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|Kindle Edition with Audio/Video, September 4, 2012||
|Length: 176 pages||Word Wise: Enabled|
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"Beyond Outrage" is a plea for action for those who care about the Future of America. Accomplished author of twelve books and current Professor of Public Policy, Robert Reich provides insight to what happened to our economy and how to fix it. In a lucid and persuasive manner, Reich provides compelling arguments in support of his main thesis: that our economy and democracy has been manipulated against average working people and what can be done about it. This Kindle Single is an intellectual appetizer. This 1744 KB book is broken out into three parts: Part One. The Rigged Game, Part Two. The Rise of the Regressive Right, and Part Three. Beyond Outrage: What You Need to Do.
1. Well written, accessible book that gets to the points.
2. Robert Reich is an excellent author with a mastery of the subject.
3. Establishes upfront the main thesis of this Kindle Single and what the reader should expect from the main body of the book.
4. Provides seven dots that when connected show why our economic system is out of whack.
5. Thought-provoking comments, "Republicans want us to believe that the central issue is the size of government, but the real issue is whom government is for."
6. The gist of the problem; the super-rich have rigged our economy in their favor and at the expense of the average American. Reich provides an overwhelming amount of data in support of his argument. Outrage indeed.
7. The issue of revolving doors with regards to regulators and the corporations they were supposed to regulate.
8. The relation between the super-rich and their political influence. The political influence that money can buy.
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The book is divided into three parts. In Part One, Reich works through an analysis of how wealthy plutocrats and corporations have colluded with the government to rig the system against average working people. He discusses topics like 1) how little risk corporations and CEOs really face and whether working people can survive when the wealthy get all the rewards, 2) how the business-first, tear-down-regulations, military focus of the government has stacked the deck, 3) how the wealthy have so many resources that they will do/spend as much as it takes to keep things the way they are, and other topics reminiscent of Mike Lofgren's just-published "The Party Is Over." It seems to me that if we continue down this path--rather than being most respected for our innovations, our culture and our championing of human rights--America will soon be the world's greatest offshore employer and purveyor of weaponry. Not exactly something to be proud of, when we can fire people or in severe cases take them out from afar.
Reich describes why corporations will not be the ones who lead us back.Read more ›
He makes all these statements in defining what others have come to call "the 1% society". His case for change is iron-clad. Just about everything he did well AND not-well are neatly listed by Top 500 reviewer J. Gomez.
Where I think Reich is weak is in not giving you a proper image of what caused all this. Where he fails abominably is in his prescription for redress of this grievance.
He points out that things weren't always this way. Under Republican President Eisenhour (from 1953-1960)top income tax rates were 90%, and effective total rate was 52%. We were prosperous, progressive and happy. (The period was marked by the expression "I like Ike!")
What has happened in this country is that business ran roughshod over everyone else with no control or regulation from the end of the civil war until the end of the gilded age, and came crashing down on America's head with the Great Depression. Before that, it would be difficult to gauge America's ideological polarity, but following the abortive Hoover administration and it's introduction of 25% unemployment, the needle swung dramatically to the LEFT.Read more ›
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A compelling explanation of how our country got into this mess. And... A solution for how to dig out of it.Published 20 days ago by Jerry Hagenmaier
Amazing insight as to why our country is in such dire straits. At first I was surprised that Dr. Reich was a Bernie Sanders supporter, but after reading his book, I understand why... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carole R.
A well articulated diagnosis and prescription for America's fundamental problems. Reich has an impressive grasp on the facts and communicates clearly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
In a clear logical way about how we can take back our country from big money and be kind to those who have notPublished 3 months ago by matthew
Great information, lots of names and events. The hard facts of today's economical and political affairs. Details and answers for all working-class citizens.Published 3 months ago by Tanker1Shot
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