Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

By Irshad Manji

The New York Times bestselling writer to whom Oprah gave her first ever “Chutzpah” Award, Irshad Manji writes a bridge-building e-book that's either a stirring mirrored image and a route to action.

In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a course for Muslims and non-Muslims to go beyond the fears that cease such a lot of folks from dwelling with honest-to- God integrity: the terror of offending others in a multicultural global in addition to the terror of wondering our personal groups. when you consider that publishing her overseas bestseller, The hassle with Islam this day, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She indicates how any folks can reconcile religion with freedom and therefore detect the Allah of liberty and love—the common God that loves us adequate to offer us offerings and the means to lead them to.

Among the main seen Muslim reformers of our period, Manji attracts on her adventure within the trenches to proportion tales which are deeply poignant, usually humorous and consistently revealing approximately those morally careworn occasions. What prevents younger Muslims, even within the West, from expressing their want for non secular reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims approximately brazenly aiding liberal voices inside Islam? How did we get into the mess of putting up with insupportable customs, equivalent to honor killings, and the way will we switch that noxious establishment? How can humans ditch dogma whereas conserving religion? especially, how can each one people embark on a private trip towards ethical courage—the willingness to talk up whilst every person else desires to close you up?

Allah, Liberty and Love is the last word consultant to changing into a gutsy worldwide citizen. Irshad Manji believes profoundly not only in Allah, but additionally in her fellow people.

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Why Are We The Good Guys?: Reclaiming Your Mind From The Delusions Of Propaganda

By David Cromwell

One of the unstated assumptions of the Western international is that we're nice defenders of human rights,
a loose press and some great benefits of industry economics. error can be made alongside the way in which, even perhaps
tragic error of judgement resembling the 2003 invasion of Iraq. however the winning view is that the West is
essentially a strength for stable within the wider global. Why Are We the nice men? is a provocative problem
of this fake ideology. David Cromwell digs underneath typical debts of the most important concerns reminiscent of overseas
policy, weather swap and the consistent fight among state-corporate energy and real democracy.
The robust evidence-based research of present affairs is leavened via many of the formative experiences
that led the writer to question the fundamental delusion of Western benevolence: from schoolroom
experiments in democracy, publicity to radical principles at domestic, and a mercy venture whereas at sea;
to an unforeseen come upon with former overseas Secretary Robin cook dinner, the struggles to post
hard-hitting journalism, and the founding of Media Lens in 2001.

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The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government

By Philip K. Howard

The mystery to solid govt is a query not anyone in Washington is looking: “What’s definitely the right factor to do?”

What’s mistaken in Washington is deeper than you think that.

Yes, there’s gridlock, polarization, and self-dealing. yet hidden beneath is anything larger and extra damaging. It’s a damaged governing procedure. From that comes wasteful executive, emerging debt, failing colleges, pricey future health care, and financial hardship.

Rules have changed management in the USA. paperwork, rules, and outdated legislations tie our palms and confine coverage offerings. no one asks, “What’s the correct factor to do here?” as a substitute, they ask yourself, “What does the guideline publication say?”

There’s a deadly flaw in America’s governing system―trying to decree correctness via inflexible legislation won't ever paintings. Public paralysis is the inevitable results of the regular accretion of distinctive ideas. the USA is now run by way of useless people―by political leaders from the previous who enacted crucial courses that churn forward despite waste, irrelevance, or new priorities.

America must extensively simplify its working method and provides people―officials and electorate alike―the freedom to be sensible. ideas can’t accomplish our pursuits. basically people can get issues done.

In The Rule of Nobody Philip okay. Howard argues for a go back to the framers’ imaginative and prescient of public law―setting pursuits and limits, now not dictating day-by-day offerings. This incendiary booklet explains how the United States went unsuitable and provides a advisor for a way to free up human ingenuity to satisfy the demanding situations of this century.

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Democrats and Autocrats: Pathways of Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity within Democratic Countries (Transformations in Governance)

By Agustina Giraudy

Even though Latin American nations have transitioned to democracy, many voters dwelling in peripheral areas proceed to dwell lower than undemocratic rule. Democrats and Autocrats reviews the life of subnational undemocratic regimes (SURs) along nationwide democratic regimes. particularly it solutions the subsequent questions: Why do SURs live to tell the tale regardless of nationwide democratization? Why do a little subnational autocrats and SURs be successful regardless of presidents' techniques to weaken SURs? Why do democratic presidents aid a few autocrats and SURs, even if they're from the competition? lower than what stipulations do democratically elected presidents suggest or strive against (opposition and/or copartisan) autocrats and SURs?

Contrary to standard knowledge, the booklet argues that there are a number of pathways for SURs replica inside democratic nations. those pathways, in flip, are made up our minds through a particular mix of intergovernmental interactions, all of that are formed by way of institutional and monetary nationwide and subnational variables.

The clarification of SUR continuity complex during this booklet is proven in modern Argentina and Mexico utilizing a multi-method process. either quantitative and qualitative equipment, in addition to cross-national and within-country comparisons are hired to check pathways of SUR continuity in of Latin America's biggest countries.

alterations in Governance is an incredible new educational publication sequence from Oxford collage Press. it really is designed to deal with the remarkable progress of study in comparative politics, diplomacy, public coverage, federalism, environmental and concrete experiences excited about the dispersion of authority from principal states as much as supranational associations, all the way down to subnational governments, and side-ways to public-private networks. It brings jointly paintings that considerably advances our figuring out of the association, explanations, and outcomes of multilevel and intricate governance. The sequence is selective, containing each year a small variety of books of highly prime quality by way of best and rising scholars.

