Political Science

The Centrist Manifesto

Author: Charles Wheelan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393347133

Category: Political Science

Page: 128

View: 2211

A vision—and detailed road map to power—for a new party that will champion America’s rational center. From debt ceiling standoffs to single-digit Congress approval ratings, America’s political system has never been more polarized—or paralyzed—than it is today. As best-selling author and public policy expert Charles Wheelan writes, now is the time for a pragmatic Centrist party that will identify and embrace the best Democratic and Republican ideals, moving us forward on the most urgent issues for our nation. Wheelan—who not only lectures on public policy but practices it as well (he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2009)—brings even more than his usual wit and clarity of vision to The Centrist Manifesto. He outlines a realistic ground game that could net at least five Centrist senators from New England, the Midwest, and elsewhere. With the power to deny a red or blue Senate majority, committed Centrists could take the first step toward giving voice and power to America’s largest, and most rational, voting bloc: the center.
Political Science

The Centrist Manifesto

Author: Charles Wheelan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393346870

Category: Political Science

Page: 138

View: 1738

A vision—and detailed road map to power—for a new party that will champion America’s rational center. From debt ceiling standoffs to single-digit Congress approval ratings, America’s political system has never been more polarized—or paralyzed—than it is today. As best-selling author and public policy expert Charles Wheelan writes, now is the time for a pragmatic Centrist party that will identify and embrace the best Democratic and Republican ideals, moving us forward on the most urgent issues for our nation. Wheelan—who not only lectures on public policy but practices it as well (he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2009)—brings even more than his usual wit and clarity of vision to The Centrist Manifesto. He outlines a realistic ground game that could net at least five Centrist senators from New England, the Midwest, and elsewhere. With the power to deny a red or blue Senate majority, committed Centrists could take the first step toward giving voice and power to America’s largest, and most rational, voting bloc: the center.
Business & Economics

Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (Fully Revised and Updated)

Author: Charles Wheelan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393337642

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 354

View: 915

Seeks to provide an engaging and comprehensive primer to economics that explains key concepts without technical jargon and using common-sense examples.
Humor

10 1⁄2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said

Author: Charles Wheelan,Peter Steiner

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393074315

Category: Humor

Page: 128

View: 9545

Based on the author's 2011 Class Day Speech at Dartmouth College, provides humorous and unconventional advice for graduates of all ages on attaining happiness and success in life.
Political Science

The Reunited States of America

How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide

Author: Mark Gerzon

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1626566607

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 8801

Out of Many, One In this era of poisonous partisanship, The Reunited States of America is a lifesaving antidote. At a time when loyalty to party seems to be overpowering love of country, it not only explains how we can bridge the partisan divide but also tells the untold story of how our fellow citizens already are doing it. This book, a manifesto for a movement to reunite America, will help us put a stop to the seemingly endless Left-Right fistfight while honoring the vital role of healthy political debate. Mark Gerzon describes how citizens all over the country—Republicans, Democrats, and independents—are finding common ground on some of the most divisive and difficult issues we face today.
Political Science

A Declaration of Independents

How We Can Break the Two-Party Stranglehold and Restore the American Dream

Author: Greg Orman

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 1626343330

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 7189

In 2014, Greg Orman made headlines with his historic Independent run for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Voters gravitated to Orman’s campaign in unprecedented numbers, challenging the entrenched dominance of the two major parties over American politics. In A Declaration of Independents Orman describes how hyper-partisanship, division, and a win-at-all-costs environment in Washington have created a toxic culture of self-interest that has left average Americans behind. Orman makes a persuasive case that without fundamental change, our standard of living, our status in the world, and the very existence of the middle class are at risk. His withering critique of our ruling partisan duopoly explains why voters are choosing unconventional candidates in increasing numbers—from his own 2014 Senate race to the nation’s 2016 presidential campaign. Taking direct aim at the corrupt practices that keep the two parties in power despite historically low approval ratings, Orman argues convincingly that the system is rigged for the benefit of special interests who buy access to power. Drawing on his own journey to political independence, Orman lays out a plan for taking back our government by rejecting party politics and embracing a new Independent approach.
Political Science

A Whig Manifesto

A Short History of the Whig Movement with Modern Whig Party Perspectives on Current Political and Social Controversies

Author: Chuck Morse

Publisher: Trine Day

ISBN: 1936296942

Category: Political Science

Page: 108

View: 2232

The modern Whig movement and, specifically, the Modern Whig Party is a quickly growing third party in America and this book examines its political philosophy. Drawing from the history and traditions of the party—those that animated the public policies and careers of such great American Whigs as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, and Abraham Lincoln—this book explains the set of core beliefs that Whigs believe are essential to American governance. It goes on to relate how Whig ideology can be applied to current governmental issues today, touching upon the mortgage crisis, taxes, civil rights, and health care. Making the case for American political and economic nationalism, this manifesto offers insights into a uniquely American philosophy that fostered the most successful and prosperous nation in history.
Mathematics

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Author: Charles Wheelan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393089827

