Democracy and Leadership

Democracy and Leadership

Author: Eric Thomas Weber

Publisher: Lexington Books

Published: 2013-11-25

Total Pages: 331

ISBN-13: 073915124X

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Democracy and Leadership: On Pragmatism and Virtue presents a theory of leadership drawing on insights from Plato’s Republic, while abandoning his authoritarianism in favor of John Dewey’s democratic thought. The book continues the democratic turn for the study of leadership beyond the incorporation of democratic values into old-fashioned views about leading. The completed democratic turn leaves behind the traditional focus on a class of special people. Instead, leadership is understood as a process of judicious yet courageous guidance, infused with democratic values and open to all people. The book proceeds in three parts, beginning with definitions and an understanding of the nature of leadership in general and of democratic leadership in particular. Then, Part II examines four challenges for a democratic theory of leadership. Finally, in Part III, the theory of democratic leadership is put to the test of addressing problems of poverty, educational frustration, and racial divides, particularly aggravated in Mississippi.


Uniting Mississippi

Uniting Mississippi

Author: Eric Thomas Weber

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

Published: 2015-09-16

Total Pages: 189

ISBN-13: 1496803329

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Uniting Mississippi applies a new, philosophically informed theory of democratic leadership to Mississippi's challenges. Governor William F. Winter has written a foreword for the book, supporting its proposals. The book begins with an examination of Mississippi's apparent Catch-22, namely the difficulty of addressing problems of poverty without fixing issues in education first, and vice versa. These difficulties can be overcome if we look at their common roots, argues Eric Thomas Weber, and if we practice virtuous democratic leadership. Since the approach to addressing poverty has for so long been unsuccessful, Weber reframes the problem. The challenges of educational failure reveal the extent to which there is a caste system of schooling. Certain groups of people are trapped in schools that are underfunded and failing. The ideals of democracy reject hierarchies of citizenship, and thus, the author contends, these ideals are truly tested in Mississippi. Weber offers theories of effective leadership in general and of democratic leadership in particular to show how Mississippi's challenges could be addressed with the guidance of common values. The book draws on insights from classical and contemporary philosophical outlooks on leadership, which highlight four key social virtues: wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice. Within this framework, the author approaches Mississippi's problems of poverty and educational frustration in a novel way that is applicable in and beyond the rural South. Weber brings to bear each of the virtues of democratic leadership on particular problems, with some overarching lessons and values to advance. The author's editorial essays are included in the appendix as examples of engaging in public inquiry for the sake of democratic leadership.


Liberal Bolshevism

Liberal Bolshevism

Author: Alexander G. Markovsky

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

Published: 2016-07-12

Total Pages: 318

ISBN-13: 1457548526

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Written by a Soviet émigré and scholar of Marxism, the book begins with the author’s recounting of the end of the Cold War. Despite the common perception that democracy defeated communism, the author presents evidence that the Democratic Party has adopted Marxism in a new philosophy he calls Liberal Bolshevism. Mr. Markovsky trucks the origins of Liberal Bolshevism back to the policies of Woodrow Wilson and FDR and chronicles the transformation of the Democratic Party into the Social Democratic Party. Through the prism of Marxism the author traces the rhythms and patterns of the toxic amalgamation of liberalism and socialism from Lenin to Obama and binds together the Democratic Party’s policies into a Marxist-socialist cause that American Social Democrats, just like their Soviet predecessors, are committed to achieving at all costs. Herein, the reader will find a reassessment of accepted postulates exposing the deeply rooted racism and anti-Semitism of the Democratic Party. The book also challenges vested views of socialism and capitalism. Overall, the work is intended as a dissident course of economics and political education. It is explosive and insightful.


An Outsider's Guide to Antifa

An Outsider's Guide to Antifa

Author: Matthew Knouff

Publisher: Lulu.com

Published: 2017-11-22

Total Pages: 384

ISBN-13: 1365988783

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The first volume of an introductory guide to the anti-fascist movement, focusing on historical fascism and the predecessor enemies to fascism, the epistemology of fascism, and the psychology of fascism and left-wing activism.


Here I Am

Here I Am

Author: Keith Scott

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Published: 2021-12-09

Total Pages: 148

ISBN-13: 1666731242

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What if God is hiding in plain sight? This is the question that author Keith Scott asks in his book about finding God’s presence in our lives. Here I Am flips the response that Abraham and Moses gave to God’s call, imagining it as God’s response to our question, “Where are you?” The book shows that God reveals himself in human nature, history, science, classical and popular culture, and in our common customs and habits. Along the way the reader also discovers answers to some of the most vexing issues facing believers, like the problem of evil, Darwin’s theory of evolution, and the meaning of salvation. Here I Am looks for the answers and finds them—and him—all around us.


Radicals for Capitalism

Radicals for Capitalism

Author: Brian Doherty

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Published: 2009-04-28

Total Pages: 320

ISBN-13: 0786731885

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On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism—the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat— has become an extremely influential strain of thought. But while many books talk about libertarian ideas, none until now has explored the history of this uniquely American movement—where and who it came from, how it evolved, and what impact it has had on our country. In this revelatory book, based on original research and interviews with more than 100 key sources, Brian Doherty traces the evolution of the movement through the unconventional life stories of its most influential leaders— Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman—and through the personal battles, character flaws, love affairs, and historical events that altered its course. And by doing so, he provides a fascinating new perspective on American history—from the New Deal through the culture wars of the 1960s to today's most divisive political issues. Neither an exposé nor a political polemic, this entertaining historical narrative will enlighten anyone interested in American politics.


The "Good War" in American Memory

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Author: John Bodnar

Publisher: JHU Press

Published: 2010-10-01

Total Pages: 321

ISBN-13: 1421400022

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The “Good War” in American Memory dispels the long-held myth that Americans forged an agreement on why they had to fight in World War II. John Bodnar's sociocultural examination of the vast public debate that took place in the United States over the war's meaning reveals that the idea of the "good war" was highly contested. Bodnar's comprehensive study of the disagreements that marked the American remembrance of World War II in the six decades following its end draws on an array of sources: fiction and nonfiction, movies, theater, and public monuments. He identifies alternative strands of memory—tragic and brutal versus heroic and virtuous—and reconstructs controversies involving veterans, minorities, and memorials. In building this narrative, Bodnar shows how the idealism of President Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms was lost in the public commemoration of World War II, how the war's memory became intertwined in the larger discussion over American national identity, and how it only came to be known as the "good war" many years after its conclusion.