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Beginning with the Reagan administration, the U.S. government has steadily instituted policies and legislation that favor corporations over citizens, argues Air America host Hartmann (The Ultimate Sacrifice). Analyzing the rhetoric and policies of the current administration's "compassionate conservatism," Hartmann goes on to detail the ways in which safety nets for working people (from progressive taxation to antitrust legislation to Social Security) have been steadily weakened, and argues that an empowered, educated middle class is crucial to a functioning democracy. Chapters detail the ways in which what gets called "the free market" is not really free (for good reason, he notes), how "We the People create the middle class," how the policies of the Founding Fathers and figures like FDR still have a lot to teach us, and ways for "Leveling the Playing Field." Though far from comprehensive, and despite its sensationalist title, Hartmann's latest is an intelligent critique of the contemporary plight of the middle class.
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National radio host Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, best-selling author of fourteen books currently in print in more than a dozen languages on four continents. Hartmann is also an entrepreneur, an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics. The former executive director of a residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed and abused children, he has helped set up hospitals, schools, famine relief programs, and communities for orphaned or blind children in India, Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, Israel, Russia, and the United States. His national radio program, syndicated by Air America Radio, is carried on more than eighty stations across the United States and on Sirius Satellite Radio. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Louise, and his attack cat, Higgins. You can find him on the Web at www.thomhartmann.com.See all Editorial Reviews
This should be mandatory reading for all Americans!!! Lots of hard truth that is very disturbing!!!Published 2 months ago by Steve H.
Thom Hartmann may be the smartest person paying attention today. He is socially aware and historically understanding of what it is that we have, what we are giving away and what we... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carr
I realize this book is dated, but still contains important information. Too many people are uninformed. Our government is in a world of hurt. Read morePublished 7 months ago by marlene cooper cooper
Should be required reading for anyone working in Industry, Government or in school.Published 8 months ago by Funky Old Man
Anything that Thom writes is excellent and worth the time to read.Published 8 months ago by Lyn Young Lorenz
The premise sounded great. It's execution blew. FDR was a putrid bankers whore, yet here he is a great Peoples Hero, doing no wrong and being deserving of a giant statue visited... Read morePublished 10 months ago by James M Dakin