The sequence objectives almost always single-authored or co-authored paintings, however it is pluralistic by way of disciplinary specialization, learn layout, process, and geographical scope. Case stories in addition to comparative experiences, old in addition to modern reports, and reviews with a countrywide, nearby, or foreign concentration are all principal to its goals. Authors use qualitative, quantitative, formal modeling, or combined tools. A alternate mark of the books is they mix scholarly rigour with readable prose and an enticing creation variety.

The sequence is edited through Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks of the collage of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the VU Amsterdam, and Walter Mattli of the collage of Oxford.

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How Democratic is the American Constitution? Second Edition

During this quantity, an eminent political scientist questions the level to which the yank structure furthers democratic targets. Robert Dahl finds the Constitution's most likely antidemocratic parts and explains why they're there, compares the yankee constitutional process to different democratic structures, and explores how american citizens may regulate their political process to accomplish higher equality between electorate. In a brand new bankruptcy for this moment version, he indicates how expanding ameliorations in country populations printed via the Census of 2000 have extra elevated the veto energy over constitutional amendments held by means of a tiny minority of usa citizens. He then explores the customers for altering a few very important political practices that aren't prescribed by means of the written structure, although so much american citizens may perhaps imagine them to be so.

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Bush v. Gore: The Question of Legitimacy

The ideally suited Court's intervention within the 2000 election will form American legislations and democracy lengthy after George W. Bush has left the White residence. This examine brings jointly a wide variety of criminal students who handle the bigger questions raised by means of the ultimate Court's activities. Did the Court's determination violate the rule of thumb of legislations? Did it inaugurate an period of super-politicized jurisprudence? How should still Bush v. Gore switch the phrases of discussion over the subsequent around of perfect court docket appointments?

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Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower

By William Blum

“Bravo! A vibrant, well-aimed critique of the evils folks worldwide interventionism, an excellent antidote to officialdom’s lies and propaganda.”—Michael Parenti

Rogue State forcibly reminds us of vp Agnew’s immortal line, ‘The usa, for all its faults, remains to be the best country within the country.’”—Gore Vidal

“Bill Blum got here by way of his booklet name simply: He easily established the USA through an analogous criteria we use to pass judgement on different nations. the result's a invoice of wrongs—an specially well-documented encyclopedia of malfeasance, lying and mayhem that has been hypocritically conducted within the identify of democracy via these whose merely real love used to be power.”—Sam Smith

William Blum’s most modern e-book is Freeing the realm To dying: Essays at the American Empire.

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Plato's Democratic Entanglements: Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy

In this e-book, Sara Monoson demanding situations the longstanding and largely held view that Plato is a virulent opponent of all issues democratic. She doesn't, despite the fact that, supply instead the both wrong concept that he's by some means a partisan of democracy. as an alternative, she argues that we must always attend extra heavily to Plato's recommendation that democracy is frightening and interesting, and she or he seeks to give an explanation for why he chanced on it morally and politically intriguing.

Monoson makes a speciality of Plato's engagement with democracy as he knew it: a cluster of cultural practices that stretch into deepest and public lifestyles, in addition to a collection of governing associations. She proposes that whereas Plato charts tensions among the claims of democratic legitimacy and philosophical fact, he additionally indicates a remarkable allure to 4 practices crucial to Athenian democratic politics: excessive antityrantism, frank talking, public funeral oratory, and theater-going. through juxtaposing specific exam of those points of Athenian democracy with research of the figurative language, dramatic constitution, and arguments of the dialogues, she indicates that Plato systematically hyperlinks democratic beliefs and actions to philosophic exertions. Monoson unearths that Plato's political suggestion exposes intimate connections among Athenian democratic politics and the perform of philosophy.

Situating Plato's political inspiration within the context of the Athenian democratic imaginary, Monoson develops a brand new, textured mind set of the connection among Plato's idea and the politics of his city.

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Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View

Charged with the accountability of studying the structure, the best court docket has the notable energy to strike down legislation enacted by way of our elected representatives. Why does the general public settle for the Court’s judgements as valid and stick with them, even if these judgements are hugely unpopular? What needs to the court docket do to keep up the public’s religion? How can it assist in making our democracy work?
In this groundbreaking publication, Justice Stephen Breyer tackles those questions and extra, supplying an unique method of reading the structure that judges, legal professionals, and students will glance to for a few years to come.

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Social Movements and the New State: The Fate of Pro-Democracy Organizations When Democracy Is Won

The world's democracies cheered because the social activities of the Arab Spring ended the reigns of longstanding dictators and ushered within the hazard of democracy. but those particular transitions additionally healthy right into a broader trend of democratic breakthroughs around the world, the place political leaders emerge from the pro-democracy flow that helped impact swap. In Social events and the recent State, Brian Grodsky examines the relationships among new political elites and the civil society organisations that introduced them to strength in 3 culturally and geographically disparate countries—Poland, South Africa, and Georgia.

This booklet argues that the identities and private networks built throughout the fight offer "movement activists" with possibilities to steer minor concerns, yet that new and differing institutional pressures create schisms on broader coverage which may flip previous bonds right into a legal responsibility instead of an asset. Drawing on media analyses and greater than a hundred and fifty elite interviews, Grodsky deals a unprecedented empirical evaluate of the measure to which social circulate firms form activists' ideals and activities over the lengthy term.

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