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ISBN: 185984572X
Author: Neal Wood
Language: English
Publisher: Verso (February 5, 2004)
Pages: 160
Category: International
Subcategory: Money
Rating: 4.5
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has been added to your Cart. Wood's position towards America and its economic system is evident from the opening chapter, which engages in the type of muddled generalization and moral certitude that mark much of this book.

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A Marxist scholar of the history of political thought, Neal Wood (10 September 1922 – 17 September 2003) located political ideas within social relations, property forms, and popular struggles, writing on topics as variant as the British Communist Party, John Locke, Aristotle, Edmund Burke, and St. Augustine. Communism and British Intellectuals, Columbia University Press, 1959.

The portents of social and political decay in the US are numerous

The chief difference from other tyrannies is its facelessness, its dependence on impersonal coercive power more than on direct violence and terror against its subjects. The portents of social and political decay in the US are numerous. Americans lack adequate universal medical care and their physical and mental health is declining.

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All world empires have decayed from within and eventually fallen. The new tyranny’s demise may long be hidden by a sophisticated technology and international armed might. The new tyranny's demise may long be hidden by a sophisticated technology and international armed might.

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Communism and British Intellectuals, Columbia University Press, 1959. Class Ideology and Ancient Political Theory: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle in Social Context, with Ellen Meiksins Wood, Blackwell, 1978. The Politics of Locke's Philosophy : A Social Study of 'An Essay Concerning Human Understanding', University of California Press, 1983.

A Marxist scholar of the history of political thought, Neal Wood located political ideas within social relations, property forms, and popular struggles, writing on topics .

A Marxist scholar of the history of political thought, Neal Wood located political ideas within social relations, property forms, and popular struggles, writing on topics as variant as the British Communist Party, John Locke, Aristotle, Edmund Burke, and Saint Augustine. Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, United States of America. September 17, 2003 (aged 81).

The US has been subjected to the ruthless and unrelenting tyranny of the world’s most advanced capitalism, permeating every aspect of American life. The chief difference from other tyrannies is its facelessness, its dependence on impersonal coercive power more than on direct violence and terror against its subjects.A frightening irony of this new tyranny, dissected by the distinguished historian of political thought Neal Wood, is that it is producing a degenerating society and a politics headed toward collapse. All world empires have decayed from within and eventually fallen. The new tyranny’s demise may long be hidden by a sophisticated technology and international armed might.The portents of social and political decay in the US are numerous. America is an inegalitarian class society with an ever-growing chasm separating a minuscule minority of the very rich from the poor and moderately well-off. Americans lack adequate universal medical care and their physical and mental health is declining. American society is a culture of rapidly proliferating violence, rampant consumerism, mindless entertainment, and freneticism, while its political culture, grounded in an eighteenth- century constitutionthat was never intended to create a democracyis ever more hollow and undemocratic. Tyranny in America, written in the spirit of Tom Paine and inspired by Karl Marx, scathingly addresses the chief maladies afflicting the US and forcefully argues that fundamental change is necessary if moral, political, and social implosion is to be avoided.

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Eayaroler
he late Professor Wood was one of my best teachers at Coluimbia Univ grad school in history of political thought and my thesis adviser in 1961-62. He is not a Canadian as someone wrote but did teach in Canada for a time. He was an American who went to England as a volunteer for the RAF before the US entered WWII and then switched to the US Air Force. He died in England. This book is a devastating polemic on the degeration of American society. I agree with his description. But his cause and effect relationship is backward. He blames Capitalism for all manner of social evils. But in my opinion it has been the much vaster influence of 'modernism' since circa 1900 that generated social decline which has been mirrored in the economic sphere with the growth of so-called 'crony capitalism' which is not real capitalism. We no longer live in the economic environment described by Adam Smith or David Ricardo. In his final chapter on what should be done he offers an utopian semi-socialism. Unfortunately we are unable to debate the proven results of such a society with him today.
Eseve
Even if one is not in complete agreement with the author, this is intriguing political theory at its best.

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