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A Dime's Worth of Difference

A Dime's Worth of Difference

Beyond The Lesser Of Two Evils

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Every four years as the presidential elections approach, the alarm bell clangs for progressive-minded people, warning them about the looming take-over of the country by Republican ultras intent on yoking the nation under a fascist regime. Every four years, the Democratic Party offers itself as the only bulwark against the jackboot. Every four years, the argument becomes more and more labored, the differences between the two parties harder to detect. "There ain't a dime's worth of difference between them." That's how the great Waylon Jennings described the two parties back in the early 80s. A dime isn't worth what it was back then.

Across a range of issues, from civil rights and the drug war to job-slashing trade pacts and health care, the Democrats and Republicans have swum into tight harmony. In this tightly written volume, the editors and writers of CounterPunch reveal how each party is fattened by the same roster of corporate contributors; bows to the desires of defense contractors and media conglomerates; hawks an economic program that shifts money up the tree to the super-rich; imprisons the poor with starvation wages or puts them behind bars in a vast gulag mostly created by that bipartisan failure, the War on Drugs; and cheerlead each other's imperial wars. The Democratic Party, which often markets itself as the lesser evil, is the graveyard of movements for social change. The message of this book is: don't put the cart before the horse. First come the ideals and the social movements that create the gravitational pulls that politicians have to heed. Justice won't come to America just because some candidate pledged it on the final night of a convention. It will come through peoples' movements, citizens organizing together in the workplace, or on the front lines defending their air, their water, and their forests. There's work to be done. Let's get to it.

 

Contributors include Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair, Bruce Anderson, Robin Blackburn, Andrew Cockburn, Michael Donnelly, Gabriel Kolko, Steve Perry, Vijay Prishad, JoAnn Wypijewski, and more.

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