Inverted Totalitarianism

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Inverted Totalitarianism

Are any of you guys familiar with Sheldon Wolin's book Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism? If not, his political theory about the state in which America is in can be somewhat summed up in the two articles (written by himself, of course) below. He's not a socialist, but his political conclusions has led him to support a kind of "radical democracy." His work is greatly admired by few liberals here and there (Chris Hedges in particular). It's weird because reading it, one can find a kind of radical, socialistic analysis. Except, it seems to me that he interprets the phenomena of "inverted totalitarianism" as a recent one; a stage in the last half century or so. It's also weird because one of his central claims is that politics is now subordinate to economics or "economics trumps politics." Ironically, isn't such statements, if put forth by socialists in a different way, accused of being "economistic" by liberals? What are your thoughts on his position? Any critique of his work if your familiar with it?

http://www.thenation.com/article/inverted-totalitarianism

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0718-07.htm