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The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right Paperback – March 5, 2013
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—Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation
"Progressives: get thee immediately to a bookstore and pick up a copy of The Machine; there is no time to waste. Lee Fang documents in lively detail the cogs, axles, sockets, levers, and output of the most insidious political machine in our historythe resurgent right. The reach of this machine is hair-raising, but in order to overcome it, one must know it. Fang, with his years of reporting and insight, knows it better than anyone writing today, and he presents a compelling field guide for smart progressives. A must-read for the left and anyone concerned about the takeover of democracy by the wealthy few."
Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan
"With our lawmakers more beholden than ever to dark money, Lee’s book couldn’t have come at a better time. Wealthy corporations and donors have made a huge investment in partisan politics, which means reformers need to arm themselves with the best information available, and this expertly researched book is a great place to start."
Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause
"Lee Fang is one of America’s best and most prolific investigative journalists, and in this brilliant and insightful work he tells a vital and important story of the takeover of American politics by a small band of billionaires. An absolute must-read for every American who cares about the future of America and of democracy itself."
Thom Hartmann, radio host and author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
"Few people have done more in-depth research, reporting, and writing on the post-Obama conservative movement than Lee Fang. The Machine goes beyond the headlines and explores exactly how this ideological movement operates."
Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter, The Huffington Post
A practical addition to literature on conservatism that will be widely appreciated, not just on the left.”
About the Author
Lee Fang is a former blogger for ThinkProgress and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in national publications including the "Boston Globe." He is a regular commentator on MSNBC and NPR, and his work has led to calls for investigations in Congress and the FEC. This is his first book. Fang lives in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
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I’m an independent voter and surprised at the disingenuous, yet effective, nature of the conservative messages since Obama was elected. Certainly an objective person can look at the Bush years and conclude that invading Iraq was orders of magnitude worse than anything ever suggested by Obama or any other modern US president for that matter. Invading Iraq lit a fuse that eventually ignited the Arab Spring (for example, much of the Isis terrorist leadership today evolved from the Iraqi army and law enforcement entities disbanded by the conservative strategy to punish Saddam Hussein’s political foundation).
Since Obama has been elected the “right” has obviously tried to make him fail and to look bad to voters by discrediting everything he’s done or tried to do. I didn’t understand how the right was able to get their narrow, ideological messages out to voters so effectively but after reading this book, I now understand and I fear that dysfunctional government may be here to stay.
Fang's carefully researched history is a tribute the persistence, wealth and leadership of the Koch brothers. Whether it is the Heritage Foundation, Fox News or a state's "free-market think tank", the fingerprints of five decades of Koch political activism are there. And it is no coincidence that this has been, for the Kochs, an investment that has reaped huge financial benefits at the expense of millions.
Anyone concerned about the growth of an American oligarchy needs to read "The Machine."
If you want to know what the Right is really up to these days, this is the book.
Be prepared. It might tick you off too.
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