Me the People-One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America

Politics, Sociology

The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory, 2 edition by Jason Holt and William Irwin
Law after Modernity (Legal Theory Today) by Sionaidh Douglas-Scott
Kevin Bleyer – Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America
Mark Purcell, “The Down-Deep Delight of Democracy”
Kanzler, Krise, Kapital: Wie Politik funktioniert by Marietta Slomka

The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory, 2 edition by Jason Holt and William Irwin

English | 2013 | ISBN-10: 1118397681 | 376 pages | PDF | 1,8 MB

Savor moments of Zen like never before, with our Senior Philosophical Correspondents The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy is revised, expanded, and updated to probe deeper than ever before the philosophical significance of the quintessential “fake” news show of the 21st century.
Features significant revisions and updates from the first 2007 edition Includes discussion of both The Daily Show and its spin–off, The Colbert Report Reveals why and how The Daily Show is philosophically engaging and significant Showcases philosophers at their best, discussing truth, knowledge, reality, and the American Way Faces head on tough and surprisingly funny questions about politics, religion, and power

Law after Modernity (Legal Theory Today) by Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

English | 2013 | ISBN: 184113029X | ISBN-13: 9781841130293 | 428 pages | PDF | 6,3 MB

How can we characterize law and legal theory in the 21st century? This book argues that we live in an age ‘after modernity’ and that legal theory must take account of this fact.
The book attacks, as outdated, theories of law which rest on widespread notions of law’s autonomy and systematic nature and on certain notions of justice, personhood, and legitimacy, and seeks to replace them with a dynamic new account of law and laws appropriate for an era of globalization and postnational communities. However, it also argues that the most pressing issue for law after modernity is that of justice. The approach is fresh, contextual, and interdisciplinary, as well as unusual for a work of legal theory due to being illustrated throughout with works of art and visual representations which serve to enforce the messages of the book.

Kevin Bleyer – Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America

Published: 2012-05-29 | ISBN: 1400069351 | EPUB / MOBI | 352 pages | 5 MB / 5 MB

The United States Constitution promised a More Perfect Union. It’s a shame no one bothered to write a more perfect Constitution—one that didn’t trigger more than two centuries of arguments about what the darn thing actually says.
Until now.
Perfection is at hand. A new, improved Constitution is here. And you are holding it.
But first, some historical context: In the eighteenth century, a lawyer named James Madison gathered his friends in Philadelphia and, over four long months, wrote four short pages: the Constitution of the United States of America. Not bad.
In the nineteenth century, a president named Abraham Lincoln freed an entire people from the flaws in that Constitution by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Pretty impressive.
And in the twentieth century, a doctor at the Bethesda Naval Hospital delivered a baby—but not just any baby. Because in the twenty-first century, that baby would become a man, that man would become a patriot, and that patriot would rescue a country . . . by single-handedly rewriting that Constitution.
Why? We think of our Constitution as the painstakingly designed blueprint drawn up by, in Thomas Jefferson’s words, an “assembly of demigods” who laid the foundation for the sturdiest republic ever created. The truth is, it was no blueprint at all but an Etch A Sketch, a haphazard series of blunders, shaken clean and redrawn countless times during a summer of petty debates, drunken ramblings, and desperate compromise—as much the product of an “assembly of demigods” as a confederacy of dunces.
No wonder George Washington wished it “had been made more perfect.” No wonder Benjamin Franklin stomached it only “with all its faults.” The Constitution they wrote is a hot mess. For starters, it doesn’t mention slavery, or democracy, or even Facebook; it plays favorites among the states; it has typos, smudges, and misspellings; and its Preamble, its most famous passage, was written by a man with a peg leg. Which, if you think about it, gives our Constitution hardly a leg to stand on.
[Pause for laughter.]
Now stop laughing. Because you hold in your hands no mere book, but the most important document of our time. Its creator, Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer, paid every price, bore every burden, and saved every receipt in his quest to assure the salvation of our nation’s founding charter. He flew to Greece, the birthplace of democracy. He bused to Philly, the home of independence. He went toe-to-toe (face-to-face) with Scalia. He added nightly confabs with James Madison to his daily consultations with Jon Stewart. He tracked down not one but two John Hancocks—to make his version twice as official. He even read the Constitution of the United States.
So prepare yourselves, fellow patriots, for the most significant literary event of the twenty-first, twentieth, nineteenth, and latter part of the eighteenth centuries. Me the People won’t just form a More Perfect Union. It will save America.

Mark Purcell, “The Down-Deep Delight of Democracy”

ISBN: 144434997X | 2013 | PDF | 184 pages | 3 MB

Arguing that the hegemony of the neoliberal/capitalist nexus must be challenged if we are to address the proliferating challenges facing our world, this inspiring book explains how democracy can revive the political fortunes of the left.
Explores issues central to the civil uprisings that swept the world in 2011, drawing profound connections between democracy and neoliberalism in an urban context
Features in-depth analysis of key political theorists such as Gramsci; Lefebvre; Rancière; Deleuze and Guattari; and Hardt and Negri
Advocates the reframing of democracy as a personal and collective struggle to discover the best in ourselves and others
Includes empirical analysis of recent instances of collective action

Kanzler, Krise, Kapital: Wie Politik funktioniert by Marietta Slomka

German | ISBN: 3570100774 | 2013 | 544 pages | EPUB | 3,3 MB

Alles, was man über Politik wissen muss
Als Frontfrau des ZDF für Nachrichten und politische Analyse bietet Marietta Slomka verlässliche Orientierung durch die tagespolitische Komplexität.
In ihrem neuen Buch erklärt sie, wie das Räderwerk der Politik eigentlich funktioniert. Ausgehend von konkreten Fragestellungen (etwa »Frauen in der Politik«) wirft sie einen Blick hinter die Kulissen der Macht (»Ein Tag als Bundeskanzlerin«), übersetzt Insidervokabeln, fragt, wofür Parteien gut sind oder wie man Politiker wird. Sie blickt nach Europa, erinnert an Butterberge und Milchseen, konfrontiert Europafans mit Kritikern des »Brüsseler Wasserkopfs«. Sie verdeutlicht, welche Aufgaben der Weltgemeinschaft auf den Nägeln brennen und wie auch in der politischen Auseinandersetzung das globale Große (»Krisenherde der Erde«) mit dem menschlich Kleinen (»Auf den Hund gekommen«) doch untrennbar verknüpft ist.
Entstanden ist ein spannend zu lesendes Handbuch für Bürger, die wissen wollen, was das Abenteuer Politik ist und warum jeder daran teilhaben kann.

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