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M. Levine

Jackson Heights, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Death of the Liberal Class

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Hedges
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Chris Hedges examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state and the consequences of a liberalism that has become profoundly bankrupted. Hedges argues that there are five pillars of the liberal establishment and that each of these institutions has sold out the constituents it represented. In doing so, the liberal class has become irrelevant to society at large and ultimately the corporate power elite they once served.

    M. Levine says: "Devastating analysis....."
    "Devastating analysis....."
    Overall

    This book is absolutely essential listening. Having said that, one must understand that it presents a remarkably pessimistic picture of where we (the U.S.) is right now and how we came to be there. It is a picture I find myself increasingly sharing (although I wish I didn't), but one that a lot of readers (and listeners) will find just TOO bleakly devastating. This is not, in and of itself, a bad thing, since Hedges's points are very well made, and if you disagree, you'll find that having to argue against those points will probably make you smarter. Since one of Hedges's points is that one of the main problems with our "culture" is massive--and quite deliberately engendered--historical ignorance and intellectual vapidity, this can't be bad.

    If you happen to be one of the enemy (and Hedges has no problem at all utilizing categories like "enemy," for sound reasons he makes very clear), you will be just too f-cking stupid to be able to get through the first twenty minutes.....

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sheldon S. Wolin
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Sheldon Wolin considers the unthinkable: has America unwittingly morphed into a new and strange kind of political hybrid, one where economic and state powers are conjoined and virtually unbridled? Can the nation check its descent into what the author terms "inverted totalitarianism"? Wolin portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive - and where elites are eager to keep them that way.

    M. Levine says: "Essential listening...."
    "Essential listening...."
    Overall

    Sheldon Wolin's recent work provides an absolutely essential theoretical underpinning for anyone who finds himself (or herself) suspecting that what's going on with the U.S. is really, really uncool. Unlike the well-known media fascisti, it welcomes some real historical knowledge (NOT the bullsh-t platitudes that pass for such) and provides a nuanced, balanced account (Wolin spent many years teaching political philosophy at some major universities) of how real power functions today. If you find writers like Chris Hedges compelling, Wolin is the next logical place to go.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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