Download E-books How the Republicans Stole Christmas: Why the Religious Right is Wrong about Faith & Politics and What We Can Do to Make it Right PDF

By Bill Press

Within the wake of an election obvious by means of many as a effective victory for “moral values,” political commentator and one-time seminarian invoice Press launches a counteroffensive opposed to the so-called non secular right.

For a long time, Press argues, conservative preachers comparable to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and James Dobson—joined by means of so much Catholic bishops—have outlined faith so narrowly that Democrats and liberals were driven open air the fold. in line with their slim gospel, God positioned George Bush within the White condo to house gays, weapons, and abortion—and those that don’t agree are at the certain street to hell.

Bill Press says it’s time to take faith again: “Who gave this gang the news on faith, besides? the best way I learn the Gospels, Jesus was once as liberal as Paul Wellstone. He certain as hell wouldn’t were a registered Republican. another thing’s evidently: if Jesus ever got here again to earth, there’s one gang he wouldn’t hang around with; and that’s this phony bunch of pious, puffed-up preachers who put on faith on their sleeves.”

How the Republicans Stole Christmas can also be Press’s fervent name to Democrats and liberals to reclaim faith and go back it to its simple ideas of social justice, charity, and tolerance. Press argues that the correct didn’t simply thieve faith, the Left allow them to have it, delivering no resistance as conservatives dictated what’s correct and what’s mistaken. yet on today’s social concerns, in line with Press, non secular conservatives have got all of it fallacious. they've got became Jesus from a loving Messiah who championed the negative and dispossessed right into a cold-blooded suggest for the wealthy and robust. Press doesn't confine his criticisms to so-called Christian leaders; he uncovers an analogous wrong-headed traits in different faiths and between nonbelievers, who even this day grasp to the outdated testomony as a suitable code of behavior.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter PDF

“Engaging and encouraging . . . examining this publication may still make you need to vote.” —Barack Obama

In a global of sound bites, planned incorrect information, and a political scene that's coloured by means of the blue as opposed to crimson partisan divide. How does the common proficient American discover a trustworthy resource that’s freed from political spin? What you want to learn about Politics . . . yet Don’t breaks all of it down, factor by way of factor, explaining who stands for what, and why—whether it’s the financial system, source of revenue inequality, Obamacare, international coverage, schooling, immigration, or weather swap. If you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or someplace in among, it’s the best publication to sweep up on a unmarried subject or learn via to get a deeper knowing of the usually mucky global of yank politics.

This is a necessary quantity for knowing the historical past to the 2016 presidential election. however it is additionally a booklet that transcends the season. It’s actually for somebody who desires to recognize extra concerning the concerns, that are perennial concerns that would proceed to impact our daily lives.

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Download E-books Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo (Historical Materialism) PDF

Prophets Unarmed is an authoritative sourcebook at the chinese language Communist Party’s major early competition, the chinese language Trotskyists. antagonistic from Moscow by means of Stalin, and by way of Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong in China, the Trotskyists have been China’s so much persecuted political get together. even though careworn approximately out of lifestyles their standpoints and proposals—reproduced here—are no longer with out relevance to China’s current political second. Drawing on dozens of oral heritage interviews with survivors, this learn of chinese language Trotskyism is exhaustive and groundbreaking.

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Download E-books The Cuban Counterrevolution (Ohio RIS Latin America Series) PDF

For 40 years the Cuban Revolution has been on the vanguard of yank public opinion, but few are familiar with the background of its enemies and the accountability of the U.S. govt in organizing and maintaining the Cuban counterrevolution. to be had in English for the 1st time, this extraordinary research by way of Cuban historian and previous diplomat Jesús Arboleya lines the evolution of the counterrevolutionary stream from its beginnings earlier than 1959, to its transformation into the Cuban-American teams that this present day dominate U.S. coverage towards Cuba. Arboleya additionally analyzes the position performed by means of Cuban immigrants to the U.S. and the views for development in kinfolk among the 2 countries due to the generational and social alterations which were taking place within the Cuban-American community.

