You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom

By Nick Cohen

The uncompromising Nick Cohen exposes the truth at the back of the freedoms we take pleasure in within the e-book that received Polemic of the yr on the 2013 Political publication Awards. After the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the cave in of Communism, and the appearance of the internet which allowed for even the smallest voice to be heard, in all places you grew to become you have been advised that we have been dwelling in an age of unheard of freedom. 'You cannot learn This e-book' argues that this view is dangerously naive. From the revolution in Iran that wasn't, to the nice Firewall of China and the imposition of super-injunctions from the wealthy conserving their privateness, the normal rivals of freedom of speech - non secular fanaticism, plutocratic strength and dictatorial states - are thriving and in lots of respects discovering the area a more well-off position within the early twenty first century than they did within the past due twentieth.

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E.T.A. Hoffman - Gesammelte Werke

By E. T. A. Hoffmann

Das literarische Werk von E. T. A. Hoffmann ist eines der schönsten Gewächse der Romantik. Es kehrt sich ab vom Vernunftglauben und erfindet eine Welt voller nachtschwarzer und phantastischer Erscheinungsformen. Hoffmann, der als Jurist tätig struggle und eigentlich Kapellmeister werden wollte, struggle ein früher Meister der Schauerliteratur. Mit grenzenloser Erfindungsgabe erkundete er die Tiefen des Seelenlebens, wie einige seiner besten hier versammelten Werke belegen: 'Nussknacker und Mausekönig', 'Der Sandmann', 'Das Fräulein von Scuderi', 'Der goldene Topf' und viele mehr.

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The American South and the Vietnam War: Belligerence, Protest, and Agony in Dixie (Studies In Conflict Diplomacy Peace)

To completely understand the Vietnam warfare, it truly is necessary to comprehend the valuable position that southerners performed within the nation's dedication to the conflict, within the conflict's length, and within the combating itself. President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and Secretary of country Dean Rusk of Georgia oversaw the dramatic escalation of U.S. army involvement from 1965 via 1968. normal William Westmoreland, born and raised in South Carolina, commanded U.S. forces in the course of many of the Johnson presidency. generally supported via their parts, southern legislators jointly supplied the main liable help for warfare investment and unwavering competition to measures designed to hasten U.S. withdrawal from the clash. furthermore, southerners served, died, and have been presented the Medal of Honor in numbers considerably disproportionate to their states' populations.

In The American South and the Vietnam War, Joseph A. Fry demonstrates how Dixie's majority pro-war stance derived from a bunch of highly nearby values, views, and pursuits. He additionally considers the perspectives of the dissenters, from pupil protesters to legislators reminiscent of J. William Fulbright, Albert Gore Sr., and John Sherman Cooper, who labored within the corridors of energy to finish the clash, and civil rights activists equivalent to Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Julian Bond, who have been one of the nation's such a lot outspoken critics of the warfare. Fry's cutting edge and masterful learn attracts on coverage research and polling info in addition to oral histories, transcripts, and letters to light up not just the South's effect on international kin, but in addition the non-public expenses of struggle at the domestic entrance.

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One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy

By Thomas Frank

In a ebook that has been elevating hackles in all places, the social critic Thomas Frank skewers the most sacred cows of the go-go '90s: the concept the recent free-market economic system is nice for everybody.

Frank's objective is "market populism"--the largely held trust that markets are a extra democratic type of association than democratically elected governments. Refuting the concept billionaire CEOs are looking for the pursuits of the little man, he argues that "the nice euphoria of the past due nineties was once by no means as a lot concerning the go back of fine instances because it was once the giddy triumph of 1 the USA over another." Frank is a latter-day Mencken, as readers of his magazine The Baffler and his booklet The Conquest of Cool recognize. With incisive research, passionate advocacy, and razor-sharp wit, he asks the place we?re headed-and no matter if we'll love it after we get there.

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Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis: The Uncertain Future of Capitalism

In this provocative examine, economist Ernesto Screpanti argues that imperialism—far from disappearing or mutating right into a benign “globalization”—has in reality entered a brand new part, which he phrases “global imperialism.” this can be a part outlined via multinational organizations become independent from from the geographical region framework and loose to chase earnings over the full floor of the globe. not depending on geographical regions for development a political consensus that comprises capital accumulation, those organisations search to bend governments to their will and ruin limitations to the loose flow of capital. And whereas army strength keeps to play a big position in imperial procedure, it's the self-discipline of the worldwide industry that retains staff in money by means of pitting them opposed to one another it doesn't matter what their nationwide foundation. this can be a global within which the so-called “labor aristocracies” of the wealthy countries are demolished, the facility of states to implement exams on capital is sapped, and international enterprises are unfastened to pursue their monomaniacal quest for gains unfettered via nationwide allegiance.

Screpanti delves into the internal workings of worldwide imperialism, explaining the way it isn't like prior kinds of imperialism, how the worldwide distribution of wages is altering, and why multinational agencies have strained to damage freed from nationwide markets. He sees international imperialism as a constructing procedure, one with out convinced consequence. yet something is obvious: while fiscal crises develop into possibilities to self-discipline employees, and while fiscal regulations are imposed via more and more authoritarian measures, the imaginative and prescient of a democratic and humane global is what's finally at stake.

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They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague

By Slavenka Drakulic

"Who have been they? usual humans such as you or me—or monsters?” asks the world over acclaimed writer Slavenka Drakulic as she units out to appreciate the folks in the back of the awful crimes devoted in the course of the conflict that tore aside Yugoslavia within the Nineteen Nineties. Drawing on firsthand observations of the pains, in addition to on different assets, Drakulic portrays a few of the contributors accused of homicide, rape, torture, ordering executions, and extra in the course of essentially the most brutal conflicts in Europe within the 20th century, together with former Serbian president Slobodan Miloševic; Radislav Krstic, the 1st to be sentenced for genocide; Biljana Plavšic, the one girl accused of battle crimes; and Ratko Mladic, now in hiding. With readability and emotion, Drakulic  paints a wrenching portrait of a rustic needlessly torn aside.

