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While most American government books address politics from a pluralist perspective, this book approaches the subject using an elitist perspective. It helps readers understand why the U S government works as it does. Описание: This book begins with the emergence of peoples in North America and traces their stories to the beginning of the early twenty-first century.

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While most American politics texts address American politics from a pluralist perspective, THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY: AN. .He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy.

by Louis Schubert, Thomas R. Dye, Harmon Zeigler English January 1.While most American government texts address politics from a pluralist perspective.

While most American government texts address politics from a pluralist perspective, this text approaches the subject by addressing the theme of elitism and contrasting it with democratic theory and modern pluralist theory. As a result, this text helps readers understand why the . government works as it does.

An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics.

The Irony of Democracy : An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics. by Thomas R. Dye and L. Harmon Zeigler.

The elites and not the masses govern our country is the theme of this affordable CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS version ofTHE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY. Known for its "elitist approach" to American Government, this text presents its argument in a new context--the politics of the 21st century--including the Clinton and Bush Administrations effects on government and politics the U.S.

When I did actually open this book and read it (for class) I found it boring and dry, typical college textbook!
Decades ago The Irony of Democracy sat upon the thrift store shelf, literally whispering to me, calling out to be read. Forking over the twenty-five cent piece (US currency) I boldly strode to the abode and commenced devouring the words within.

Over the years I read the book again then yet again. Ultimately, over a 35 year period, I believe the total number of readings has been either five or six.

Each time I interpreted the words, sentences, paragraphs and more in different ways as my knowledge base and, I hope, my wisdom, very slightly expanded as I amassed knowledge and wisdom from extensive non-fiction reading from many subject areas along with life experience.

I must warn thee, my fellow Americans, that perhaps it MAY be best for you to ignore this book. To shun it. To flee if you espy it and to avert your eyes wherever it appears.

"Why, you Disgruntled Old Coot?" I can imagine you shouting out in wonderment.

Because... you may, possibly, perhaps, be altered into some form of disgruntled yourself.

This book, combined with gained knowledge from other sources along with my individual life experience has altered the indoctrination/brainwashing all Americans are exposed to from our earliest years from a bewildering variety of sources.

Once I was a much less complex creature, blindly believing that what our Founders created was, though imperfect as is all that is human created, a truly wondrous entity of governing. So immersed was I in the indoctrination I ignored so much evidence to the contrary and also enlisted in the USA military, prancing off to two overseas tours to "defend" the USA and Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic; ready to sacrifice my life "for the cause."

But, The Irony of Democracy opened my eyes and the neural pathways nestled within my most empty head.

As I shrugged off the indoctrination over time AND learned what the Founders created and how the federal government is supposed to operate (information not delivered to most Americans via the mass media, babbling politicians spewing their rhetoric and our educational system, especially at the K-12th grade levels) I became disgusted, angered, ill-at-ease, many negative emotions and thought processes that I eventually became hostile towards the federal government, America's elite class and many other systems, sub-systems, institutions, bureaucracies, etc. that comprise many parts of that which, as a whole, is labeled the USA.

Yes, there IS much good about the USA but too many of the institutions we are immersed in are corrupt, usurped by an elite class who abandoned the "honor" the Founders apparently intended to guide the elite class through the centuries.

From the jack-booted thugs to corporate America to wealthy/powerful special interest groups, the intended power of "We, the People", has been cast aside as an upper-crust has continually spat upon the masses of citizenry while walking upon our backs, shoving too many of us face first into the mire of economic despair.

Distanced from the citizenry by vast expensive bureaucracies run and manned by a multitude of bureaucrats and their underlings, the lackeys and minions of the elite class are too-often loyal to their elite masters who divvy out the pay and benefits and pensions. What became of loyalty to country, to freedom, to the concept of "We, the People"? Lost to greed and indoctrination.

Read The Irony of Democracy at your own peril.

Perhaps your indoctrination, other readings and life experience will NOT turn you against the establish order, the status quo.

But if you are affected as was I, life is not quite so squeaky clean. Anger may rise within you, perhaps to the point where loyalty to many aspects of the USA is reduced, perhaps eliminated.

Maybe you will become one of the apparently growing numbers of citizens believing the current regime within their compounds at Washington DC and elsewhere does not deserve to remain and must be replaced... yet, the status quo and in-placed systems do not allow voting to make any meaningful change, leaving only what? Revolution? Insurrection? Military coup? Civil war?

As stated, read the book at your own risk. Life may be better, happier, simpler and care-free if you avoid this book-type and just remain one of the bleating sheep citizenry and accept the indoctrination intended to keep you passive and accepting, even supportive, of the elite class created status quo.
I read this book thirty years ago and it had a profound impact on me. I was glad to see it still is in print and has been updated so many times. The basic premise of this book today has not changed substantially from thirty years ago. There is a certain "sophistication" for lack of a better word, to be able to properly exercise democracy, which is what the authors want the readers to grasp. It is in this regard that they espouse an "elitist" theory of governance. They use many examples throughout the book to illustrate this simple concept. The one that comes to mind is how people are naturally "undemocratic" even though they claim they are democratic thinking. The authors interviewed many people and asked them if they believed in freedom of thought, in freedom of expression and a huge majority expressed that they did (close to 90%). But when asked if they thought it was OK for a person who believed in communism be allowed to speak at their church, then the majority didn't think that someone who clearly didn't think like them should be allowed to speak at their church.

This simple example is not only frightening, but also explains a lot about the state of our democracy today. Rather than becoming more tolerent as a society, we seem to have become more and more intolerent, and it is indeed the few people "at the top" who somehow have the obligation keep it all together.

What makes this book especially relevent today, is the rise and (hopefully) fall of the politics of Karl Rove, a master at manipulating the undemocratic (authoritarian) masses in voting for our current President, with disastrous results. When the elites become master manipulators of divisions and intolerance instead of attempting to govern by consensus-building our democracy is in real peril. This book should be required reading for everyone in order to graduate from high school, in order to give people a realistic appreciation of how democracy really works.
"The Irony of Democracy" was my college-level introduction to American politics, and I feel it provided me something far greater than any of the political/historical texts I read in high school. Instead of the same details of Democrats as the longest political party and Columbus crossing the ocean blue in 1492, Dye and Zeigler focus on the current United States political agendas and attempt to unravel how and why this country has developed as it has.
The thing that I liked best about this text is that it reads more like a novel than a textbook. It explains United States politics in an engaging way that forces the reader to react. Dye and Zeigler support that America is an elitist nation, and back up their argument with an analysis of government structure (primary elections, electoral college, what it takes to REALLY make it into Congress) and interaction between governmental branches and the American public (through political action committees, interest groups, and the media). Also interesting are the facts presented on similarities between political parties as an effort to reach the "middle ground."
If your instructor recommends this book, expect a class that will take you far beyond the nuts and bolts of American politics; expect to make your own conclusions on what may make the United States a stronger nation, why you should challenge the system from time to time, and actually learn WHY and HOW politics work the way that they do. The class you take may end up requiring more thought or effort on your part if this is one of the required readings, but you will come out of the class more informed, wary, and enlightened about what really governs our actions and thoughts as masses.