 347
  • Conservative 349
  • Socialist 361
  • Notes 369
  • Political Parties 385
  • Conservative 387
  • Liberal 396
  • Conclusion 410
  • 12 - Academia 413
  • Conservative 416
  • References 427
  • Notes 434
  • Part Five 449
  • 13 - The Media 451
  • Conservative 453
  • Liberal 467
  • Notes 474
  • 14 - Banks 483
  • Conservative The Great Banking Retreat. 485
  • Socialist 489
  • Notes 497
  • 15 - Unions 511
  • Conservative 513
  • Notes 519
  • A Critical Issue 537
  • 16 - The Economic Crisis 539
  • Conservative 542
  • Socialist 544
  • Notes 550
  • Part Seven 557
  • 17 - Political Programs 567
  • Louis Banks. the Mission Of Our Business Society. 568
  • Ralph Nader and Donald Ross. Toward an Initiatory Democracy. 576
  • Stanley Aronowitz. On Organization: A Good Party Is Hard to Find. 581
  • Mass Parties and Reformism 587
  • Notes 596
  • Fred R. Harris. Up With Those Who'Re Down. 602
  • Part Eight 613
  • Appendix 621
  • Note 644
  • Index 649
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