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4.0 out of 5 stars Volpi's roots of contemporary imperialism, 8 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: The Roots of Contemporary Imperialism: The Founding Fathers, the U.S. Constitution, and 200 Years of Corporate Dictatorship (Paperback)
Volpi appears to have been influenced by "radical" authors such as Chomsky, Hardt and Negri and he too presents his own critique of US democracy. What differentiates this book from many other modern works is that the author takes a comparative approach, looking at society and governance both at the time of the Founding Fathers and today. Volpi's study pivots upon research into the economic and political interests of different prominent figures in both time periods in order to demask the long-standing illusion that US democracy (as composed by the Founding Fathers) is somehow the purest and truest form of democracy. For Volpi, US corporations are and have always been in control of the US reins of power and not the people- thus the question is whether or not there was ever a true democracy at all. Throughout his book, Volpi outlines his own concerns about the need to reform US governance and at the end he proposes amendments to the current model of US governance.

I enjoyed reading this book and found Volpi's analyses of US government interesting, although I did not agree with all of his conclusions- thus a good book, to be read with critical glasses.
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