Democracy Betrayed

Democracy Betrayed

The Rise of the Surveillance Security State

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A vital and important look at the rise of a security state that is transforming the nature of our democracy

In the aftermath of 9/11, in lockstep withbooming technological advancements, a newand more authoritarian form of governance issupplanting liberal democracy. The creation ofthe Security Industrial Complex -- an "internalsecurity state-within-the-state" fueled by techcompanies, private security firms, and the IntelligenceCommunity to the tune of $120 billiona year -- is intruding on civil liberties to an unprecedentedextent. Politicians tolerate it; somecitizens welcome it, thinking it may be the wayto keep America safe in a time of uncertaintyand terrorism. But how real is this threat, and isit worth the loss of our individual privacy?

As a society, we have yet to comprehend themeaning of universal digital interconnection, itsimpact on our psychology, and its transformationof our government and society. Americais at a crossroads in contending with a securitygoliath; allowing the beginnings of a police state, and theconversion of our of our "liberal democracy" toa "secure democracy"-- one where governmentoverreaches, tramples on civil liberties, and harnessesgreat advancements in technology to spyon the populace. Keller walks us through whatthese changes can mean to our society and, moreimportantly, what we can do to halt our marchtoward intrusive and widespread surveillance.

An urgent wakeup call for a country in crisis, Democracy Betrayed is a timely and deeplyimportant book about the future of America.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2017]
ISBN: 9781619029125
Characteristics: vi, 311 pages ; 24 cm


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