Kill it to save it

An autopsy of capitalism’s triumph over democracy

By Corey Dolgon

Kill it to save it
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    05 Apr 2017
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    978-1447317128
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    138 x 216 mm
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How have the ‘powerful’ convinced most Americans to support policies only beneficial to those in power? How do they ‘manufacture’ consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied? Why have so many Americans given up on good public education, safe food and safe streets, living wages and democracy itself?
Kill it to Save it lays bare the suicidal irony of US political discourse by documenting the historical and theoretical story of capitalism’s triumph over democracy. Tackling issues of neo-liberalism and declining public institutions, Dolgon argues that American citizens now accept “reform” policies that simply destroy the public sector and a political culture that embraces what Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness”—to accept arguments that feel right “in the gut” regardless of fancy science or messy facts.
Covering the post-Vietnam era to the present parade of political reality TV, Dolgon dismantles US ‘common sense’ cultural discourse and explains why the ‘endless crisis’ in US policy will continue unabated until a critical mass of American citizens recognize who and what are being killed and in whose interest.
Dr Corey Dolgon is Professor of Sociology and Director of Community Based Learning at Stonehill College, Easton, MA, USA. He is past president of the Association for Humanist Sociology and has taught at Harvard and Clark Universities. Corey is the author of three other books including the award winning The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise. He has published many articles for anthologies, journals and magazines, and is the new co-editor for Critical Sociology
Introduction: In My Life;
Part One: The Strange Life of Kill it to Save it: Origins, Theories and Myths;
Part Overview: Why an Autopsy? The Politics of History;
The Vietnamization of American ;
Mourning Again in America;
Part Two: Learning American Style: The Life and Death of American Education;
Part Overview: History of Learning American Style;
How the Knowledge Economy Killed Knowledge, and Other Scary Stories Out of School;
The University Burns While the Knowledge Factory Hums;
Part Three: Junk Food, Junk Science, and Junk Freedom: Life and Death in America;
Part Overview: History of Health in America;
Industrialized Food and Industrialized Farmers;
Junk Food, Junk Science and a Bad Case of Mad Truth Disease;
Junk Freedom, Broken Windows, and Black Lives Matter;
Part Four: The Life and Death of America’s Economy and Government;
Part Overview: It’s the Political Economy Stupid;
Beyond Voodoo Economics: The Myth of Marco Rubio;
Shock Doctrines, Disaster Capitalism, and Smart ALECs;
The Myth of Common Sense Austerity and the Slow Death of America's Economy;
Epilogue: Innocents Abroad; Trouble at Home: Kill it to Save it Goes Global.

"Longtime activist and provocative thinker, Corey Dolgon, has written a compelling and timely new book, "Kill It to Save It," which explores neoliberalism, popular culture, the decline of public institutions, and the serious challenges activists and organizers face as we imagine a world beyond the crumbling edifices of U.S. capitalism." Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois, Chicago

"To understand the popularity of Donald J. Trump and the prevailing logic that turns billionaires into job creators, unions into job destroyers, and climate scientists into godless Communists, we need Corey Dolgon. .... Kill It to Save It is mandatory reading if we are to replace the neoliberal “common sense” with the radical possibilities of “good sense." Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

“I always love a good whodunit and like a good Agatha Christie mystery, Dolgon peels back the layers of neoliberalism to expose not only the crimes and who committed them, but the weapons they used and the fake alibis they told. If you want to know why reality TV politics and budget austerity killed our democracy and economy, read this book.” Jim Hightower, Author, radio commentator, and editor of The Hightower Lowdown

“There is no better time in US history to examine how common sense ideas have made American life and freedoms worse, not better - ours is a crisis many years in the making. This is a must read book if, like me, you are trying to make sense of a society that seems to have gone bonkers!” Dr. David G. Embrick, University of Connecticut

About the book

How have the ‘powerful’ convinced most Americans to support policies only beneficial to those in power? How do they ‘manufacture’ consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied? Why have so many Americans given up on good public education, safe food and safe streets, living wages and democracy itself?
Kill it to Save it lays bare the suicidal irony of US political discourse by documenting the historical and theoretical story of capitalism’s triumph over democracy. Tackling issues of neo-liberalism and declining public institutions, Dolgon argues that American citizens now accept “reform” policies that simply destroy the public sector and a political culture that embraces what Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness”—to accept arguments that feel right “in the gut” regardless of fancy science or messy facts.
Covering the post-Vietnam era to the present parade of political reality TV, Dolgon dismantles US ‘common sense’ cultural discourse and explains why the ‘endless crisis’ in US policy will continue unabated until a critical mass of American citizens recognize who and what are being killed and in whose interest.

Content

Introduction: In My Life;
Part One: The Strange Life of Kill it to Save it: Origins, Theories and Myths;
Part Overview: Why an Autopsy? The Politics of History;
The Vietnamization of American ;
Mourning Again in America;
Part Two: Learning American Style: The Life and Death of American Education;
Part Overview: History of Learning American Style;
How the Knowledge Economy Killed Knowledge, and Other Scary Stories Out of School;
The University Burns While the Knowledge Factory Hums;
Part Three: Junk Food, Junk Science, and Junk Freedom: Life and Death in America;
Part Overview: History of Health in America;
Industrialized Food and Industrialized Farmers;
Junk Food, Junk Science and a Bad Case of Mad Truth Disease;
Junk Freedom, Broken Windows, and Black Lives Matter;
Part Four: The Life and Death of America’s Economy and Government;
Part Overview: It’s the Political Economy Stupid;
Beyond Voodoo Economics: The Myth of Marco Rubio;
Shock Doctrines, Disaster Capitalism, and Smart ALECs;
The Myth of Common Sense Austerity and the Slow Death of America's Economy;
Epilogue: Innocents Abroad; Trouble at Home: Kill it to Save it Goes Global.
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