You should know going in that if Bowker didn’t have a monopoly, there is no way it would stay in business. The interface is that bad. But if you’re intrepid, you can get the ISBN and barcodes you need for your book, and be the “publisher of record”.
Understanding the steps in the editing and publication process can improve your book, and may save you a bit of money!
Can it be Stopped?
The world is heading towards a new feudal age run by corporations and the wealthy elite. It’s possible we can prevent that outcome, but only if we harness Web technology in ways that let us take charge of democracy…Now!
The thesis of this book, in a nutshell, can be stated as follows:
Problem: Money in politics.
Solution: A trust network for voting advice.
Obesity and disease in America stems from the food supply. The Politics of Health suggests that they result from corporate control of our political system.
My road to becoming a health activist: How I became aware of the damage the American food supply does to our health, and why I began looking for a way to get the money out politics.
A Voting Advice System has the capacity to make money irrelevant to elections and break the stranglehold that corporate money has on the political process. That change, in turn, would break the log jam that currently makes it virtually impossible to solve the pressing problems that confront our civilization, and that imperil our very survival.
Clearly, a voting advice system would have a resounding effect on democracy that would reverberate through the corridors of government. But is such a thing possible? Can we build it? And if we do, will people use it? The answer is, “Yes!”
The fundamental rule of gamesmanship is that if you can’t win the game you’re playing, change the game! In this case, corporations are running the government, citizens have virtually no voice, and third party candidates are frozen out of the political process. That’s a process we can change, and one that we need to change.
Summary: Some otherwise impressive thinkers like George T. Will acknowledge that the American political system doesn’t represent minorities, but conclude that it is somehow a good thing. In fact, he asserted that minorities shouldn’t be represented, and, for that reason, electoral votes shouldn’t be proportionally allocated. This article aims to refute that notion, along with his assertion that it would be a mistake for Colorado to allocate its electoral votes proportionally among the competing candidates.