Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others

Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others

Book - 2011
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Politicians and the political process, even in ostensibly democratic countries, can be deadly. James Gilligan has discovered a devastating truth that has been "hiding in plain sight" for the past century - namely, that when America's conservative party, the Republicans, have gained the presidency, the country has repeatedly suffered from epidemics of violent death. Rates of both suicide and homicide have skyrocketed. The reasons are all too obvious: rates of every form of social and economic distress, inequality, and loss - unemployment, recessions, poverty, bankruptcy, homelessness-also ballooned to epidemic proportions. When that has happened, those in the population who were most vulnerable have "snapped," with tragic consequences for everyone. These epidemics of lethal violence have then remained at epidemic levels until the more liberal parry, the Democrats, regained the White House and dramatically reduced the amount of deadly violence by diminishing the magnitude of the economic distress that had been causing it.
Publisher: Cambridge, [England] ; Malden, Mass. : Polity, 2011
Description: vii, 229 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780745649818
Branch Call Number: 320.973 Gil

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DebAK Mar 29, 2016

Please, TcclUser, give us some examples!

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TcclUser
Mar 21, 2016

Donald Trump comes to mind Dbak..... He's the shining example of conservative fascism above all others.

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jbolta
Dec 11, 2013

Like all propagandists, liberals create mythical enemies to distract from their own viciousness. They are the true dangerous ones.

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ClaireM_W
May 15, 2012

The writing is a little dry, but the thesis is jaw dropping. Politically, I'm a Lefty from way back, but even I never thought I'd actually see a serious book correlate the rise and fall of violent deaths (in the U.S.) with who is the President of the day. The image on the cover is the spoiler alert.

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