Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy

Gag Rule On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy Award winning columnist Lewis Lapham issues an urgent new polemic about the strangling of meaningful dissent the lifeblood of democracy at the hands of a government and media increasingly beholden to

  • Title: Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy
  • Author: Lewis H. Lapham
  • ISBN: 9780143035022
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Award winning columnist Lewis Lapham issues an urgent new polemic about the strangling of meaningful dissent the lifeblood of democracy at the hands of a government and media increasingly beholden to the wealthy few Never before, Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation, so marginalized and muted by a government that recklessAward winning columnist Lewis Lapham issues an urgent new polemic about the strangling of meaningful dissent the lifeblood of democracy at the hands of a government and media increasingly beholden to the wealthy few Never before, Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation, so marginalized and muted by a government that recklessly disregards civil liberties In the midst of the war on terror, we face a crisis of democracy as serious as any in our history Gag Rule is a rousing and necessary call to action in defense of the right to raise our voices and have those voices heard.

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    1. Lewis Henry Lapham was the editor of Harper s Magazine from 1976 until 1981, and again from 1983 until 2006 He is the founder and current editor of Lapham s Quarterly, featuring a wide range of famous authors devoted to a single topic in each issue Lapham has also written numerous books on politics and current affairs.Lapham s Quarterlylaphamsquarterly

    2. Read the STOP SMILING interview with author Lewis LaphamQ&A: Lewis LaphamBy JC Gabel(This interview originally appeared in STOP SMILING The Downfall of American Publishing Issue)Stop Smiling: You started your career as a reporter at The San Francisco Examiner. Do you find it strange that going to journalism school has become such a prestigious accomplishment? When you were coming up, it was much more a trade profession where you learned on the job. Do you think that might be what's wrong wit [...]

    3. In a chillingly cogent treatment, Lapham chronicles the many instances in American history where the powers that be convince the masses to forego civil liberties in the name of chauvinism, er, patriotism. The motivations of these powers range from ideological convictions to naked greed, but the underlying impetus always involves a concerted effort to bamboozle the general populace into accepting the time-honored tiering of power in the United States of America. Ultimately, Lapham makes the case [...]

    4. Excellent book on the value of dissent and thinking for yourself in a democracy! Lapham points out how, as a country, we have a history of squelching dissent and free speech often in the name of national security Woodrow Wilson during WWI to the Red Scare of the late 40s and early 50s to the recent fiasco of the Bush administration and Iraq. Each time that we chip away at our freedoms and democracy, we are in fact doing some of the damage that the enemy, itself, was unable to do. Don't read this [...]

    5. On the suppression of dissent and the stiffling of democracy.I think democracy is dead and buried. We are now living in global autocracies,kingdoms,and aristocracies.On our way to 1984.This book is like closing the gate after all the livestock are gone.As the great Canadian poet Irving Layton said "The sensitive write the insensitive rule".

    6. Politically, Lapham and I differ more than we agree, but I sympathize with some of his main ideas. As always, he is a treat to read, even when dealing with deadly-serious issues such as the mishandling of our monstrous Frankenstein of a government. This manifesto is a superb example of brilliant rhetoric.

    7. Lapham is credible and insightful, and very critical of the media (of which he is a long-time member). Example: "Servile by need, the media become servile in spirit, willing to trade the capacity to think for the security of being told."

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