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The Three Dimensions of Freedom

The Three Dimensions of Freedom

Billy Bragg

$14.99
We live in a world where strongman politics are rising; neo-liberalism has hollowed out political parties; and corporations have undermined democracy. Ordinary voters feel helpless to effect change, resulting in outbreaks of populist anger, and traditional platforms for debate are losing their viability as readers source information online.

In this short and vital polemic, progressive thinker and activist Billy Bragg argues that accountability is the antidote to authoritarianism, and that without it, we can never truly be free. He shows us that Freedom requires three dimensions to function: Liberty, Equality, and Accountability - and the result is a three dimensional space in which freedom can be exercised by all.

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Can Political Violence Ever Be Justified?

Can Political Violence Ever Be Justified?

Elizabeth Frazer ,  Kimberly Hutchings

$20.95
Violence - from state coercion to wars and revolutions - remains an enduring global reality. But whereas it is often believed that the point of constitutional politics is to make violence unnecessary, others argue that it is an unavoidable element of politics.

In this lucid and erudite book, Elizabeth Frazer and Kimberly Hutchings address these issues using vivid contemporary and historic examples. They carefully explore the strategies that have been deployed to condone violence, either as means to certain ends or as an inherent facet of politics. Examining the complex questions raised by different types of violence, they conclude that, ultimately, all attempts to justify political violence fail.

This book will be essential introductory reading for students and scholars of the ethics and politics of political violence.
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Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

Robert Kuttner

$27.95
In the years surrounding the Second World War, a serendipitous confluence of events created a healthy balance between the market and the polity-between the engine of capitalism and the egalitarian ideals of democracy. Yet, from the 1970s on, a power shift occurred in which financial regulations were rolled back, taxes were cut, inequality worsened and disheartened voters turned to far-right, faux populism.

Robert Kuttner lays out the events that led to the post-war miracle and charts its dissolution all the way to Trump, Brexit and the tenuous state of the EU. He asks whether today's poisonous alliance of reckless finance and ultra-nationalism is inevitable, and whether democracy can find a way to survive.
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Winning for Women: A Personal Story

Winning for Women: A Personal Story

Iola Mathews

$29.95
What was it like to be involved in the heady days of `second wave' feminism in Australia, when the role of women at home and at work changed decisively? Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women's Electoral Lobby, a journalist at The Age, and later a leading ACTU advocate for women workers during the `Accord' with the Hawke-Keating Government. She was one of the first generation of women trying to `have it all' with a career and children.

In this honest and revealing memoir, she takes us inside the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave and work-family issues. This is an important record of a pivotal time for women in Australia's history. Iola brings wisdom and experience to it, reflecting on where we are today, with suggestions for further reform. It's a vital source for policy makers and all those interested in women, work and families.

`Iola Mathews has written a fascinating insider account of how she battled for major reforms for women, especially during her time at the ACTU, where she won landmark cases on parental leave and wage justice for child care and clerical workers. It is so important to know the stories behind these historic victories.' - Anne Summers 'Iola's story shows what can be achieved when passionate people commit to changing the rules and fighting for fairness. Her story shows the best qualities of the union movement - people working to make life better for others and to pursue equality and fairness. A great story of a moment of immense change for working women in Australia, and of the people in the movement who made that change possible.' -Sally McManus
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How Democracy Ends

How Democracy Ends

David Runciman

$22.99
'Scintillating ... thought-provoking ... one of the very best of the great crop of recent books on the subject.' - Observer Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order, until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date.

Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes as Trump, Brexit and paranoid populism have become a reality.

David Runciman, one of the UK's leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advising us on what could come next.
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The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation: a Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy

The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation: a Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy

J. Randy Taraborrelli

$39.99
A unique burden was inherited by the children of the original Kennedy icons, JFK and his celebrated siblings. Raised in a world of enormous privilege, against the backdrop of American history, their own lives often veered between towering accomplishment and moments of personal heartbreak. These are the Kennedy stories you've never heard before:

*The real story of JFK, Jr.'s tumultuous marriage to Carolyn Bessette and the details of their tragic deaths *Caroline Kennedy's surprising marriage to Ed Schlossberg and her rivalry with her brother, John *The unexpected way pop star Taylor Swift helped Conor Kennedy cope with his mother's suicide *Congressman Joseph Kennedy III's rise to power and his compelling Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Based on exclusive first-hand interviews and in-depth research, THE KENNEDY HEIRS is an epic drama of ambition, scandal, pride and power.
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