Get It Together

Why We Deserve Better Politics

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Author: Zoe Williams

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473518520

Category: Philosophy

Page: 368

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Whether we have children or not we all want the future to be fairer and happier; and Zoe Williams believes that we need to make that happen collectively. GET IT TOGETHER is a rousing call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a more equal society. Zoe believes that it’s not enough to sit back and watch as our NHS slides away from us; as the young and low earners are forced out of London; as hundreds of thousands of people nationally drift into poverty; as education becomes increasingly divided and as the wealthiest five people in Britain earn more than the poorest 20%. Zoe will address key questions including: has the NHS had its day; has an immigrant stolen your job; have you ever wondered why you can't afford a house; and who got us into this mess anyway? She will then offer up, in answer, a combination of fact, opinion and debate that will be as inspiring as it is important. Zoe Williams brings together here all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and shows us that on all levels, it’s lunacy to be anything other than left-wing unless you’re actually already an oligarch. She offers us the debate in a truly entertaining way - she’s pacey, conversational and funny. This is a road map for a better future that will be a major part of the debate in the run up to the election next May.

The Alternative

Towards a New Progressive Politics

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Author: Lisa Nandy

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785901125

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

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The 2015 election result was a disaster for progressives in British politics, delivering a majority Conservative government at Westminster. And the outlook for the next election is not auspicious either, particularly amid the aftershocks of the momentous 2016 EU referendum result and with possible boundary changes in the offing. There is a growing recognition, however, that cross-party cooperation among the progressives could reinvigorate politics and inspire a credible alternative to the Conservatives. Those who want a good society can and must work together - and, by doing so, they can deliver better answers and more inclusive government. With contributions from a broad range of left and centre-left voices - including Siân Berry, Mhairi Black, Frances O'Grady, Tim Farron, Peter Hain, Carys Afoko, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Zoe Williams and Neal Lawson - The Alternative sets out a base of core values around which progressives can unite, proposes a number of big policy ideas that embody those values and, crucially, explores an urgently needed new form of politics to achieve them.

Get It Together: The NHS

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Author: Zoe Williams

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473537894

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Where do you stand on the junior doctors' strike? Is the NHS in danger of sliding away from us? If so, what can we do to save it? An ebook short. Originally published in Zoe's election 2015 book, Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics, this fully updated digital short tells you everything you need to know about why the NHS is so important. Why since its inception the NHS has been vital to election wins, the reasons why junior doctors are now striking and why we really do have one of the best healthcare systems in the world which is worth fighting for. For anyone who passionately cares about our NHS, this is a engaging and important read from the well-loved Guardian journalist Zoe Williams.

The Politics of Innovation

Why Some Countries Are Better Than Others at Science and Technology

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Author: Mark Zachary Taylor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190464151

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Why are some countries better than others at science and technology (S&T)? Written in an approachable style, The Politics of Innovation provides readers from all backgrounds and levels of expertise a comprehensive introduction to the debates over national S&T competitiveness. It synthesizes over fifty years of theory and research on national innovation rates, bringing together the current political and economic wisdom, and latest findings, about how nations become S&T leaders. Many experts mistakenly believe that domestic institutions and policies determine national innovation rates. However, after decades of research, there is still no agreement on precisely how this happens, exactly which institutions matter, and little aggregate evidence has been produced to support any particular explanation. Yet, despite these problems, a core faith in a relationship between domestic institutions and national innovation rates remains widely held and little challenged. The Politics of Innovation confronts head-on this contradiction between theory, evidence, and the popularity of the institutions-innovation hypothesis. It presents extensive evidence to show that domestic institutions and policies do not determine innovation rates. Instead, it argues that social networks are as important as institutions in determining national innovation rates. The Politics of Innovation also introduces a new theory of "creative insecurity" which explains how institutions, policies, and networks are all subservient to politics. It argues that, ultimately, each country's balance of domestic rivalries vs. external threats, and the ensuing political fights, are what drive S&T competitiveness. In making its case, The Politics of Innovation draws upon statistical analysis and comparative case studies of the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Israel, Russia and a dozen countries across Western Europe.

