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State of Power 2016: Democracy, power and resistance

TNI's fifth annual State of Power 2016 report explores the intersect of power and democracy. Featuring prominent activists and academics, its essays feature the long battle between economic power and popular democracy, expose the different powers seeking to undermine democracy today, and tell the stories of radical popular democratic alternatives emerging worldwide.

Contents:

Introduction - Democracy is dead, long live democracies

Hilary Wainwright

Democracy, power and sovereignty in today's Europe

Yanis Varoufakis

A Global Post-Democratic Order

Leigh Phillips

Economics as Ideology: Challenging Expert Political Power

Elaine Coburn

Tyranny of Global Finance

Walden Bello

Multi-stakeholder Governance: A corporate push for a new form of global governance

Harris Gleckman

Case study: Nutrition and food - how government for and of the people became government for and by the TNCs

Flavio Luiz Schieck Valente

"To change the heart and soul": How elites contained the global climate justice movement

Herbert Docena

Precarity, Power and Democracy

Tom George

Freedom technologists and the future of global justice

John Postill

The open source city as the transnational democratic future

Bernardo Gutierrez

Power in India: Radical Pathways

Ashish Kothari and Pallav Das

President Barack Obama: The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single)

In this Kindle Singles Interview, President Barack Obama decried the "change in culture" that has changed our view of the American Dream. "There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous," the President said. "Kids weren't monitoring everyday what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success." He addressed the jobs issue from a personal perspective, reflecting on how his own life might have been different had he not experienced success in politics. "I could picture myself being a good teacher," the President mused.



In the interview, which took place on July 30, 2013, at an Amazon facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Obama discussed the increasing need for government programs that can actually make a difference. Sticking close to his standard message, he spoke frankly about the increasing polarization of American politics since the Great Recession and Republican Party intransigence over his agenda. On a personal note, he reflected that he and First Lady Michelle Obama are constantly reminding their daughters of the "slightly unreal environment that they're in," as children of privilege in a world constrained by unemployment and recession.



The interview was conducted by David Blum. Blum works for Amazon as the editor of Kindle Singles. He began his career as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and has been the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, the New York Press and 02138 Magazine. He was previously a writer and editor at The New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor at New York and Esquire magazines. He has written two books: "Flash in the Pan: The Life and Death of an American Restaurant" (1992), and "Tick...Tick...Tick...: The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes" (2004). He received his B.A. degree in English literature at the University of Chicago.



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American Government

American Government is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected Module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process. The book provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of American government and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. American Government includes updated information on the 2016 presidential election.

New World Order? No Way Out?: How the One-Percenters did it!

Whether you believe in conspiracy theories or not, the facts in this book will give you pause for thought.

The time for hoping it will all be all right, is long gone. Read this book! Look at the facts, and choose for yourself.

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Many of us are becoming aware of a growing global problem with national economies and terrorism, but some believe we are being led down this path by powerful people determined to destroy our free society in favour of their own greed. So, is this conspiracy nonsense?

The 9/11 attack, continuous wars in the Middle-East and now multiple terrorist incidents in Europe.

I became so confused and worried about the global decline I saw around me that I decided to start researching for myself. Over the last five years I have discovered many things that left me speechless. I want everyone to have the facts in front of them so they can make their own informed choices. Therefore, I have put together this short history of how the most powerful people in the world have managed to take us to the brink of destruction.

Ignorance is no longer bliss!

Empathy

Our society functions by separating us from each other: almost as soon as we're born, we are taught to divide people into groups and see some as more deserving (and more human) than others. Everything from massive inequality to war depends on this process of categorisation and dehumanisation.

In this provocative, inspiring piece of writing, Raoul Martinez asks how and why our empathy is controlled, and argues for a very different world - one of deeper understanding and indiscriminate compassion.

Outcomes & Efficiency: Leadership Handbook

There is a revolution afoot in Government management, design and leadership.

This is your essential guide to that revolution through systems thinking, commissioning, change management and practical implementation in the public sector.

The story is told through four chapters of development that will enable you to build a resilient Government organisation that is able to radically and quickly transform: designing the system of services, partners and citizens; implementing a full commissioning model to manage the system; realising the benefits through dynamic change management; and a final chapter describing a practical example to implement the new Outcomes & Efficiency model.

