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  • Title: Grand Illusion: The Fantasy of Voter Choice in a Two-party Tyranny
  • Author: Theresa Amato
  • ISBN: 9781595583949
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover

  • As the national campaign manager for Ralph Nader s historic runs for president in 2000 and 2004, Theresa Amato had a rare ringside role in two of the most hotly contested presidential elections this country has seen In Grand Illusion, she gives us a witty, thoughtful critique of the American electoral system, as well as a powerful argument for opening up the contest to coAs the national campaign manager for Ralph Nader s historic runs for president in 2000 and 2004, Theresa Amato had a rare ringside role in two of the most hotly contested presidential elections this country has seen In Grand Illusion, she gives us a witty, thoughtful critique of the American electoral system, as well as a powerful argument for opening up the contest to competition.Busting the national myth that anyone can grow up and be President of the United States, Amato shows how independent and third party candidates face egregious structural barriers that prevent them from fully participating in the race or even getting their names on the ballot In addition to waging effective voter campaigns, these candidates must simultaneously fend off preposterous numbers of legal challenges from the two major parties during twelve weeks of Nader s 04 run, as many as twenty five lawsuits were filed in an effort to squash his campaign.Amato makes a powerful case for specific federal reforms in the United States arcane system of ballot access laws, complex regulations, and partisan control of elections Along the way, she also offers a spirited history of how third party and Independent candidates have kept important issues on the table in elections past and contribute to our political life as a society.Despite the dramatic run up to the historic 2008 election and the efforts of both Obama and McCain to set themselves apart, the national political debate occurs in a very narrow range that s defined by two major parties, which are both influenced by the same corporations, special interest groups, and lobbyists And on election day, there just aren t the kinds of genuine options that a healthy, multi party democracy should offer Looking beyond the Nader story to campaigns waged by challengers John Anderson, Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan, and others, Amato shows how limiting ourselves to two candidates deprives our country of a robust political life, strips would be contenders of their First Amendment rights, and cheats voters out of meaningful political choice.
    Theresa Amato
    Chicago born Theresa Amato is a public advocate and author who has worked for two decades, from the local to the international, for and with several nonprofit organizations to advance civic rights by training citizen advocates, promoting access to information, watchdogging government and corporate power, and influencing public policy In the last two decades, Amato has received several public interest honors, including being named a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School for her dedication to public interest law, and being selected as a Fellow at Harvard s Institute of Politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government, where she led a seminar entitled Mobilizing for Justice How to Take on the System and Make a Difference Amato has received both the NYU Law and Loyola University of Chicago Law School Public Interest Awards, and she was named at age 32 by the American Lawyer as one of the future leaders of the legal profession as one of the country s 45 young lawyers under 45 whose vision and commitment are changing lives In both 2000 and 2004, Amato served as the national presidential campaign manager and in house counsel for Ralph Nader, producing the highest vote count in the United States for a third party progressive candidate in the last 85 years, and shepherding myriad election reform efforts and litigation to open up the political system to competition In 2009, The New Press New York published her book, Grand Illusion The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two Party Tyranny, based on these experiences She also appears prominently in the Sundance selected and Academy Awards short listed documentary titled An Unreasonable Man, which was in theatrical release throughout the United States in early 2007, and is now available in DVD Amato lives in Oak Park, IL with her spouse Todd Main and their two daughters.


    Commentaires:

    Catherine
    I'll admit to a certain confirmation bias here in that I have long hated the grip that the two major political parties have held on our country. However, like so many people, I had assumed that this was by design of the founding fathers and had always been this way. It turns out that the founding fathers weren't much for political partiesought of them as cabals. Reasons why we're stuck with this horrible choice of only two candidates for most elections are: 1) corporate sponsorship of both parti [...]

    Jon
    If anyone out there still thinks American electoral procedures bear any relationship to democracy, you should read this insider account by Ralph Nader's former campaign manager, since nobody I know of has done a better job of documenting how flawed the American political process is at this moment in history. Amato is no great shakes as a writer--she's fond of "ohmigod" and similar interjections, and uses the word "literally" to mean figuratively, among other crimes against style--but I wouldn't [...]

    Cole Stratton
    Written by an experienced third party campaign manager, this book lays out in lawyer fashion the systematic control of public office by the two major parities and the excessive barriers to entry faced by third party challengers. It demolishes the idea that the US is the greatest democracy on the planet, instead painting a picture of an ossified, wholly dominated bureaucracy with extremely limited political choices that will continue to disenfranchise the polity until we as interested citizens de [...]

    Ellen
    If you're interested in politics and have ever wished we had more parties than two to choose from, or if you've wondered exactly why third parties just don't seem to have much of a chance in U.S. politics, this is the book for you. Not only does Amato's insider view of the Nader campaign make for fascinating reading,but by the end of the book I was absolutely fuming about the anti-democratic moves both Dems and the GOP have made to limit any other political party's participation in our political [...]

    Gina Robbins
    Interesting and articulate account on the unreasonable hurdles third parties must clear to get on the ballot. The two-party machine is too powerful to allow for fair play or philosophical diversity. By the Oak Parker who was Nader's 3-time campaign manager.

    Neil Crossan
    Dec 7, 2011- Donald Trump recently suggested that he would consider running for President as an independent if none of the GOPers impressed him enough. Although I would welcome it because it could increase the spotlight on the barriers to running as an independent, I think Trump doesn't understand what it means (and costs) to run an effective independent presidential campaign. When Michael Bloomberg was mulling an independent run for president his supposed budget was around a half a billion. Is [...]

    [Name Redacted]
    Sounds fascinating, but i hope it isn't one of those books full of "shocked" declarations that we don't live in a true democracy. Of course we don't! We live in a democratic Republic! Always have, and likely always will.

    C. Scott
    This book is my jam. Theresa Amato was Ralph Nader's campaign manager in 2000 and 2004. I got a big kick out of her war stories and her righteous indignation about the two party duopoly that dominates American politics. The book starts off really hot but gets bogged down in the middle - much like Nader's campaign did. Amato shares vivid memories of the panoply of roadblocks and attacks the campaign suffered. And while I appreciate the work that went into detailing all the various tactics the Dem [...]

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