Category: Mathematics

Page: 302

View: 4248

“Brilliant, funny . . . the best math teacher you never had.”—San Francisco Chronicle Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more. For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or careless parties can manipulate or misrepresent data, and shows us how brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from natural experiments to tackle thorny questions. And in Wheelan’s trademark style, there’s not a dull page in sight. You’ll encounter clever Schlitz Beer marketers leveraging basic probability, an International Sausage Festival illuminating the tenets of the central limit theorem, and a head-scratching choice from the famous game show Let’s Make a Deal—and you’ll come away with insights each time. With the wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a bestseller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life.
Business & Economics

Naked Money

A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matter

Author: Charles Wheelan

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393069020

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 8569

We use money every day, from dollars to rupees to bitcoin to (for some of us) prison pouches of mackerel. Yet the practice of exchanging paper or bytes for goods and services seems absurd if you take a minute to think about it. Why does money actually exist, and why does it so often get entire nations in trouble? In Naked Money, best-selling author Charles Wheelan explains with his trademark wit and refreshing clarity how our banks and monetary systems should work in ideal situations, and he reveals the havoc and suffer- ing caused in real situations by inflation, deflation, illiquidity, and other monetary effects. With illuminating stories from Argentina, Zimbabwe, North Korea, America, China, and elsewhere around the world, Wheelan demystifies the curious world behind the paper in our wallets and the digits in our bank accounts.
Political Science

The Political Centrist

Author: John Lawrence Hill

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 082651670X

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 7845

Today almost half of all Americans decline to define themselves as either "liberal" or "conservative." In fact, modern liberalism and conservatism seem hopelessly fragmented ideologies. Liberals claim to believe in individual freedom yet advocate a more collectivistic approach to government and an increasingly paternalistic role for the state. Conservatives are hopelessly divided between two incompatible ideals--the highly individualistic, limited-state philosophy of classical liberalism and an older, more collectivistic tradition of cultural conservatism that holds government responsible for shaping social morality. As a result, modern liberals are economic collectivists and moral individualists, while conservatives are economic individualists and moral collectivists. Centrists reject each of these fragmented and polarized approaches to politics. We believe that government has a role to play in structuring social and economic opportunities and in reinforcing basic moral norms, yet we are deeply troubled by ever-expanding government. We reject libertarianism, left-liberalism, and the various schools of conservatism as a model for government. Part I of "The Political Centrist" briefly traces the trajectory of the liberal and conservative traditions. It argues that modern liberalism is an unprincipled fusion of classical liberal and socialist ideals while modern conservatism is an untenable hybrid of economic liberalism and social conservatism. Part II offers a centrist approach to many of the most contentious contemporary political and social issues. Those include: -- abortion -- affirmative action -- the death penalty -- gay marriage -- illegal immigration -- judicial activism -- the relationship of religion and politics -- the role of government in the economy
Humor

The Chapo Guide to Revolution

A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason

Author: Chapo Trap House,Felix Biederman,Matt Christman,Brendan James,Will Menaker,Virgil Texas

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501187309

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 6303

“Howard Zinn on acid or some bullsh*t like that.” —Tim Heidecker The creators of the cult-hit podcast Chapo Trap House deliver a manifesto for everyone who feels orphaned and alienated—politically, culturally, and economically—by the bloodless Wall Street centrism of the Democrats and the lizard-brained atavism of the right: there is a better way, the Chapo Way. In a manifesto that renders all previous attempts at political satire obsolete, The Chapo Guide to Revolution shows you that you don’t have to side with either the pear-shaped vampires of the right or the craven, lanyard-wearing wonks of contemporary liberalism. These self-described “assholes from the internet” offer a fully ironic ideology for all who feel politically hopeless and prefer broadsides and tirades to reasoned debate. Learn the “secret” history of the world, politics, media, and everything in-between that THEY don’t want you to know and chart a course from our wretched present to a utopian future where one can post in the morning, game in the afternoon, and podcast after dinner without ever becoming a poster, gamer, or podcaster. The Chapo Guide to Revolution features illustrated taxonomies of contemporary liberal and conservative characters, biographies of important thought leaders, “never before seen” drafts of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom manga, and the ten new laws that govern Chapo Year Zero (everyone gets a dog, billionaires are turned into Soylent, and logic is outlawed). If you’re a fan of sacred cows, prisoners being taken, and holds being barred, then this book is NOT for you. However, if you feel disenfranchised from the political and cultural nightmare we’re in, then Chapo, let’s go...
Political Science

The Second Civil War

How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America

Author: Ronald Brownstein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143114321

Category: Political Science

Page: 484

View: 9371

A respected political commentator presents a large-scale analysis of the forces that have contributed to the bitter partisan divides in today's political arena, drawing on historical factors while citing such elements as congressional rule changes, a rise in special-interest pressure groups, and a vastly changed media environment. Reprint.
Political Science