This book is a journey of exploration through public sector leadership, motivation, systems thinking, appreciative design, behavioural change, nudge, culture, chaos, frogs, monkeys, elephants and even more exciting developments...

Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, says:

"Outcomes & Efficiency is a must for all of those - and I count myself amongst them - who are trying to move beyond talking about the need for radical change to actually doing something about it. It is convincingly posited that the answers lie in submitting to a systems thinking approach, not least because the design of the public sector's future functions and forms constitute 'wicked issues' - challenges that are singularly difficult to solve because of incomplete, contradictory and changing information, expectations and requirements. In such a situation it would seem that it is as important to ask the right questions as it is to ask for the right answers.

And this book will help will that endeavour. Structured around the themes of systems thinking, commissioning and dynamic change management, and laced with practical examples and advice, it is a treasure trove for the curious and creative who want and need to know more about what to ask as well as what to do. It also, by implication, underlines the critical factor that will decide who has most success in this very serious game of solving the impossible - leadership."

The Prince: The Original Classic (Capstone Classics)

The Handbook for Leaders The Prince is often regarded as the first true leadership book. It shocked contemporary readers with its ruthless call for fearless and effective action. With simple prose and straightforward logic, Machiavelli's guide still has the power to surprise and inform anyone hoping to make their way in the world., This keepsake edition includes an introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon, drawing out lessons for managers and business leaders, and showing how The Prince remains vital reading for anyone in the realm of business or politics.

The Republic: The Influential Classic (Capstone Classics)

The newest deluxe edition in the bestselling Capstone Classics Series This ancient classic has had a make-over. In recent years these Capstone Classic deluxe editions have caught the book buying public's imagination. The volumes of international bestsellers such as Think and Grow Rich and The Art of War have quickly become the market leaders., Now Plato's best known work, one of the most intellectually and historically influential works of philosophy and political theory, has been brought to life in this luxury, hardback, keep-sake edition. This edition includes: * Plato's plans for a perfect society characterised by a blend of wisdom, courage, self-discipline and justice * Lessons to learn about living according to eternal truths, instead of existing simply for survival and pleasure * A new introduction by Tom Butler Bowdon, the classic personal development expert

911 Finding the Truth

The Communist Manifesto

The Writings of Thomas Paine: Collected and Edited by Moncure Daniel Conway: Volume 2

WHEN Thomas Paine sailed from America for France, in April, 1787, he was perhaps as happy a man as any in the world. His most intimate friend, Jefferson, was Minister at Paris, and his friend Lafayette was the idol of France. His fame had preceded him, and he at once became, in Paris, the centre of the same circle of savants and philosophers that had surrounded Franklin. His main reason for proceeding at once to Paris was that he might submit to the Academy of Sciences his invention of an iron bridge, and with its favorable verdict he came to England, in September. He at once went to his aged mother at Thetford, leaving with a publisher (Ridgway), his " Prospects on the Rubicon." He next made arrangements to patent his bridge, and to construct at Rotherham the large model of it exhibited on Paddington Green, London. He was welcomed in England by leading statesmen, such as Lansdowne and Fox, and above all by Edmund Burke, who for some time had him as a guest at Beaconsfield, and drove him about in various parts of the country. He had not the slightest revolutionary purpose, either as regarded England or France. Towards Louis XVI. he felt only gratitude for the services he had rendered America, and towards George III. he felt no animosity whatever. His four months' sojourn in Paris had convinced him that there was approaching a reform of that country after the American model, except that the Crown would be preserved, a compromise he approved, provided the throne should not be hereditary. Events in France travelled more swiftly than he had anticipated, and Paine was summoned by Lafayette, Condorcet, and others, as an adviser in the formation of a new constitution.

Confessions of a Terrorist: A Novel

Democracy In America, Volume 1

Democracy in America, Volume 2

Criminal Sociology

In Darkest England, and the Way Out

A Book of Remarkable Criminals

The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto (originally Manifesto of the Communist Party) is an 1848 political pamphlet by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Commissioned by the Communist League and originally published in London (in the German language as Manifest der kommunistischen Partei) just as the revolutions of 1848 began to erupt, the Manifesto was later recognised as one of the world's most influential political manuscripts. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, rather than a prediction of communism's potential future forms. The Communist Manifesto summarizes Marx and Engels' theories about the nature of society and politics, that in their own words, "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles." It also briefly features their ideas for how the capitalist society of the time would eventually be replaced by socialism, and then finally communism.