The American Lie: Government by the People and Other Political Fables by Benjamin Ginsberg

The American Lie: Government by the People and Other Political Fables

byBenjamin Ginsberg

Paperback | July 3, 2007

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Going all the way back to the time of George Washington, much of what we see and hear in the political world consists of lies and deceptions. Despite assurances to the contrary, politics is not about truth, justice, and principle. It is about money, power, and status. As astute politicalcommentator Ben Ginsberg convincingly demonstrates, politicians habitually lie, pretending to fight for principles, in order to conceal their true selfish motives. Citizens who need the frequent injunctions to participate in politics and abjure political cynicism are likely to be duped into contributing their tax dollars and even their lives for dubious purposes. Most individuals gain little from political participation. Participants are the foot soldiers ofpolitical warfare, but even if their side is victorious, they receive few of the spoils of war. Thus, in this new political season, Ginsberg encourages citizens to think outside the (ballot) box, finding new ways to act on behalf of their interests and the public good. But if they do vote, theirmotto should be when in doubt vote them out. The elections of 2008 are a good time to begin.

About The Author

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or coauthor of a number of books including Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced; Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Priv...

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Title:The American Lie: Government by the People and Other Political FablesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:July 3, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199945950

ISBN - 13:9780199945955

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Table of Contents

1. Interests and Principles in Political Life2. Public Opinion: Myths and Realities3. Elections and the Limits of Popular Government4. Private Interests and Public Policies5. Popular Influence and State Power6. Conclusion: Why Participate in Politics?