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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Analysis of the Why and a Naive Perspective on How to Move to the Next Level, October 8, 2010
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This review is from: Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future (Hardcover)
Reich's writing is some of the clearest that comes from any economist alive. His analysis of how we got in this Great Recession is on the money (ha!) but he is naive when it comes to the solutions for tomorrow. The process of the rich becoming the uber-rich continues unabated. The table is so tilted to the wealthy today it reminds me of France or Russia before their Revolutions. However, despite the fact violence is American as apple pie, individually we take out anger on each other and not the groups that have caused the Great Recession. Those who are Tea Baggers should be looking at Wall Street and K Street and not to Washington, D.C. as the source of inequity, but they will not do so, because their mouthpieces such as Rush and Beck are becoming part of the uber-rich themselves. They will not point fingers at those who really deserve hostility from the Tea Baggers.
Reich's proposals to redistribute the wealth will be met by the uber-rich in the legislatures, courts, and in the streets if necessary by their armed security guards from a Black Water like group. Tea Baggers and the silk suited corporate lobbyists will make certain the status quo remains. Yes, what is wrong with Kansas? Don't they know their bread is half saw dust and butter is rancid?
I read this book near Halloween and three pages in it make any tale written by Stephen King seem tame and childlike in comparision. I am talking about the inauguration of the Presidential Candidate from the Independence in 2020 and her speech of isolationism and other scary stuff!
I recommend everyone should read it and begin to think creatively about how to get back to the period of the Great Prosperity. I would like to see my grandchildren (4 to date) have a chance to be in the middle class.
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