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Glenn Hurowitz, Fear and Courage in Democratic Party

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  • ISBN-10: 0944624480

  • ISBN-13: 978-0944624487

  • 274 pp. / $14.95

    Coming just in time for election season, Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party chronicles the extraordinary stories of five politicians and activists: three "progressive heroes" who exhibited rare political courage - and through it found unexpected political success, and two "spineless weasels" who embraced The Politics of Fear and rode it to ultimate failure.

    The book reveals how Senator Paul Wellstone used his courage to overcome a quirky personality, an occasionally hysterical style and, most of all, an ideology considerably to the left of his constituents, eventually becoming a national hero.

    It tells the dramatic story of how the same foundations and corporations that engineered the right-wing takeover of the Republican Party used junk political science to move Democrats to the right as well. Hurowitz shows how the legacy of Bill Clinton, widely proclaimed his generation's greatest political talent, will actually burden the Democratic Party and the progressive movement for decades to come.

    A work of astounding insight, Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party promises to transform political discourse in 2008.

    • Find out why "issues don't matter," why "politicians should only pander to people who care" and discover what exactly the "wimp love myth" is.

    • Read why the legacy of Bill Clinton, proclaimed his generation's greatest political talent, will actually burden the Democratic Party and the progressive movement

    • Learn how progressive heroes like Senator Paul Wellstone and organizations like MoveOn.org can teach you to transform your community, your country, and the world.

    "Glenn is a brilliant emerging mind in the progressive movement." - Matt Stoller, OpenLeft.com

    "Compelling and persuasive." - Paul Hogarth, Beyond Chron

    "Brilliant!" - Howie Klein


    Fear and Courage is distributed by Midpoint Trade Books. For orders, please contact --


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    Victor Considerant, Principles of Socialism: Manifesto of 19th Century Democracy

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    Trans. Joan Roelofs

    ISBN-13 978-0-944624-47-0

    ISBN-10 0-944624-47-2

    120 pages // $14.95


    Victor Considerant was a leading disciple of Charles Fourier, a utopian socialist in early 19th France. Considerant disseminated and moderated Fourier's theories and attempted to found a democratic-socialist community near Dallas, Texas. The Principles of Socialism was first published in 1843 as an introduction to Considerant's new journal, Peaceful Democracy. For the first time, this important book on the struggle to create democratic societies in the mid-19th century is available in English. Go the details page to see what reviewers and scholars are saying about this important book.


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