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Challenge Corporate Power; Assert the People's Rights

Radical Democracy by C. Douglas Lummis, Cornell University Cornell University, mainly at Ithaca, N.Y.; with land-grant, state, and private support; coeducational; chartered 1865, opened 1868. It was named for Ezra Cornell, who donated $500,000 and a tract of land. With the help of state senator Andrew D.  Press, 1996. This book is an exhilarating look at both the concept and practice of democracy. How confused we are about this form of political rule. Of course, our confusion is no surprise. The meaning of democracy has been "stolen by those who would rule over us," says Lummis. Democracy means rule by the people, and "demos," from which it is derived, stood for "the poorest and most numerous of people."

Lummis's radical democracy "describes an adventure of human beings creating with their own hands the conditions for their freedom, an adventure the main part of which is still to be undertaken.... a way in which people order their lives together, through discussion and common action, on principles of equality and justice." It is not a kind of government but an end of government and might better be thought of as an ideal or a project.

As we struggle to understand what this challenge of self-governance requires of us, we are helped by thinking about democracy as "a performance art," or "a state of public hope." Lummis offers assurance that we humans are capable of being democratic, of doing democracy, if we can "snap the ideological bonds that prevent us from assuming our natural attitude of democratic common sense."

Cities & the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life by Jane Jacobs Noun 1. Jane Jacobs - United States writer and critic of urban planning (born in 1916)
, Vintage Books, Random House NY, 1985. A useful understanding of basic economics in the framework of decentralization de·cen·tral·ize  
v. de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing, de·cen·tral·iz·es
1. To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities.
 and democracy.

The Populist Moment by Lawrence Goodwyn, Oxford University Press, 1978. The late 19th-century agrarian revolt known as Populism populism

Political program or movement that champions the common person, usually by favourable contrast with an elite. Populism usually combines elements of the left and right, opposing large business and financial interests but also frequently being hostile to established
 was the largest and most intense mass democratic movement in U.S. history. Goodwyn documents the motivations for and events of the movement, but more importantly, offers a fresh means for assessing both democracy and authoritarianism today. The book explores ways in which Populists had a broader vision for democracy than is common a century later and why.

Private Property & the Limits of American Constitutionalism con·sti·tu·tion·al·ism  
1. Government in which power is distributed and limited by a system of laws that must be obeyed by the rulers.

a. A constitutional system of government.

 by Jennifer Nedelsky, University of Chicago Press The University of Chicago Press is the largest university press in the United States. It is operated by the University of Chicago and publishes a wide variety of academic titles, including The Chicago Manual of Style, dozens of academic journals, including , 1990. A valuable analysis of the Constitution for the serious reader.

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies by Naomi Klein Naomi Klein is a Canadian journalist, author and activist well known for her political analyses of corporate globalization.

Klein was born in Montreal, Quebec. Her family has a history of activism, as does her husband's family.
, Picador USA, New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, 2000. First- person account by an investigative journalist tracking the early stages of backlash against multinational corporations

Main article: multinational corporations

  • ABB
  • ABN-Amro
  • Accenture
  • Aditya Birla
  • Affiliated Computer Services Inc
  • Airbus
  • Allianz
  • Altria Group
  • American Express
  • Akzo Nobel
  • Apple Inc.
. Klein analyzes and documents the forces opposing corporate rule and the particular set of cultural and economic conditions in different parts of the world that made the emergence of the opposition inevitable.

In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander, Serra Club Books, San Francisco, 1992. Puts corporations in a larger context, showing how the corporate form works its ways in the world and contrasts its characteristics with those needed for authentic democracy.
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Date:Mar 22, 2001
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