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By Charles J. Sykes

ISBN-10: 1250022320

ISBN-13: 9781250022325

Have we reached a tipping aspect the place extra american citizens rely on the efforts of others than on their lonesome? Are we turning into a country of moochers?

In A kingdom of Moochers, Charles J. Sykes argues that we're already very as regards to that time, if we've not already crossed the road: from the company bailouts on Wall road, to huge, immense pension, healthcare, and different entitlement bills, to questionable tax exemptions for companies and contributors, to the alarming raises in own default and dependency, the hot moocher tradition cuts throughout traces of sophistication, race, and personal and public sectors.

 

A state of Moochers explores the shift within the American personality in addition to the economic system. a lot of the anger of the present political weather stems from the conclusion through thousands of usa citizens that they're being compelled to pay for the greed-driven difficulties of different humans and firms; more and more, those that plan and behave sensibly are being requested to bail out the profligate. Sykes’ argument isn't really opposed to compassion or valid charity, yet distinguishes among definable wishes and the moocher tradition, within which self-reliance and private accountability have given solution to mass greedy after entitlements, tax breaks, merits, bailouts, and different kinds of feeding on the public trough.

Persuasively argued and wryly enjoyable, A state of Moochers is a rallying cry for american citizens who're bored with taking part in by way of the foundations and deciding to buy those that don’t.

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Have we reached a tipping aspect the place extra americans rely on the efforts of others than on their lonesome? Are we turning into a kingdom of moochers?

In A country of Moochers, Charles J. Sykes argues that we're already very on the subject of that time, if we've not already crossed the road: from the company bailouts on Wall road, to huge, immense pension, healthcare, and different entitlement expenditures, to questionable tax exemptions for companies and contributors, to the alarming raises in own default and dependency, the recent moocher tradition cuts throughout traces of sophistication, race, and personal and public sectors.

 

A country of Moochers explores the shift within the American personality in addition to the economic climate. a lot of the anger of the present political weather stems from the conclusion by means of hundreds of thousands of american citizens that they're being pressured to pay for the greed-driven difficulties of different humans and companies; more and more, those that plan and behave sensibly are being requested to bail out the profligate. Sykes’ argument isn't opposed to compassion or valid charity, yet distinguishes among definable wishes and the moocher tradition, during which self-reliance and private accountability have given approach to mass greedy after entitlements, tax breaks, advantages, bailouts, and other kinds of feeding on the public trough.

Persuasively argued and wryly wonderful, A state of Moochers is a rallying cry for american citizens who're uninterested in taking part in by means of the principles and buying those that don’t.

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There is no domination more fijirmly established than that which is actively (or at least passively) accepted by the dominated. This would mean that the capitalist class, in certain circumstances, has the capacity not only to dominate coercively, but also to obtain the consent of the dominated through its ideological domination. ” According to Gramsci’s analysis, the dominant class produces its ideology, its general conception of the world, and disseminates it by means of an ideological framework to society as a whole, adapting it to the conditions of the diffferent social groups to ensure their association with, and allegiance to, its “intellectual and moral leadership” (Portelli, 1998: 17); the dominant class thus constitutes an ideological bloc under its hegemonic direction (Portelli, 1998: 22).

The raison d’etre of the state, the power organization of the dominant class, is to provide support for the exploitation perpetrated by that class. Capitalist domination takes on diverse forms,24 but it is essentially based on force, on the capacity of the dominant class to inflict violence upon the dominated classes, while stripping them of their capacity for violent response. According to Lenin, “the standing army and the police are the chief instruments of state power,” and, in this sense, the basic task assumed by the state is to “deprive the oppressed classes of defijinite means and methods of struggle for the overthrow of the oppressors” (Lenin, 1918).

An authoritarian and arbitrary regime demands total obedience, with no restrictions or legal regulations. On the other hand, democracies legalize and regulate the conditions for obedience, even granting freedoms and a certain legal margin for disobedience. e. power based not only on force, but on the control of the consciousness of the dominated. Marx, Engels and Lenin return constantly to the question of the capacity of the capitalist class to establish ideological domination 25 “Bourgeois rule as the outcome and result of universal sufffrage, as the express act of the sovereign will of the people; this is the meaning of the bourgeois constitution.

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