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Foreign Direct Investment: Analysis of Aggregate Flows

By Assaf Razin

The Nineties observed worldwide flows of international direct funding bring up a few sevenfold, spurring economists to discover FDI from a micro- or trade-based standpoint. Foreign Direct Investment is without doubt one of the first books to research the macroeconomics of FDI, treating FDI as a different type of foreign capital stream among particular pairs of countries.

via reading the determinants of the mixture flows of FDI on the bilateral, source-host-country point, Assaf Razin and Efraim Sadka current the 1st systematic worldwide research of the singular gains of FDI flows. Drawing on a wealth of unpolluted info, they supply new theoretical types and empirical options that remove darkness from the important country-pair features that force those flows. Uniquely, Foreign Direct Investment examines FDI among constructed and constructing nations, and never simply among constructed nations. between many different insights, the ebook indicates that tax festival vis-à-vis FDI don't need to bring about a "race to the bottom." Foreign Direct Investment is an important source for graduate scholars, lecturers, and coverage professionals.

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Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk

The 2012 election could be one of many hardest-fought in U.S. heritage. it's also more likely to be one of many closest, a undeniable fact that brings matters approximately voter fraud and bureaucratic incompetence within the behavior of elections entrance and heart. If we do not take observe, lets see one other debacle just like the Bush-Gore Florida recount of 2000 during which courts and attorneys intervened in what must have concerned simply voters.

Who's Counting? will concentration cognizance on many difficulties of our election process, starting from voter fraud to a clumsy approach of vote counting that famous political scientist Walter Dean Burnham calls “the so much careless of the built world.” with a purpose to freshen up our election legislation, decrease fraud and elevate public self assurance within the integrity of the balloting process, many states starting from Georgia to Wisconsin have handed legislation requiring a photograph identity be proven on the polls and curtailing the rampant use of absentee ballots, a device of selection by means of fraudsters. The reaction from Obama allies has been to belittle the necessity for such legislation and assault them as such as the second one coming of a racist tide in American lifestyles. in the summertime of 2011, either invoice Clinton and DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz preposterously claimed that such legislation suppressed minority citizens and represented a go back to the period of Jim Crow.

But voter fraud is a well-documented fact in American elections. simply this yr, a sheriff and county clerk in West Virginia pleaded responsible to stuffing poll packing containers with fraudulent absentee ballots that modified the end result of an election. In 2005, a kingdom senate election in Tennessee used to be overturned due to voter fraud. The margin of victory? thirteen votes. In 2008, the Minnesota senate race that supplied the sixtieth vote had to go Obamacare was once made up our minds by means of a bit over three hundred votes. virtually two hundred felons have already been convicted of balloting illegally in that election and dozens of alternative prosecutions are nonetheless pending. Public self belief within the integrity of elections is at an rock bottom. within the Cooperative Congressional Election learn of 2008, sixty two% of yankee citizens proposal that voter fraud used to be quite common or just a little universal. worry that elections are being stolen erodes the legitimacy of our govt. that is why the majority of american citizens aid legislation like Kansas's safe and reasonable Elections Act. A 2010 Rasmussen ballot confirmed that eighty two% of american citizens aid picture identification laws.

While americans often call for observers and top practices within the elections of alternative international locations, we're usually ignorant of the necessity to scrutinize our personal elections. We may well pay the results in 2012 if a detailed election leads us into pitched partisan battles and courtroom fights that would dwarf the Bush-Gore recount wars.

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Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish (Viewpoints)

By Lesley Riddoch

Blossom: 1. A time period given to flora of stone fruit timber and a few different vegetation that flower profusely in Spring. Blossoms supply pollen to bees, and begin cross-pollination invaluable for timber to breed via generating fruit. 2. A top interval or level of improvement. masking issues together with housing, overall healthiness, language and tradition, Riddoch appears on the method within which Scots establish themselves and the way this must swap to ensure that the rustic to blossom

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The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins

By Jeff Connaughton

Lobbyist, White residence legal professional, and Senate Aide at the energy of America’s Plutocracy to prevent Prosecution and Subvert monetary Reform

Beginning in January 2009, THE PAYOFF lays naked Washington’s tradition of energy and plutocracy. It’s the tale of the twenty-month fight through Senator Ted Kaufman and Jeff Connaughton, his leader of employees, to carry Wall highway executives chargeable for securities fraud, to prevent inventory manipulation by way of high-frequency investors, and to damage up too-big-to-fail megabanks.

This e-book takes us within their dogged campaign opposed to institutional inertia and impression as they come across an outright reluctance via the Obama management, the Justice division, and the Securities and trade fee to regard Wall road crimes with the gravity they deserve. On monetary reforms, Connaughton criticizes Democrats for hoping on the very Wall highway technocrats who had did not hinder the problem and Republicans for staunchly opposing actual reforms basically to get pleasure from a golden chance to siphon fundraising money from the Wall road executives who had raised thousands to select Barack Obama president.

Connaughton, a former legal professional within the Clinton White apartment, illuminates the pivotal moments and key judgements within the struggle for monetary reform that experience long gone principally unreported. His arch, nonpartisan account chronicles the explanations why Wall Street’s worst offenses have been left unpunished, and why it’s most probably that the 2008 debacle will ensue again.

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