Let´s Chat About Democracy:exploring forms of government in a treehouse Michelle A Balconi, Arthur B Laffer
Until the watershed leak of top-secret documents by Edward Snowden to The Guardian (UK) and The Washington Post, most Americans did not realize the extent to which our government is actively acquiring personal information from telecommunications companies and other corporations. As made startlingly clear, the National Security Agency (NSA) has collected information on every phone call Americans have made over the past seven years. In that same time, the NSA and the FBI have gained the ability to access emails, photos, audio and video chats, and additional content from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Skype, Apple, and others, allegedly in order to track foreign targets. In Spying on Democracy, National Lawyers Guild executive director Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and the future of democracy itself. Boghosian reveals how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, and their perceived political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government intelligence agencies mine data from sources as diverse as surveillance cameras, unmanned drones, iris scans, and medical records while combing websites, email, phone records, and social media for resale to third parties, including US intelligence agencies. The ACLU´s Michael German says of the examples shown in Boghosian´s book, ´´This unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates, and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse.´´ Boghosian adds, ´´If the trend is permitted to continue, we will soon live in a society where nothing is confidential, no information is really secure, and our civil liberties are under constant surveillance and co 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026743/bk_adbl_026743_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A powerful history of the making and unmaking of American democracy and global power, told in sweeping scope and intimate detail. In the winter of 1936, Franklin Roosevelt remarked in a fireside chat, ´´I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.´´ Certainly apt in the midst of the Great Depression, the idea of a nation in the making still resonates today as we measure the achievements and shortcomings of our democracy. Over the 20th century, Americans have worked, organized, marched, and fought to make the nation´s ideals a reality for all. This shared commitment to achieving an American democracy is the inspiring theme of These United States. Acclaimed historians Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore and Thomas J. Sugrue forge the panoramic and the personal into an authoritative narrative. They give us insightful accounts of the century´s large events - war, prosperity, and depression; astute leadership and arrogant power; the rise and decline of a broad middle class. And they ground the history in the stories of everyday Americans such as William Hushka, a Lithuanian immigrant who makes and loses an American life; Stan Igawa, a Japanese-American who never doubts his citizenship despite internment during World War II; and Betty Dukes, a Wal-Mart cashier who takes on America´s largest corporation over wage discrimination. The history begins and ends in periods of concentrated wealth, with immigration roiling politics and racial divisions flaring. Its arc over those 100-plus years raises key questions: How far has our democracy come? Were the postwar decades of middle-class prosperity and global power a culmination of the American Century or the exception in a long history of economic and political division? Gilmore and Sugrue frame these questions by drawing the illuminating connections characteristic of the best historical writing. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying re 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008107/bk_blak_008107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.