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Download E-books The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP: Political Party Organizations as Historical Institutions PDF

By Ellis S. Krauss

After protecting strength regularly from its inception in 1955 (with the exception of a ten-month hiatus in 1993–1994), Japan's Liberal Democratic social gathering (LDP) misplaced keep an eye on of the nationwide govt decisively in September 2009. regardless of its defeat, the LDP continues to be the main winning political celebration in a democracy within the post–World conflict II interval. In The upward thrust and Fall of Japan's LDP, Ellis S. Krauss and Robert J. Pekkanen make clear the puzzle of the LDP's lengthy dominance and abrupt defeat. a number of questions about institutional swap in get together politics are on the middle in their research: What incentives do varied electoral platforms offer? How do politicians adapt to new incentives? How a lot does constitution make certain habit, and what sort of chance does constitution provide politicians to steer results? How adaptable are confirmed political organizations?

The electoral procedure Japan demonstrated in 1955 led to a half-century of "one-party democracy." yet as Krauss and Pekkanen aspect, sweeping political reforms in 1994 replaced vote casting ideas and different key parts of the electoral process. either the LDP and its adversaries needed to adapt to a brand new procedure that gave voters votes: one for a celebration and one for a candidate. lower than the management of the charismatic Koizumi Junichiro, the LDP controlled to take care of its majority within the jap nutrition, yet his successors misplaced renowned aid as opposing events realized easy methods to function within the new electoral setting. Drawing at the insights of ancient institutionalism, Krauss and Pekkanen clarify how eastern politics functioned sooner than and after the 1994 reform and why the patience of get together associations (factions, PARC, koenkai) and the reworked position of social gathering management contributed either to the LDP's good fortune at last in strength for fifteen years after the reforms and to its eventual downfall. In an epilogue, the authors determine the LDP's clients within the close to and medium term.

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Download E-books Party Politics and Democracy in Europe: Essays in honour of Peter Mair (West European Politics) PDF

This edited assortment, in honour of the past due political scientist Peter Mair, includes unique chapters which are at once associated with his theoretical and/or methodological principles and ways.

Peter Mair confirmed that political events have characteristically been vital actors in eu politics and an important concentration of comparative eu political technology. even though the character of political events and the style during which they function has been topic to major switch in fresh many years, events stay a very important consider the operating of eu liberal democracies. This quantity analyses fresh advancements and present demanding situations that eu events, celebration platforms and democracy face.

The quantity may be of key curiosity to scholars and students of comparative politics, democracy reviews, political events, and ecu politics and ecu Union studies.

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Download E-books Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen PDF

By Jillian Schwedler

Does political inclusion produce ideological moderation? Schwedler argues that analyzing political behaviour on my own presents inadequate proof of moderation since it leaves open the chance that political actors may perhaps act as though they're average whereas harbouring radical agendas. via a comparative learn of the Islamic motion entrance social gathering in Jordan and the Islah occasion in Yemen, she argues that the IAF in Jordan has turn into extra reasonable via participation in pluralist political techniques, whereas the Islah get together has now not. the adaptation is defined partly by means of inner workforce association and decision-making tactics, yet quite by means of the ways that the IAF has been in a position to justify its new pluralist practices on Islamic phrases whereas the Islah get together has now not. in line with approximately 4 years of box learn in Jordan and Yemen, Schwedler contributes either a big concept of ideological moderation and aspect approximately those robust Islamist political events.

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Download E-books A Unified Theory of Party Competition: A Cross-National Analysis Integrating Spatial and Behavioral Factors PDF

This e-book integrates spatial and behavioral views - in a notice, these of the Rochester and Michigan colleges - right into a unified conception of voter selection and social gathering approach. the speculation encompasses either coverage and non-policy components, results of turnout, voter discounting of get together supplies, expectancies of coalition governments, and celebration motivations in keeping with coverage in addition to workplace. optimum (Nash equilibrium) techniques are made up our minds for substitute types for presidential elections within the US and France, and for parliamentary elections in Britain and Norway. those polities disguise quite a lot of electoral ideas, variety of significant events, and governmental buildings. The analyses recommend that the extra aggressive events often take coverage positions that come as regards to maximizing their electoral aid, and that those vote-maximizing positions correlate strongly with the suggest coverage positions in their supporters.

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