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In "KABUKI DEMOCRACY", Eric Alterman argues that while the Obamapresidency has undoubtedly been a disappointment from a progressivepoint of view, its failures aren't due to a collapse of his politicalimagination, or to strategic errors during his first year ofgovernance. Rather, the political system suffers from a series ofstructural bottlenecks that encourage transformative change whilestanding in the way of its progressive counterpart.Expanding on this thesis, KABUKI DEMOCRACY: The System v. Barack Obamadeconstructs all aspects of the political system—from lobbying to theSupreme Court to the failure of the press to the prominence of anti-government ideology—to reveal how structural impediments have blockedObama from carrying out his democratic mandate. Alterman offers aclear game plan for potential change, expounding on his belief that"with regard to almost every single one of our problems, we needbetter, smarter organizing at every level and a willingness on thepart of liberals and leftists to work with what remains of the centerto begin the process of reforms that are a beginning, rather than anendpoint in the process of societal transformation."Blending incisive political analysis with a clear agenda for change,KABUKI DEMOCRACY cuts through the false promise offered by thetransformative politics of hope, arguing that real reform will onlycome when accompanied by resurgent civic engagement.Eric Alterman is an American historian, journalist, author, mediacritic, blogger, and educator. His political weblog named Altercationwas hosted by from 2002 until 2006, moved to Media Mattersfor America until December 2008, and is now hosted by The Nation. Heearned a B.A. in History and Government from Cornell University, anM.A. in International Relations from Yale University, and a Ph.D. inU.S. History from Stanford University.
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