It's Time to Fight Dirty

How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics

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Author: David Faris

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612196950

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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The American electoral system is clearly failing more horrifically in the 2016 presidential election than ever before. In It's Time to Fight Dirty, David Faris expands on his popular series for 'The Week' to offer party leaders and supporters concrete strategies for lasting political reform - and in doing so lays the groundwork for a more progressive future. With equal parts playful irreverence and persuasive reasoning, It's Time to Fight Dirty is essential reading as we head toward the 2018 midterms... and beyond.

Why We Get the Wrong Politicians

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Author: Isabel Hardman

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1782399747

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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'It's easy to moan that Westminster doesn't work and a lot harder to explain why. To understand, this is the book you need to read.' Laura Kuenssberg - Political Editor, BBC News Politicians are consistently voted the least trusted professional group by the UK public. Every year, they introduce new legislation that fails to achieve what it set out to do - often with terrible financial and human costs. But, with some notable exceptions, they are decent, hard-working people, doing a hugely demanding job. In this searching examination of our political class, award-winning journalist Isabel Hardman tries to square this circle. Through ground-breaking research and interviews across the political spectrum - from researchers to prime ministers - she lifts the lid on the strange world of Westminster, showing how the culture and institutions of parliament fail both the electorate and MPs themselves.

Twilight of the Elites

America After Meritocracy

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Author: Christopher Hayes

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307720462

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 292

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Analyzes scandals in high-profile institutions, from Wall Street and the Catholic Church to corporate America and Major League Baseball, while evaluating how an elite American meritocracy rose throughout the past half-century before succumbing to unprecedented levels of corruption and failure. 75,000 first printing.

Fahrenheit 451

A Novel

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Author: Ray Bradbury

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451673310

Category: Fiction

Page: 159

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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.

The People Vs. Democracy

Why Our Freedom is in Danger and how to Save it

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Author: Yascha Mounk

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674976827

Category: Authoritarianism

Page: 400

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From India to Turkey, from Poland to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. Two core components of liberal democracy--individual rights and the popular will--are at war, putting democracy itself at risk. In plain language, Yascha Mounk describes how we got here, where we need to go, and why there is little time left to waste.

Politics Lost

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Author: Joe Klein

Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing

ISBN: 0739326147

Category: Democracy

Page: 384

View: 8458

One of today's top political observers dissects the last 35 years of American politics as he shows how Democrats have lost the country's support and why the Republicans have, in so many instances, dominated the political agenda.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0

Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

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Author: Thomas L. Friedman

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781429963688

Category: Political Science

Page: 528

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Best Book of the Year A Businessweek Best Business Book of the Year A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year In this brilliant, essential book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman speaks to America's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America. Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world's middle class through globalization have produced a dangerously unstable planet--one that is "hot, flat, and crowded." In this Release 2.0 edition, he also shows how the very habits that led us to ravage the natural world led to the meltdown of the financial markets and the Great Recession. The challenge of a sustainable way of life presents the United States with an opportunity not only to rebuild its economy, but to lead the world in radically innovating toward cleaner energy. And it could inspire Americans to something we haven't seen in a long time--nation-building in America--by summoning the intelligence, creativity, and concern for the common good that are our greatest national resources. Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman: fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the challenge--and the promise--of the future.

How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think

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Author: Andy Andrews

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0849949904

Category: Self-Help

Page: 96

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In this compact, nonpartisan book, Andrews urges readers to be “careful students” of the past, seeking accurate, factual accounts of events and decisions that illuminate choices we face now. By considering how the Nazi German regime was able to carry out over eleven million institutional killings between 1933 and 1945, Andrews advocates for an informed population that demands honesty and integrity from its leaders and from each other. Andy Andrews believes that good answers come only from asking the right questions. Through the powerful, provocative question, “How do you kill eleven million people?”—the number of people killed by the Nazi German regime between 1933 and 1945—he explores a number of other questions relevant to our lives today: Does it matter that millions of ordinary citizens have checked out of participating in the decisions that shape the future of our country? Which is more dangerous: politicians with ill intent, or the too-trusting population that allows such people to lead them? How are we supposed to tell the difference between the “good guys" and the “bad guys”? How does the answer to this question affect not only our country but our families, our faith, and our values? What happens to a society in which truth is absent? Andrews issues a wake-up call: become informed, passionate citizens who demand honesty and integrity from our leaders, or suffer the consequences of our own ignorance and apathy. Furthermore, we can no longer measure a leader’s worth by the yardsticks provided by the left or the right. Instead, we must use an unchanging standard: the pure, unvarnished truth.