The Extreme Centre

A Warning

Author: Tariq Ali

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784782637

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 6699

Britain’s leading radical delivers an eviscerating attack on the indistinguishable political elite of the UK. What is the point of elections? The result is always the same: a victory for the Extreme Centre. Since 1989, politics has become a contest to see who can best serve the needs of the market, a competition now fringed by unstable populist movements. The same catastrophe has taken place in the US, Britain, Continental Europe and Australia. In this urgent and wide-ranging case for the prosecution, Tariq Ali looks at the people and the events that have informed this moment of political suicide: corruption in Westminster; the failures of the EU and NATO; the soft power of the American Empire that dominates the world stage uncontested. Despite this inertia, Ali goes in search of alternative futures, finding promise in the Bolivarian revolutions of Latin America and at the edges of Europe. Emerging parties in Scotland, Greece and Spain, formed out of the 2008 crisis, are offering new hope for democracy.
Biography & Autobiography

The Greatest Comeback

How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

Author: Patrick J. Buchanan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0553418653

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 392

View: 7663

The former Nixon advisor and best-selling author of Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War" traces the unanticipated political rise of the 37th President just six years after his gubernatorial loss, sharing insights into how he resurrected his career and reunited a divided Republican Party. Simultaneous.
Political Science

Politics Beyond Left and Right

A Guide for Creating a More Unified Nation

Author: David A. Ellison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692833667

Category: Political Science

Page: 130

View: 2267

Politics Beyond Left and Right is a call for nonpartisan leadership from our government, and a call for only electing federal officials that will honor the wishes of the 60% to 80% of us who believe in a federal government that is smaller and more fiscally responsible than what Democrats prefer, but more socially accepting than what Republicans prefer - the government, I believe, our Founders envisioned, and the one we need in order to become a more unified nation. This provocative text covers a variety of subjects including education, racism, income inequality, taxes, term limits, immigration, abortion, gay/lesbian rights, and some history lessons. Copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are included because I believe that our citizens' understanding of these two precious documents is important in our country's unification process.
Political Science

Financial Fiasco

How America's Infatuation With Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Financial Crisis

Author: Johan Norberg

Publisher: Cato Institute

ISBN: 1937184080

Category: Political Science

Page: 206

View: 7319

Now newly expanded, with a with a new chapter on the spreading global economic crisis, Financial Fiasco guides readers through a world of irresponsible behavior by consumers, decisionmakers in companies, government agencies, and political institutions.
Political Science

Rebel

How to Overthrow the Emerging Oligarchy

Author: Douglas Carswell

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 178669154X

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

View: 4746

Politics has never been more unpredictable. Radical populists and insurgents have turned politics-as-usual on its head. Rebel explores how we got here, where we are heading and what we can do about it. Douglas Carswell argues that these insurgencies are a reaction against the emergence of a political and economic oligarchy that has subverted our democracy and stifled our market system. 'Politics,' he writes, 'is a cartel. Like the economy, it is rigged in the interests of a few.' This leaves our liberal, democratic order – the mechanism that has allowed a historically unprecedented proportion of humanity to flourish – facing a twin assault: oligarchs on the one hand, radical populists on the other. Reassessing history and politics, Rebel puts forward a bold new thesis: we are not the first to face such a threat. Oligarchic cartels have clogged the arteries of nations and economies throughout history, triggering radical insurgencies in protest. But all too often the radicals have strengthened the hand of the oligarchs: the Roman, Venetian and Dutch republics all succumbed to cartels. 'Anti-oligarch radicals,' the author notes, 'have often made the oligarchs seem the more attractive option.' So, too, today, he suggests. In the face of these twin threats, Carswell mounts a robust defence of the liberal, democratic order. Drawing on his first-hand experience in taking on – and beating – the established political parties, he proposes a profound reform of politics and capitalism to free us from the cartels, listing the practical steps needed to make this revolutionary change happen.
Political Science

Introduction to Public Policy

Author: Charles Wheelan

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393926651

Category: Political Science

Page: 582

View: 2748

The first introductory public policy text with a strong economics perspective. A new textbook by Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Economics, Introduction to Public Policy uses economic principles to demonstrate that sound public policy occurs when unfettered private markets provide the greatest good for the greatest number. Only when it does not do this is government intervention needed.
Political Science

Lost Years of the RSS

Author: Sanjeev Kelkar

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8132107624

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

View: 1519

Lost Years of the RSS is a historical analysis of the events that have shaped the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in its 85 years of existence. Written from an insider's perspective, this in-depth work critically analyses the major turning points in the history of RSS from the viewpoint of both a follower and an opponent, while digging deep into its socio-political history. Beginning with the political ethnography of the RSS, the book charts the organisation's growth over time-from the Partition, the first ban, the Golwalkar and Deoras periods, the demolition of Babri Masjid, to the present, when the original principles of the Sangh have been forgotten, leading to the current decadence within the organisation. The author concludes with suggestions for a way forward for the RSS, wherein the lessons learnt from the past can be put to use and the original values can be reinstated. At the heart of the book is the author's implicit desire to contradict the current media representations of the Sangh and portray the RSS as what it was actually meant to be.