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Taking back America : and taking down the radical right
Vanden Heuvel, Katrina.
Publication Information:
New York : Nation Books : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2004]

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xxxii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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JC573.2.U6 T35 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Taking Back America is a direct challenge to the Bush administration. This important collection of essays, drawn from the historic Take Back America Conference in Washington D.C. and the pages of The Nation, exposes the radical, reactionary scope of the Bush agenda and the damage that it will do if left unchecked. Included in Taking Back America are outstanding essays by leading figures within the progressive movement. Barbara Ehrenreich explores how working people can be empowered; William Greider analyzes Bush ambitions and their destructive potential; Ralph Neas of People for the American Way explains the war Bush is waging against the American people and their rights; Danny Goldberg describes how youth can be mobilized; Ben Barber and Tom Andrews challenge the destabilizing Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war, and Robert Borosage and Katrina vanden Heuvel lay out a progressive strategy for the future. Anchoring the collection is an electrifying address by Bill Moyers that places the current struggle into historic context, and shows how it is democracy itself that is at stake.

Author Notes

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of The Nation . She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Robert L. BorosageWilliam GreiderKim GandyWade HendersonDeb CallahanRalph G. NeasJames K. GalbraithRobert B. ReichBarbara EhrenreichRobert KuttnerRobert L. Borosage and Earl HadleyBracken HendriksBenjamin BarberTom AndrewsWilliam S. LerachMiles RapoportJeff BlodgettRobert W. McChesney and John NicholsJoel RogersDanny GoldbergKatrina vanden HeuvelGloria TottenRepresentative Jan Schakowskythe Reverend Jesse L. JacksonBill Moyers
Introduction: Take Back Americap. XI
Section I Bush's Radical Reaction
Chapter 1 The Threat: Rolling Back the Twentieth Centuryp. 3
Chapter 2 Shrubbed: The Radical Project of George Bush
The War Against Womenp. 25
Rolling Back Basic Rightsp. 29
Trashing the Environmentp. 33
"Packing the Courts"p. 36
Section II Progressive Alternatives: An Economy That Works for Working People
Chapter 3 The Progressive Jobs and Growth Agenda
Full Economic Recovery and Full Employmentp. 43
Chapter 4 Top Down or Bottom Up: America's Fateful Choice
A Program for a New Majorityp. 51
Chapter 5 Growth Is Not Enough
Empowering Working Peoplep. 59
Section III Kitchen Table Issues
Chapter 6 Health Care--The Logic of Radical Reformp. 67
Chapter 7 America's Commitment to Education
Educating the Next Generation: America's Historic Challengep. 79
Section IV The Apollo Initiative
Chapter 8 Jobs and Energy Independence: The Apollo Initiativep. 91
Section V Security in a Changing World
Chapter 9 Preventive Democracy, Not the Empire of Fear
A Real Security Agendap. 102
Chapter 10 The Cost of Choosing War
Security in a Changed Worldp. 113
Section VI Expanding Democracy
Chapter 11 Holding Corporations Accountable
American Law: Instrument of Social Progress or Weapon of Repression?p. 129
Chapter 12 Seizing the Continuing Moment for Democracy Reformp. 141
Chapter 13 The Lessons of Paul Wellstone
The Winning Ways of Paul Wellstonep. 153
Chapter 14 Taking Back the Media
Up in Flamesp. 160
Chapter 15 Devolve This!
Toward a Progressive Strategy in the Statesp. 173
Chapter 16 Win Back the Young
Youth Vote in 2001p. 191
Section VII Building to Win
Chapter 17 Building to Winp. 199
Chapter 18 Growing a Progressive Majorityp. 211
Chapter 19 Organize, Don't Agonize
How Badly Do You Want It?p. 219
Chapter 20 Put the Whole Team on the Field
Bring the Family Togetherp. 229
Section VIII The Stakes
Chapter 21 The Progressive Story of America
Acceptance of America's Future Lifetime Leadership Awardp. 241
About the Contributorsp. 265
Permissionsp. 279