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Posted July 27, 2007
Since the early 1980s, American politics have been meshed with the interests of large corporations. The result is a new form of 'corporatocracy,' which Thom Hartmann links to the woes of the middle class. He believes that the political Conservatives who pushed for privatization and special corporate tax breaks intentionally harmed the American middle class, which he calls the bedrock of democracy. While the U.S. government has helped corporations and wealthy citizens, it has increasingly taxed the public and killed social programs that fostered the middle class. Hartmann focuses on the U.S.' future, which, he says, depends on having a healthy middle class. He adds a historical perspective by quoting America's founders, who predicted the dangers of creeping corporatism, economic elitism and an incipient aristocracy. Although he is very assertive in his attacks on Conservatives and corporations, his approach is refreshing. We found this impassioned analysis interesting, but ¿ fair warning ¿ you won't like it much if you're a corporate lobbyist or a Bush supporter.
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Posted July 10, 2008
I was absolutely moved and determined to improve middle class life because of this book! Even to the point of wanting to start a crusade against the Cons. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends because I believe that if a progressive movement doesn't start soon, my generation - the 18-25 crowd could do something about it and fight off the injustice that the government and the current administration is doing to us like conning Social Security, privatizing healthcare, screwing up public education [which I am a product of the beginnings of NCLB's effects], etc. Not just for today's generation, but for my children's and future generations to come.
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