California Crackup

How Reform Broke the Golden State and how We Can Fix it

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Author: Joe Mathews,Mark Paul

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520268520

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Is California beyond repair? A sizable number of Golden State citizens have concluded that it is. Incessant budget crises plus a government paralyzed by partisan gridlock have led to demands for reform, even a constitutional convention. But what, exactly, is wrong and how can we fix it? In California Crackup, Joe Mathews and Mark Paul provide clear and informed answers. Their fast-paced and often humorous narrative deftly exposes the constitutional origins of our current political and economic problems--from the ugly 1879 constitutional convention to Hiram Johnson's Progressive reforms to the Proposition 13 property tax revolt and its legacy of voter initiatives. Mathews and Paul then furnish a uniquely California fix: innovative solutions that allow Californians to debate their choices, settle on the best ones, hold elected officials accountable for results, and choose anew if something doesn't work. Concise, lively, and provocative, California Crackup offers something new: a genuinely democratic operating system for the state.

We the People

A Doctor's Handbook for How America's Citizens Can Save Their Country

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Author: Michael P Fangman M.D.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479721956

Category: Political Science

Page: 115

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In WE THE PEOPLE, A DOCTORS HANDBOOK ., Michael P Fangman M.D. gives the United States anything but a clean bill of health. In a far reaching commentary youll never hear on Meet the Press; medical problem-solving and common sense are compared to political patrimony in the face of dire systemic problems. The paralysis of Washington DC is exposed for what it is - Machiavellian greed and irresponsibility; flagrant denial that their broken partisan political system is threatening to kill our American way of life. He explains how leadership and accountability have been replaced in Washington DC by extremism and myopic ideology; insinuated with crony capitalism and seeking domination through polarized elections and money. We the People- who rely on DC to maintain a society where hard work should afford us our constitutions most basic goal, promotion of the The General Welfare, are increasingly irrelevant. The arrogance of todays leadership is unprecedented and must end. But his message is one of confidence that the wisdom, productivity, ethical standards and vitality of the American people can be harnessed and must prevail over partisan political corruption and crony capitalism. In the end, the Handbook shows the reader how WE THE PEOPLE can empower ourselves with knowledge and unity, to exercise our Constitutional rights and reshape our own future as a team.

Dead Center

How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do about It

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Author: Jason Altmire

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781620067772

Category: Political Science

Page: 274

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Fast-paced and easily-readable, Dead Center moves beyond the tired rhetoric that so often dominates our political discourse. Altmire draws upon his first-hand experience in the corridors of power to evaluate the root causes of polarization and offer novel solutions to break the gridlock and restore to Washington a spirit of cooperation.

So Now who Do We Vote For?

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Author: John Harris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571224227

Category: Elections

Page: 172

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'We didn't want the world. We understood the need for caution and compromise. But really: what was all this?' War in Iraq. Top-up fees. Blair in bed with Bush. Private companies continuing to buy into schools and hospitals. You wouldn't be alone in feeling unable to rush down to the polling station and vote Labour on election day. John Harris travels up and down the country to talk to MPs, health workers, teachers and policy-makers to find the answers to some key questions: Is there any chance of a swing back to a recognisable Labour Party? What does a Liberal Democrat actually believe in? Who on earth are the Respect Coalition? And can you risk a protest vote now that Michael Howard has restored some credibility to the Tories? With characteristic humour and an ability to cut through the double-speak of party politics, John Harris has written a book for the thousands of people asking themselves: so now who we vote for?

The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution

Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic

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Author: Ganesh Sitaraman

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0451493915

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 423

View: 2613

"Argues that America's strong and sizable middle class is actually embedded in the framework of the nation's government and its founding document and discusses the necessity of taking equality-establishing measures,"--NoveList.