For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The Assault on Democracy
How We Undermine Our Own Strength
  • Gerhard Falk
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The Assault on Democracy. How We Undermine Our Own Strength
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Prof. Falk highlights key points in history that moved the West toward dignity and rights for the individual, then shows that we are now losing ground.

We are eroding the achievements of centuries past, and splintering our society. The book shows how pornography, discrimination, hate crimes, political scandals, corporate greed and other growing trends are damaging the nation. Can we overcome the tension between rights and abuses, reconcile individual responsibility and the entitlement to a safety net, and pull our country together?


About the Author

Prof. Gerhard Falk is professor of sociology at Buffalo State College. He has authored more than two dozen books and 42 journal articles, mostly taking a sociologist's view of history.

Falk has been awarded the New York State Research Foundation's Award for Scholarship; the Buffalo State College President's Award for Creativity; and The New York State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence.

About the Book
Prof. Falk highlights a wide array of offenses that not only make people mad but undermine the US Constitution and faith in the system, from police abuse and prosecutors' misconduct to the recent assaults on free speech on college campuses. The US...
Prof. Falk highlights a wide array of offenses that not only make people mad but undermine the US Constitution and faith in the system, from police abuse and prosecutors' misconduct to the recent assaults on free speech on college campuses. The US has seen an increase in religious attacks on Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, and backsliding on racial and gender equality.

After throwing off the monarchy and nobility, we see that once again National and State politics are dominated by family dynasties. Government corruption is rife. We have politicized news reporting by a biased press, and emotion-driven protest movements that confuse Democracy with Mob Rule.

And there are growing tensions over poverty and income inequality. People may question where to draw a line between the responsibility to live up to a strong work ethic and the right to Welfare when we need it. Unions have been weakened, yet unsafe work conditions persist in industries ranging from mining to cruise ships, and honest workers are kept on "temp" or "part-time" status without benefits and even so, are afraid of unreasonably being fired. Workplace discrimination continues against Latinas, Blacks, Native Americans and Chinese, and women.

Prof. Falk gives a quick overview of the political and philosophical history leading to the rise of the "individual" out of feudalism, with England's Magna Carta and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, and American documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. These are the foundations that undergird America�s values of individualism and entrepreneurialism. The book then shows how US government agencies, organizations, and citizens in fact are undermining our rights and responsibilities, eroding the achievements of centuries past. A change of attitude, starting at the top, is essential if we are to pull our country together.


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Pages 232
Year: 2017
BISAC: POL042030 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
BISAC: POL007000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
BISAC: HIS036000 HISTORY / United States / General
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