Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent - Contents

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Foreword - Gerald Sussman

Notes on Contributors

1. Introduction - Rebecca Fisher

Part 1 - The Contradictory Nature of Democracy Under Capitalism

 2. The Paradox of Democratic Capitalism: An Historical View - Rebecca Fisher

3. Market Patriotism: Liberal Democracy Unmasked - David Whyte

4. Global Rebellion: the Coming Chaos? - William I. Robinson

Part 2 - Masking the Contradiction

5. The Liberal Gatekeepers: State-Corporate Power's Little Helpers - David Cromwell and David Edwards, Media Lens

6. Screening Our Screens: Propaganda and the Entertainment Industry: An Interview with Matthew Alford - Rebecca Fisher

7. Celebrity Philanthropy: In the Service of Corporate Propaganda - Michael Barker

8. The Politics of Language and the Language of Political Regression - James Petras

Part 3 - Co-opting Dissent

9. Neoliberal Hegemony and the Organisation of Consent - William K. Carroll and Matthew Greeno

10. Reforming Resistance: Neoliberalism and the Co-option of Civil Society Organisations in Palestine - Sibille Merz

11. Do Capitalists Fund Revolutions? - Michael Barker

12. Strange Contours: Resistance and the Manipulation of People Power - Edmund Berger

13. On Shock and Organisation: Riots, Resistance and the Need for Consistency -The Free Association

14. "Criminality Pure and Simple": Comparing the Response to the Student Protests and the August Riots - Katie Pollard and Maria Young

Part 4 - Legitimating the Repression of Dissent

15. Repression in the Neoliberal University - Charles Thorpe

16. When Co-option Fails - Tom Anderson

17. Infiltrated, Intimidated and Undermined: How Police Infiltration Can Mute Political Dissent: An Interview with Verity Smith from Cardiff Anarchist Network - Tom Anderson

Part 5 - 'Democracy Promotion' in Pursuit of Global Hegemony

18. Grassroots Globalization: Underneath the Rhetoric of 'Democracy Promotion' - Edmund Berger

19. Egypt and International Capital: Is this what Democracy looks like? - Edmund Berger

20. The Insidious Nature of 'Democracy Promotion': The Case of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy - Rebecca Fisher

Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent argues that despite its inherently anti-democratic nature, global capitalism is dependent upon the manipulation of the concept of democracy in order to survive. Far from allowing open dissent, today's 'democracy' limits popular participation, manipulates public opinion, and co-opts or represses political dissent in order to protect capitalism from the threat of real democracy. These twenty essays expose various mechanisms through which our opinions and actions are influenced, policed and repressed in the name of democracy; they alert us to the real agendas behind the empty democratic promises and arm us with the tools to resist co-option. The volume includes examinations of the corporate media, the entertainment industry, the use of celebrity activists as propaganda vehicles, the attempts to co-opt and neutralise NGOs and social movements, the demonisation and repression of unco-opted dissent, and the imperalist agendas behind so-called democracy promotion interventions.

The aggregate result is a poweful illumination of how democracy is used to organise popular consent for the anti-democratic practices necessary to sustain capitalism. Such struggles over the meanings and rhetoric of dmeocracy represent a key battleground in the struggle for a more just and equal world. Despite the disturbing picture described in these essays, the situation is far from hopeless, since the social order is dependent upon our believing its contradiction-filled myth of 'democratic' capitalism, a myth which, in these tiems of financial and ecological crisis, is becoming ever more difficult to sustain. By exploring some of the powerful, subtle and insidious forces and processes seemingly so adept at containing dissent, the volume shows that the consent capitalism requires to continue ultimately rests upon a house of cards.